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March 11, 2014

Opening today: Xpress Wellness first state location to open

ENID, Okla. — A new urgent-care clinic opens today in Enid.

Xpress Wellness, located at 220 S. Van Buren, is the company’s first location to open. In three weeks, a second location opens in Elk City.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Scott Williams said he plans on opening another five in Oklahoma by the end of this year. Those locations will be announced later this month, he said.

“The rate that our population is growing, and the rate we’re putting out primary care providers, it will only get worse and worse,” Williams said. “This really just fills a niche.”

Within five years, he said, there could be 40 more clinics branded under the Xpress Wellness name.

An urgent-care facility is designed to offer treatment for those who can’t wait for a traditional doctor’s appointment, but either can’t afford or aren’t ill enough to warrant a visit to a hospital emergency room.

“It’s acute care,” said Office Manager Debbie Givens. “A lot of times when you call your primary care physician, you can’t get right in. That’s the purpose of the urgent care so you can walk in and get seen, and go home.”

What an urgent care facility won’t do is handle long-term illnesses like high blood pressure or diabetes. That, Williams said, is for a primary care physician to handle.

As of now, Xpress Wellness is serviced in Enid by Dr. Seth Switzer. Williams said he plans to have a permanent staff of doctors, with the occasional fill-in.

“Our model is really to have our own staff physicians. We will have a small pool of people who can rotate in and out to help with vacation time,” he said. “But we want our physicians to be dedicated to our system and our model.”

The building at 220 S. Van Buren replaced a structure formerly occupied by MotoPhoto.

Williams took his vision and partnered with Brian Hayden, who serves as president of Xpress Wellness Urgent Care. Part of Williams’ vision is a facility that relies on technology. Patients can “get in line” online through the Xpress Wellness website. Nurses and doctors will communicate via iPads. Everything is stored online.

“You’ll probably notice there’s not any file cabinets. It’s all electronic,” Hayden said. “It’s a great way to keep everything organized, plus if you come in for a visit, we can get that information over to your primary care (doctor) pretty quick.”

After filling out a form online to set up a visit, Xpress Wellness staff will call with information about how long of a wait it will be to see a doctor.

“The way we plan to do this is telling you your time is just as important to us as our time is. So we don’t expect people to come in and sit for a long time,” Williams said.

Xpress Wellness is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-7 p.m. Sunday.

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