Oswego Health has named Christine Close, RN, BSN, as the clinical nurse manager of the urgent care center at the soon to be opened Central Square Medical Center.
Close, who has worked in the healthcare field for more than 14 years, was initially hired by Oswego Health as a staff nurse to work on one of Oswego Hospital’s medical/surgical floors.
Since then, she has advanced to the positions of charge nurse, case management manager and clinical nurse manager of Oswego Hospital’s fourth floor, where she oversaw patient care and supervised a staff of 70. In addition, she was the health system’s first physician liaison, keeping doctors up to date on Oswego Health’s many services and programs and serving as a connection between the physicians and the hospital.
Most recently, Close has been a nursing supervisor at the local 164-bed hospital.
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to lead the Oswego Health care team in Central Square and introduce our exceptional healthcare services to the community,” Close said. “I think area residents will be impressed with our new facility, the services we offer and our caring, knowledgeable staff.”
Close earned her Bachelor’s of Nursing Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. She obtained her registered nursing degree from Cayuga Community College.
Close and her husband, Robert, have three adult children.
In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, outdoor activities and spending time with her family and friends.
The Central Square Medical Center is expected to open this fall and will offer urgent care, medical imaging, lab and physical therapy services. The completely renovated facility will also feature a private women’s health suite for those needing a digital mammogram, bone density or ultrasound screening.
At the urgent care center, board-certified physicians will treat those with minor illnesses or injuries.
Among the minor illnesses and injuries that can be treated at the urgent care are cuts or wounds that require stitches, sprains, stains or deep bruises, ear infections, upper respiratory infections, coughs and congestion, sore throats, insect bites and rashes.
The urgent care center will be open daily, including holidays, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The lab will offer three convenient draw stations, while the medical imaging department will provide general X-rays and computed tomography (CT). The lab and medical imaging department will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and those patients needing these services after 5 p.m. should use the urgent care door.
Residents requiring therapy services will find a spacious suite that features comfortable individual treatment rooms for their physical, occupational and speech therapy needs. The department will have a well-equipped gym, including the latest in spinal decompression therapy for those suffering from pain in the lower back or neck. Parking will be conveniently located near the ground floor entrance.
Oswego Health officials are planning to hold a public open house prior to the facility’s opening this fall.
More details on the open house will be announced soon.