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OhioHealth HOOFit: Where You "Otter" Go For Care

The topic of the next OhioHealth HOOFit walk at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is “Where You Otter Go: Choosing the Right Place for Care.” It can be tricky to decide if your situation requires care from a primary care physician, a trip to urgent care or a visit to the emergency department.

That’s why 10TV recently visited with Jason Pedrick, MD, interim medical director of OhioHealth Urgent Care. Dr. Pedrick, who will be at the upcoming HOOFit walk, talked about different medical scenarios and the approrpiate place for care.  You can watch the full story in the player above.  

  • Primary Care – one of the benefits of having a primary care physician is the continuity of care you receive from your ongoing medical relationship. A primary care physician is a great option for preventative/wellness care, management of chronic diseases/conditions, sick visits and immunizations. OhioHealth even offers a same day express appointment center for established patients (including Saturday mornings!)
  • Urgent Care – urgent care provides prompt care for medical scenarios that are urgent, but not life threatening. They include minor breaks, strains and sprains, fever or flu-like symptoms, or even times when you need to be seen but your primary care physician is booked or closed.
  • Emergency Care – emergency care is for severe, life threatening situations such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Due to being open 24/7 and having specialized physicians and equipment for the most severe situations, this type of care is the most expensive of the three options.

Want to learn more about this topic and ask questions to our experts? Come join the OhioHealth HOOFit walking program with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. HOOFit is free with your zoo admission. It’s a great opportunity to walk with the animals and talk with an OhioHealth physician and a Zoo animal expert about health and wellness tips – and it could be your first step to better fitness.

To register for the HOOFit walk taking place on Thursday, June 7 at 9:30 a.m., click here. You can also view dates for upcoming HOOFit walks.

Can’t make it to the walk? Click here to learn more about where you “otter go” for care.