AtlantiCare Urgent and Primary Care Facility Relocates to Downtown Tuckerton

Nov 21, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson Tuckerton Mayor Sue Marshall cuts the ribbon as Tuckerton officials, AtlantiCare COO, physicians and staff look on at the pre-opening ceremony on Nov. 16.

AtlantiCare has relocated its primary care and urgent care services from Route 9 South in Little Egg Harbor, to a new location, 100 East Main St. in Tuckerton. It opens for clients on Nov. 26 and will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week.

During a pre-opening event last Friday, Tuckerton Mayor Susan Marshall cut the ribbon, surrounded by the borough council and AtlantiCare officials.

“It’s a beautiful facility, a big asset for the community and a nice ratable,” she said afterward.

“We’re thrilled how we’ve been welcomed here,” said AtlantiCare Chief Operating Officer Margaret Belfield. “From the start we have listened to you and partnered with you.”

She also thanked commercial developer Tony Cheng, who owns the site on the corner of Main and South Green Street and did the conversion of the building from a Chinese restaurant in just four months.

“You hit the date we wanted to hit,” she said.

The 5,800-square-foot facility includes four urgent care examination rooms, an X-ray room, a suture room, a pediatric room with a sea-themed mural, and in the second wing, a primary care facility with five exam rooms.

Rajinder Chugh is the medical director of the urgent care wing and William Berlin is the primary care doctor.

The facility will also employ a social worker two times a week, two medical assistants, two care managers, four client service representatives and a supervisor.

Urgent care centers are convenient places when a hospital emergency room is far away and the medical needs are not dire enough to call an ambulance. Sprains, lacerations, flu symptoms and abscesses are just some of the needs that are met in an urgent care facility. The early morning and evening hours are convenient for working folks and students, and weekends are often when accidents happen.

The inside of the building is lit by strategically placed picture windows that frame some views of Tuckerton and the walls are decorated with 31 paintings and prints by 18 New Jersey artists through AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program. Cathleen Engelsen’s photos of old Tuckerton including the Carlton House, which used to be on the corner, hang in the waiting room and Kathy English has a print of a dock in one of the exam rooms, just to name two local artists.

The parking lot has also been repaved and there are 56 parking spaces. New sidewalks were also installed during the renovation.  —P.J.



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