Urgent care set to open Oct. 21 

The former Ponderosa building on Route 20 in Ashtabula is scheduled to open as an urgent care facility.

ASHTABULA — A new urgent care facility will open this month after renovations are complete at the former Ponderosa restaurant.

The Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Oct. 21 at Prospect Urgent Care, 417 W. Prospect Road. 

Urgent Care Management P.C., of Farmington Hills, Michigan, is excited to join the community, said Greg Church, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

“Their mission is to provide compassionate and quality healthcare,” he said. “The walk-in clinic will treat illnesses and accidents of pediatric and adult patients.”

The clinic will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays.

Prospect Urgent Care will provide services for minor to moderate illnesses, including: upper respiratory infections, asthma and COPD exacerbations, back pain, headaches, ear aches, sore throats, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, eye infections and illnesses. 

It also will provide care to minor to moderate injuries including: lacerations, sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations, as well as on-site lab services for strep, mono, pregnancy, urine testing and glucose testing.

The clinic also will provide digital X-rays, audiograms and EKGs. 

Hughes Roller Building Company, a general contractor from Ashtabula, renovated the 6,000-square-foot building, according to permits from the Ashtabula County Building Department.

The former restaurant was gutted last April and transformed into an urgent care with doctors’ offices.

The Ponderosa closed more than a decade ago and the building was significantly deteriorated.

Mary Church, assistant director of planning and community development for the city of Ashtabula, said she’s excited about the project because it has turned an eyesore into an asset to the city.

“We are excited to finally see the former Ponderosa renovated and put back to use.” City Manager Jim Timonere said. “Access to medical care is important to our community and we welcome Prospect Urgent Care to our City.”

The recent success of the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic proved more access to health care is something that’s needed in Ashtabula County, he said.

More than 1,650 patients received a total of nearly $1 million worth of free medical, dental and vision care during the three-day weekend, according to RAM’s preliminary numbers.

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