Construction is beginning on a third Pardee UNC Health Care urgent care center in Henderson County. Located in the Ingles Shopping Center at the corner of North Mills River Road and Boylston Highway, the 2,500 square-foot center is scheduled to open in 2018. Hospital spokespersons indicated the center is being built to meet an immediate need. Urgent care centers are growing in popularity, with about 8,000 now operating in the United States. Another 1,200 retail clinics operate in drug store chains. Retail clinics are only equipped to treat minor problems, like sore throats, common colds, and allergies. Urgent care centers typically can treat injuries including bone fractures, asthma attacks, and mild concussions. The Mills River center will be equipped for administering X-rays and performing lab tests. It will thus be able to handle sports and pre-employment physicals. Because the urgent care center is affiliated with Pardee, its board-certified providers on staff will be able to give qualified referrals for more complex issues. Not only do urgent care centers remain open after primary care physicians have gone home, they are usually less expensive and more efficient than hospital emergency departments. Pardee’s other two Henderson County urgent care centers are in downtown Hendersonville and at the Pardee Health Campus in Fletcher.