Peninsula Regional Health Ventures, Inc., a division of the Peninsula Regional Health System, the largest and most experienced health system on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Your Doc's In, the established experts in the delivery of ambulatory urgent care in the region, today announced a partnership to open an urgent care center in Salisbury, MD across from Salisbury University.

The new center will be the first urgent care center on Delmarva collaboratively owned and operated by the two local healthcare leaders. It will be located in the former Horner Honda building on South Salisbury Boulevard. The team there will provide cost-effective, high-quality urgent and occupational health services, giving residents of all ages a new healthcare option on the south side of Salisbury for acute illnesses and injuries that do not require an emergency room visit.

"This is a continuation of the Peninsula Regional Health System's commitment to offer exceptional healthcare services for the entire Delmarva Peninsula in locations that provide people options close to their homes, in the most appropriate setting, and give them the greatest value for their care," said Steve Leonard, Vice President of Operations Optimization and Innovation at the health system's Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The partnership is also evaluating other locations for a possible expansion to include additional urgent care centers across the Delmarva Peninsula. "Not every acute illness or injury requires the emergency room. We have the responsibility to be good stewards of our community's health, and that includes managing the cost of care in this new era of healthcare. We have an outstanding partner in Your Doc's In as we expand into the urgent care arena and consider new opportunities," said Christopher C. Hall, Peninsula Regional's Vice President for Strategy and Business Development/Chief Business Officer.

"This partnership brings together two healthcare experts in the pursuit of a common goal: to provide and expand local extended hours healthcare, and support the needs of our local businesses in multiple community-based facilities," added Walter Gianelle, MD, President/CEO, Your Doc's In.

The new urgent care center is expected to be open and seeing patients by early summer 2017.

In the Photo: Dr. Walter Gianelle, MD, Your Doc's In President/CEO, seated left, and Dr. Peggy Naleppa, MS, MBA, FACHE, President/CEO of the Peninsula Regional Health System, seated right, sign a partnership agreement that will created a Your Doc's In urgent care center near Salisbury University owned and operated by the two healthcare leaders. Joining them at the signing ceremony are Angela Gianelle, Chief Financial Officer, Your Doc's In, and Steve Leonard, Vice President of Operations Optimization and Innovation at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.