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Dr. William Roes, who has provided primary care services at his clinic in Key Center for more than three decades, was asked if he could work at St. Anthony Hospital in the emergency room during the pandemic. After consideration, he said he thought he could do a better job caring for people on the Key Peninsula and relieving pressure on the ER by opening his office to people needing urgent care, he said.

His practice has been too full to accept new patients, but during the pandemic he said they will be able to accommodate visits for those in the community who do not have ready access to their usual providers with a service he is calling Key Peninsula Prompt Care.

Anyone seeking care should call the office first to ensure they can provide the right service. The call will include questions about COVID-19 to assess any need for testing. The clinic has a testing kiosk and can get results in three days. If the visit is not related to COVID-19 and the clinic can meet their needs, they will be scheduled for a visit that day if possible.

For those with insurance, the clinic will bill the insurance company. For those without insurance or with high deductibles the clinic will charge a sliding scale fee, which is a significant reduction from the clinic’s usual charges. The fee, $40 paid at the time of the visit, should cover most services. The receptionist can let the patient know of exceptions.

“We will do our best to take care of your urgent need on the day you contact us, but being seen as a KP Prompt Care patient does not mean the Key Medical Center is now your medical home,” Roes said. “We view this more as a medical motel where you can get help close to home.”

The clinic phone number is 253-884-9221.