With all of the urgent care centers and immediate care clinics opening on every other street corner and strip mall, you have a lot of choices for medical care. Traditionally, when you get sick, you make an appointment to see your doctor. Sometimes, you can get in at the date and time desired. Other times, you may have to wait a few days or weeks to see a practitioner. If it is something that can’t wait or a medical emergency, you begrudgingly head to the Emergency Room, wait forever and get an astronomical bill.
Now, there are regional and national chains for immediate care and urgent care centers as well as stand alone clinics – LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care. These immediate care and urgent care centers offer you “low wait times” and for a much lower cost than going to the ER. However, when you go to one of these clinics, its important to ask WHO is actually evaluating you? Not everyone who wears a white coat is a doctor!
Who Is Treating You at Urgent Care Centers?
After calling three urgent care clinics to find out who would be seeing patients today, I received three different answers – a nurse practitioner, a physician assistant and an occupational health physician. All three wear white coats and all three have different levels of education and training. According to a top medical school, the median GPA was 3.89 (on a 4.0 scale) for students accepted into the MD program. Other schools only requires a 2.8 GPA for the PA school so the MD program is much more selective. A Physician Assistant (PA) must legally be supervised by a physician whereas a Nurse Practitioner (NP) does not need to be. Most physicians complete at least 3 to 11 years of residency after a 4 year medical school. Nurse practitioners complete a masters programs and have a few years of clinical training as well.
So, as you are waiting in the treatment room for your provider, find out who will be taking care of you. Everyone should be fully informed of who is making decisions about what may or may not be wrong with you. It is important to know if you are being treated by an MD, NP or a PA, how much experience they have and what their specialty is. They all wear a white coat.
Physicians at Our Urgent Care Center
When you make an appointment at LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care, you will be seen by Dr. Khan or Dr. Byrd. Both are licensed physicians. Dr. Hasan Khan is an internist and the Medical Director, and Dr. Byrd is a family practice and primary care physician at LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care.
Hasan Khan, M.D. is a graduate of Chicago Medical School and on staff at Adventist Midwest Health (Hinsdale and LaGrange Hospitals). His did his internship at Loyola University and his residency at the University of Chicago. Under his direction, the practice has provided primary care, urgent care, occupational health services to the surrounding communities for over 20 years. Dr. Khan’s mission is to help a patient live a better life through education, prevention and treatment of disease.
Brenda Byrd, M.D. has been taking care of patients for over 20 years. Dr. Byrd studied at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as well as Chicago Medical School. Along with our other healthcare providers, she is also listed on the NRCME for DOT physicals. Dr. Byrd’s philosophy is to provide healthcare that is culturally sensitive with an emphasis on preventive care, promotion of healthy lifestyles, interactive patient care and education.
LaGrange Medical Center location is 6170 Joliet Road in Countryside, Illinois. We are minutes away from Interstates 55 and 294, just off Joliet Road and LaGrange (Route 45). LaGrange Medical Center is open 6 days a week – Monday through Saturday. You can call us for an appointment at 708-352-0330.