By Rochelle Maruch Miller

Dr. Robert Van Amerongen believes in giving back to the community. As medical director of Urgent MD Family Care, which opened in Hewlett last month, Dr. Van Amerongen, MD, FAAP, FACEP, FAAEM, brings decades of experience and expertise as director of the pediatric emergency service at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, as volunteer EMS physician for Chevra Hatzalah Ambulance Corps, and as medical director of Chai Lifeline/Camp Simcha Special. He also brings his passion for urgent care as a proven model of appropriate and affordable medical care in the 21st century.

“Our goal is to be a community resource,” says Dr. Van Amerongen. “As a physician working in emergency medicine, I realized that many patients were not in life-threatening situations and did not need emergency care, but had come because they had nowhere else to go. Within our area, especially as a result of the recent closings of Peninsula Hospital Center and Long Beach Medical Center, emergency departments are overcrowded with patients. I am seeing this in my emergency department in Brooklyn, as well. At Urgent MD, we have established strong relationships with the local hospitals and we are honored to be able to provide consumer-friendly service within our own community.”

He adds, “I have a vision where patients have a ‘wow experience.’ We train our staff in customer satisfaction. The community we have here on the South Shore is health-savvy; they know the difference between those who ‘walk the walk’ and those who just ‘talk the talk.’ At Urgent MD Family Care, we treat every patient with style, speed, and compassion in our conveniently located, state-of-the-art facility.”

Chances are you or a loved one has had an acute illness or injury. We have all comforted our precious little ones through many a fever and sore throat. Perhaps you have lacerated a finger cutting vegetables on a Thursday night or tended to a broken ankle. While none of these situations can be described as life-threatening emergencies, they do, however, require urgent attention. Consider the possibility of the situation occurring during the evening or weekend, at a time when your primary physician’s office is closed. Consider, as well, the possibility of you or a family member requiring services such as IV, X-ray, or stitches that your physician does not provide.

Under these circumstances, your options are limited, at best. You can proceed to the emergency room or wait (hardly a recommended course of action when urgent care is necessary) until your physician’s office reopens. Should you opt for the emergency room, be prepared for a long and often unpleasant wait until you or the patient is finally seen. By nature, hospital emergency departments are busy, noisy, and often overcrowded with priority rightfully given to life-threatening situations.

Which is precisely why Urgent MD Family Care was established–to give the Five Towns community a superb state-of-the-art facility where we are afforded quality “one-stop medical shopping.” A doctor is on duty at all times. They provide timely, appropriate, and affordable service for both adult and pediatric patients on a walk-in, no-appointment basis with minimal wait time. Among the procedures that are commonly performed in urgent-care centers are rapid strep test, flu testing, mono testing, urinalysis, stitches, X-rays, and casting and splinting. Urgent MD has its own onsite lab and minimal-radiation digital X-ray, and every X-ray is read by a board-certified radiologist.

The facility is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.—midnight; Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 11:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m. Shabbos-observant patients may rest assured that Urgent MD is “Shabbos-friendly;” it is located within the eiruv and Shabbos restrictions are respected and accommodated.

Urgent MD is conveniently located adjacent to CVS at 1220 Peninsula Boulevard, near Mill Road, in Hewlett. Ample free parking is available. For late-night prescriptions, a CVS pharmacy is within five-minute proximity.

Most major insurance plans are accepted. For further information, please call 516-4-URGENT or visit Have a healthy, happy, and safe summer! v


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