Hoboken residents are busy people, and busy people tend not to prioritize their own well being. Too often, when faced with a bad cold or nasty cut, the response is something along the lines of, “I’ll just drink a ton of NyQuil,” or, “It’s not that deep, I’ll just stick a Band Aid on it.” It can be difficult to score an appointment at a doctor’s office without disrupting your work schedule, and emergency room bills are expensive.
Now, a new urgent care provider in Hoboken will try to provide residents with quality medical attention without the burden of finding time off from work or facing astronomical hospital invoices.
Doctors and nurses at the AstraHealth Center, scheduled to open Monday at 95 Hudson St., will be able to treat almost every type of non-life threatening emergency right from their state-of-the-art facility. Patients can arrive without an appointment seven days a week, 365 days a year, at almost any hour of the day.
“AstraHealth is a professional entity that we’re running as if it were a family business,” said Dr. Raghu Varma, the company’s medical director. “You can come here for basically anything you’d go to your regular doctor for, but we’re different, because we’re trying to cater to your needs and your schedule.”
Varma, who has been a doctor for 15 years, also oversees medical operations at the company’s Basking Ridge office, which opened in November. The company will also open a third branch in Bayonne sometime this spring.
“It’s important to us that we’re a part of this community.” – Dr. Raghu Varma
AstraHealth, unlike many urgent care facilities, accepts most major health insurance, as well as occupational medicine and worker’s compensation, a fact which Varma said he would make known to Hoboken’s small businesses.
“It’s important to us that we’re a part of this community,” he said. “We don’t want people to have to wait for hours at the emergency room, and we want them to know that if they come here, the chances are that we’ll be able to take care of them.”
AstraCare is certified by the Urgent Care Association of America, which only awards accreditation to around 100 centers nationwide.
Wide range of care
Anthony Russo, the supervisor of the Hoboken office, said that AstraHealth’s Hudson Street space is perfectly tailored to the company’s mission to provide care for a wide range of illnesses and injuries. The office holds four emergency room-style stretcher bays with curtains around them, as well as four private rooms (three exam rooms and one procedure room). There is also an on-site laboratory, where physician’s assistants can run most tests, including drug screenings and blood tests, in under an hour.
Finally, there is a modern digital x-ray room along with an on-site radiologist who can read the results of any scans in a short amount of time.
“We’re outfitted to provide standard wound care, such as sutures, splints, staples, wound care, burn care and the like, as well as more serious coughs and colds,” said Russo during a tour of the facility. “Sometimes you don’t need to go to the ER.”
A sense of urgency
Located just around the corner from Hoboken Bus Terminal and PATH station, AstraHealth’s business model is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of the city’s residents.
The center will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
“The location is convenient, and the way we’re running things is designed to get people in and our as quickly as possible,” Russo said. “You won’t have to take a day off of work to come to AstraHealth.”
For more information on AstraHealth, visit www.astra-hc.com or call (908) 760-8888.
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