The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 20, 2013

Urgent-care clinic to open at old MotoPhoto location

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Xpress Wellness has announced it will open an urgent-care clinic at 220 S. Van Buren.

The site is the old MotoPhoto location.

The urgent-care clinic is the second announced by the group in Oklahoma. The first location is in Elk City. According to Brian Hayden, a partner in the company, the Enid clinic will begin seeing patients by January 2014.

“Xpress Wellness has formed a medical services agreement with St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center to staff the Enid medical center,” Hayden said in a news release.

Xpress Wellness is an urgent-care and occupational-medicine provider that will treat non-life-threatening illness and injuries on a walk-in basis, with no appointment needed, Hayden said. The clinic will be open seven days a week, with extended evening hours and weekend services.

The center will contain eight exam rooms, including a procedure room, triage room and will have the ability to provide women’s health care. It will include computerized radiology services, lab services, diagnostic testing and EKG onsite. Comprehensive medical services will be provided, including care for common illnesses, sprains, flu, allergies, infections, pediatric care, sports physicals, vaccinations, work physicals, drug screens and work-related injuries.

 In addition to insurance, the clinic will accept workers’ compensation and Medicare.

Hayden and Geoff Helm were invited to join the company. The locations of the other eight Xpress Wellness clinics planned have not been chosen. The first 10 clinics are expected to be opened by the end of 2016.

Hayden said he is excited about the project. When Hayden was employed by AdvancePierre Foods, the company opened a clinic for employees and established a benefit plan.

“I hope to be able to add quite a bit of value to this venture,” he said. “We believe there is additional demand in Enid that supports additional urgent care.”

Xpress Wellness is an Oklahoma-based privately held company led by Dr. Scott Williams. Williams graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified through American Board of Osteopathic Family Practitioners. Williams is chief of staff for Great Plains Regional Medical Center. He has been in family practice in Elk City since 1999, with special interests in obstetrics and sports medicine.

The facility was approved Monday by Metropolitan Area Planning Commission for a 4,000-square-foot building. The property is zoned C-3 general commercial, and city staff recommended approval of the site plan.

City Planner Chris Bauer said most people will remember the site as the MotoPhoto.

“The house is also part of this project,” Bauer said of a residence located on the west side of the property. “Both have been demolished, paving the way for this.”

There is an exit through a shared alley that allows trash truck access.

 Helm also is a member of MAPC and excused himself from the vote.