You really can’t have a livable community without having access to good healthcare services. As downtown continues to mature as an established urban center, it is critical that it offers its residents a variety of medical resources since people are bound to get sick and accidents do happen. That’s why I’m so excited that an actual real urgent care has opened here in Downtown LA’s rapidly developing South Park district. Last month, Reliant Urgent Care opened a brand new state-of-the-art facility directly across the street from the new massive $1 billion Metropolis project.
Last year, I had to visit an urgent care several times and I was frustrated that I had to drive up to Pasadena from DTLA to go to a nice full-service one (the Huntington Pasadena Urgent Care Center) that I felt comfortable with. As a downtown resident, of course I would prefer to stay in my own community if possible making it more convenient for me. And after touring the brand new Reliant Urgent Care here in downtown, I was so excited because it’s definitely a legit urgent care that will add a lot of value to the downtown community.
Opening on the ground floor of a new mixed-use parking structure, the new 6,000 square foot downtown location with seven exam rooms is Reliant’s third urgent care facility. Their original and largest one is located by LAX airport and has become a go-to spot in the area for those who seek medical attention. The Medical Director and President of Reliant, Max Lebow, decided to open here in South Park after realizing the growing downtown population was underserved, which I could attest to based on my own aforementioned experience.
“At a full-service urgent care like ours, we could probably see about two-thirds of ER patients,” Lebow explained. “Walking pneumonia, lacerations, sprains, migraines, or if you have a sore throat.”
And there’s a definite economic incentive to visiting an urgent care versus an emergency room. It’s usually A LOT cheaper. According to Lebow, it’s more cost effective because there’s no facility fee, and in California, visiting an urgent care is coded the same as if you were seeing a doctor as opposed to going to the ER. Nevertheless, if a patient is determined to be too sick for the urgent care to handle, they will be sent over to the ER. The added benefit is that usually the patient doesn’t have to wait in line at the ER because they have already gone through preliminary testing at the urgent care.
Reliant Urgent Care in Downtown LA opened on May 2, 2016 and is equipped with full digital x-ray machines as well as the most modern blood sampling equipment for fast onsite lab results. They are open seven days a week from 8 am to 10 pm.
For more info on Reliant Urgent Care, please visit them online.