Blessings of care

St. Joe’s Urgent Care blessed in official opening ceremony

By Alexandra Lachine Editor-In-Chief

Dr. Vettrano, Medical Director of St. Joe’s Urgent Care leads the ribbon cutting for the ceremonial opening of the St. Joe’s Urgent Care on Nov. 30. The founder’s vision of the facility is
administrative leadership assumed by practicing physicians.

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Dr. Vettrano, Medical Director of St. Joe’s Urgent Care leads the ribbon cutting for the ceremonial opening of the St. Joe’s Urgent Care on Nov. 30. The founder’s vision of the facility is administrative leadership assumed by practicing physicians. (Photo by Melissa Green Photo Editor)

In early September, St. Joseph Mercy Health System broke more ground on the campus of Schoolcraft College with the debut of an urgent care facility. The St. Joe’s Urgent Care, located on the first floor of the Jeffress Center, was established to serve both the college campus and surrounding community.

The facility was the vision of St. Joe’s and the college alike. “Schoolcraft College is very interested in extending health care services here on campus,” explained Dave Spivey, president and CEO of St. Mary Mercy Livonia. “We are over the moon about being their partner here.”

Promptly at 9 a.m. on Nov. 30, the official blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony took place within the urgent care’s lobby. Father Luke Iwuji led the blessing of the entire facility. While St. Joseph  representatives directed the program with prayer and engagement with college and city officials on the initial successes.

While St. Joe’s well-established presence is strong throughout the metro-Detroit area, representatives say this particular facility rounds out the health system’s services in Livonia and surrounding communities.

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Doctors and nurses at St. Joe’s Urgent Care work closely together to provide comprehensive care to all patients. With x-ray imaging technology, as pictured, expanded services are available to patients making care more convenient and thorough. (Photo by Melissa Green)

The 6,000 square foot facility feels more comparable to a small hospital than the average urgent care. From the labs to the examination rooms, it’s immaculately designed, welcoming and open, due in part to the vision and dedication of Steve VanBrussel, director of construction  services for St. Joseph Mercy Health System.

With state of the art equipment, from walk-in lab technology to full X-ray
examination, it is well suited to serve a wide variety of non-life threatening medical concerns, such as fever, flu, minor cuts and minor broken bones and sprains. “A lot of ankle sprains…we haven’t had a lot of actual influenza, people think they have the flu but really it’s just the common cold,” explained Dr. Louis Cavadini, a physician with St. Joe’s.

As an entity of St. Joseph Medical Group, the facility is substantially led by physicians.“Dr. Vettraino, our Medical Director…had the wisdom to say to ourselves, we needed to have a physician leader help us lead this effort…and bind the vision for this urgent care,” explained Greg Scearce, team developer for the project.

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As a substantial facility, St. Joe’s Urgent Care offers a wide range of examination and lab rooms for on-site diagnostics. Labs such as the one pictured here are equipped for blood testing, fluid samples and other testing to ensure a correct diagnosis and plan for treatment. (Photo by Melissa Green)

In the three months since its opening, St. Joe’s Urgent Care has administered 2,500 flu shots and treated roughly 15-20 patients for various ailments each day. While the Urgent Care provides medical attention to all, it is estimated that 65-75 percent of the patients have been people from the Livonia community outside of Schoolcraft.

“So far we’ve had a great outpouring from the students. We’ve had a lot of students come in for injuries. We have had a huge amount of the community as well, to come into the urgent care, I think with signage and word-of-mouth…and Schoolcraft, the collaborative relationship we’ve had with them, has been amazing,” said Jackie Spencer, Practice Manager of St. Joe’s Urgent Care.

St. Joseph Mercy Health has continuously proven its commitment to the health of the communities it serves. “If we’re going to change the health of this community, we have to have partners like Schoolcraft come to us and work with us. This is a signature partnership for us, and it’s going to be a great partnership in the future,” said Scearce.

St. Joe’s Urgent Care is located in the Jeffress Center on the south side of 7 Mile Rd., conveniently operating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and observed holidays.