If you're in need of urgent medical attention, your best bet to get it is right around the corner. Immediate Medical Care of CNY, located on Cazenovia Road in Manlius, is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. The private operation is unique in that it's staffed by medical doctors only - patients get to see a physician every time.
Founder Dr. Thomas Chmelicek, who has more than 11 years experience working both in ER and in family practice settings, said he still believes that doctor-patient relationships provide the best level of care. Trained in in his own country of origin, Canada, Chmelicek then worked for seven years as part of a multinational group in Mississippi that owned numerous urgent cares. His Manlius practice, which opened three years ago on Jan. 15, is a model of that group.
"If you have skilled physicians, you get [seen] quicker and [receive] faster treatment," he said. "That's been the model since day one."
Chmelicek, pronounced Ha-meli-check and also known as Dr. C, said Immediate Medical Care is a true urgent care, where people come on a walk-in basis and no appointments are necessary. He said most visits are sick children, cases of bronchitis and flus, but the 3,000 square-foot space is also equipped with an on-site lab for blood work and x-ray services.
As described on the center's website, imccny.com, "We can treat any age group, from pediatrics to geriatrics, from eye care to surgical care, from women's health to family health ... We provide the crucial initial care." If follow-up care is needed, your doctor will either coordinate with your regular physician or give a referral if you don't already have one.
When patients arrive, they sign in at the front desk and take a seat in a spacious, inviting lobby. Chmelicek said his philosophy is old school; his staff is personable and treats everyone with respect.