American Family Care is opening its sixth urgent care clinic in the area in Ooltewah.
"We found that Ooltewah itself doesn't have a lot of [urgent care] options," Rachel Davis of AFC Urgent Care said. "We wanted to be a provider for the Ooltewah and Collegedale community."
The new location is at Wolftever Crossing, 9058 Old Lee Highway.
AFC is creating about 20 new jobs for the Ooltewah community.
The new clinic will serve patients seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. It is a walk-in-only location, so there is no need for an appointment or to call ahead.
Patients can get treatment for a variety of illnesses and injuries, from acute illnesses to sports injuries to minor surgical needs. It is equipped with digital X-rays, on-site lab testing and electronic medical records.
The clinic will treat children 6 months of age and up.
"We expect to have patients in and out in under an hour," Davis said.
The Ooltewah location is independently owned and operated by Larry Kugler and his business partners, along with medical directors Dr. Todd Rudolph and Dr. Natasha Ballard.
American Family Care founder and CEO Dr. Bruce Irwin said that Kugler and his team are helping fulfill the business' mission of providing quality, accessible, economical health care.
"The opening of this clinic, along with additional AFC locations planned for the Tennessee area in the coming months, provides us the opportunity to serve the community with quality health care in a manner that also saves them time and money," he said in a prepared statement.
There will be a grand opening event March 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. to showcase the new facility. The clinic will begin seeing patients at 8 a.m. March 3.
It will be the business' seventh location in Tennessee.
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Click here for information on AFC expansions in 2014.
Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is a staff writer for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.