Boro Park Snapshot: Centers Urgent Care
Working in an urgent care center, there is never a dull day as patients stream in with injuries and pains.
Every night, patients come into Centers Urgent Care at 4426 18th Avenue to be treated by the team led by Nurse Practitioner Yehuda Schonfeld.
Open Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 pm - 12:00 am, as well as additional hours on Friday and Shabbos, Yiddy Rosman who is the practice manager says that the late-night hours are convenient for Boro Park residents.
As patients often come in for treatment in the evening, NP Schonfeld is ready to help.
Treating medical trauma is no new adventure for NP Schonfeld who has spent the last twelve years as a volunteer with Hatzalah and also worked in both the adult and pediatric wings of the NYU Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
In pursuit of a career in emergency medicine, NP Schonfeld got his first bachelors at Touro College and a second bachelors with a specialty in nursing at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Later, NP Schonfeld got his masters at Pace University as well as training to become a paramedic.
Every night, patients arrive at Centers Urgent Care with any number of ailments and pains. Ranging from an ordinary cut all the way to a broken arm or a person experiencing chest pain, the practice says Rosman is fully equipped to handle most cases.
The practice boasts tools like EKG and x-ray machines in order to best evaluate the injury or pain and help determine the next steps towards treatment like splinting a break or giving antibiotics.
The center is also fully equipped to draw blood to be sent to labs for results - something that NP Schonfeld says he is regularly engaged in as parents bring in their children specially to him to get his expert touch.
Drawing blood is something that has seen a great resurgence in demand recently as people seek to evaluate whether they have COVID-19 antibodies.
Antibody testing is only the final piece of a pandemic that plunged the urgent care practice into crisis mode.
Over the initial months of the pandemic, the office was seeing many patients each day administering various tests to evaluate for COVID-19 like nasal swabs as well as tests to help find the best treatment for individual patients.
One landmark tool that Centers Urgent Care had during the height of pandemic was their willingness to conduct chest x-rays. As other urgent cares and radiology centers turned patients seeking chest x-rays away, Centers Urgent Care continued to conduct them.
Interestingly at Centers Urgent Care, many of the usual traumas that keep them busy all but disappeared for three months as they battled the pandemic. This not to say however, that life was easy at the practice. NP Schonfeld said that as the staff of the urgent care treated people for the virus, they themselves got sick leading to an increased workload for everyone else.
The nurses and doctors at the center administered various forms of aid to coronavirus patients including antibiotics and respiratory assistance.
Anyone needing emergent care can visit Centers Urgent Care at their Boro Park campus located at 4426 18th Avenue which is open Sunday through Thursday 6:00 pm to 12:00 am, Friday 1:00 pm to 12:00 am, and Shabbos 12:00 pm to 12:00 am or at their Flatbush campus at 1811 Avenue J which is open Sunday through Friday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Shabbos 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.