By Eric Althoff
DALLAS—The North Texas healthcare provider CommunityMed Urgent Care has added to the number of clinics it boasts in the Dallas metropolitan area with a new facility located in the community of Southlake. The new clinic is located at 2315 E. Southlake Blvd., along a busy corridor in the northern suburbs of Dallas.
The Southlake location’s amenities for patients will include X-ray scanning as well as other diagnostic tools. A core tenet of the company’s model is to provide urgent care for patients who perhaps do not require a visit to an actual emergency room. Accordingly, the Southlake facility will also be set up to tend to such common issues as infections, flu, diarrhea, UTI, fractures and various kinds of skin rashes.
And because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the clinic will also feature “Rapid Antigen” and PCR Swab tests for patients who may have come into contact with the virus that causes the condition known as covid-19. Blood antibody tests will also be provided for people who were previously infected but are no longer exhibiting the classic symptoms of the respiratory syndrome.
Testing is open to anyone, the clinic announced, and Rapid Antigen results will be printed out on CommunityMed letterhead for the patient to then take with them. The clinic will be open for those with insurance as well as those paying for their covid tests with cash, according to the clinic’s website.
In the early months of the facility’s operation, the clinic will be expanding to medical and drug screenings for workers from the Department of Transportation. In the ensuing months, the Southlake clinic will add occupational medical services.
In a recent statement, Birken Olson, CommunityMed’s CEO, said that the firm was thrilled to be extending its services to the Southlake area.
“We’ve been hoping to open a clinic here for quite some time,” Olson said.
CommunityMed’s other locations in the Dallas-Forth Worth area include Cross Roads, Arlington, Lantana, Haslet, Princeton, Melissa, Prosper, Wichita Falls and Princeton.
In addition to its physical clinics, CommunityMed earlier this year unveiled a “virtual” waiting room to reduce the amount of time that patients spend awaiting medical attention. This also helps stem the potential further spread of the coronavirus by keeping some patients at home who perhaps do not require urgent medical care.