Three months ago, the closest thing Five Towns residents had to emergency care was nearby hospital emergency rooms. Now the area, specifically Hewlett, has two urgent care facilities, with the opening of ER-DOX on Broadway.
Established by certified emergency medicine physicians Dr. Larry Kessler and Dr. Scott Flashner, who worked at Brunswick Hospital in Amityville before it shuttered, ER-DOX, similar to nearby Urgent-MD, aims to provide the community with a facility that deals with non-life threatening medical emergencies. The doctors started the practice after becoming concerned that the needs of patients were not going to be met with the closure of Brunswick Hospital.
The Hewlett location, at 1158 Broadway, will be ER-DOX’s third practice, after Amityville and Massapequa. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., conducting procedures such as stitches, x-rays, injury management, testing for Strep, Flu and Mono, minor surgical procedures including abscesses, cysts and foreign body removal from skin, and nose, ear, eye and asthma treatments. Lab work is also available on site. No appointments are necessary.
“Our Hewlett location represents our biggest commitment to urgent care and access to health care for the neighborhood,” Kessler said. “As we expand our practice, our underlying goal is to provide 'a cure for the common ER.' We want to be a place where all feel welcome, patients know they may arrive without an appointment, be seen in a timely manner and get on with their day. That security and peace of mind for adults and children hopefully eases the stress of life's little disasters.”
Hewlett was selected as the doctors’ new location “based on the area's under service by immediate access health care, population, distance from hospitals with overcrowded emergency rooms and need,” according to an ER-DOX spokesperson. The practice accepts most insurances, and for those without insurance, rates begin at $95.