TALLADEGA -- Starting in August, Talladega will have a new family and urgent care clinic. According to a press release, the new 3,200-square-foot facility will include on-site lab testing, X-ray facilities and a pharmacy. Appointments can be made via the company’s website or Facebook page.
Maxus Construction is expected to break ground soon on the new MainStreet Family Urgent Care in front of the Dollar General on Battle Street. The company already operates a similar facility on U.S. 280 in Sylacauga.
“We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve communities like Talladega, Munford, Alpine … and Waldo,” MainStreet CEO Sam Eskildsen said. “We consider our staff and our patients as one family, and in a time of need, we help get our family members feeling better fast. Our hope is that offering patients the convenience of shorter wait times and same-day appointments with trained, certified physicians will make healthcare accessible to everyone in the Talladega area.”
A community-wide grand opening is expected to mark the occasion of the new clinic opening its doors in August, the release says.
Marketing Director Betsy Stewart explained that Main Street is “looking for places that are growing, attracting people to live and work, but where people may be driving 30 to 40 minutes for health care. We want to bring in something local to keep them here. We will be working with local doctors and hospitals to help people stay close to home and keep their tax dollars in the community.”
The new clinic will be open seven days a week with extended hours. It will “not only provide treatment for everyday illnesses like flu and strep throat, but also perform a number of diagnostic tests and even minor procedures such as suturing and foreign object removal. Furthermore, the clinic delivers a choice of occupational health services such as worker’s compensation injuries, pre-employment drug testing and DOT physicals,” the release reads. They will also offer “services ranging from school and sports physicals for kids to safety training and certification for employees.”
The in-house pharmacy will carry most of the commonly prescribed medicines to save patients the time of having to make a trip to the pharmacy, according to the release adds.
Main Street Medical Director Timothy “Timbo” Taylor, M.D., added “Not only will the state-of-the-art clinic in Talladega significantly advance the delivery of quality and efficient health-care services to patients, but we also hope the convenient services and friendly staff will make the entire ordeal of being sick or injured a much more pleasant experience.”
Stewart says Main Street will not be competing with the hospital or primary care doctors.
“There will be things that we can’t handle, where we will refer people to the hospital, say, for an imaging specialist. We’ll keep the referrals local whenever we can,” she said. “We have no intention of stealing patients from anyone, and we actually prefer that people work with a primary care physician for conditions like diabetes. But we can do things like help the ER doctors from getting slammed during flu season. We want to help bridge the gap between primary care and the emergency room.”
The new clinic will hire two or three nurse practitioners and seven to 10 medical assistants, working full and part time, as well as a marketing and sales manager.
“We plan to hire as local as possible,” Stewart said.
Based in Birmingham, Main Street Family Urgent Care also operates clinics in Alexander City, Arab, Centre, Eufala, Moody, Onteonta, Selma and Valley as well as the one in Sylacauga.