A group of like-minded do-gooders recognized the lack of access to medical services in the community, and they decided to create a space for people looking for timely medical care.
Black doctors are coming together to make a positive impact on their communities with the help of medicine. The Chicago Crusader reports that a collection of African-American medical professionals have come together to open up Chicago's only Black-owned urgent medical care facility.
A group of Black doctors joined forces to open Chicago’s only Black-owned urgent care facility. https://t.co/bxmSCodYDn— NewsOne (@newsone) May 11, 2019
The Premier Health Urgent Care center is the first one of its kind in Hyde Park. It is the brainchild of Airron Richardson, MD, Michael A. McGee, MD, Reuben C. Rutland, MD, and ex-NFL player Dr. Gregory Primus. The group of like-minded do-gooders recognized the lack of access to medical services in the community, and they decided to create a space for people looking for urgent medical care. But the PremierHealth Urgent Care center also provides mental health and wellness services as well.
They just opened the first Black owned urgent care facility on the south side of Chicago.https://t.co/OnUEIvKAeb— #becauseofthemwecan (@Becauseofthem) May 9, 2019
In a statement, the owners emphasized the center's collective goal. "We are happy to open an urgent care in Hyde Park because the community needs it. I see so many urban professionals who either delay or go without care because of time constraints. No one has 8 hours to wait in the emergency department for a minor illness or the flexibility to wait 3 weeks because their primary care doctor is booked solid. We are here to help fill that gap," said Dr. Rutland.
This is a start. We must support even if the cost is more!! We need to have our own everything!— Martha Pratt (@redone627) May 11, 2019
Doctors are under an oath that requires them to serve any patient that comes to them. Under this oath, they cannot discriminate against patients seeking medical aid. But Black patients do find it harder to seek immediate urgent care when they present their problems in an emergency room.
Positive move! Working together to meet a need!— Gwen (@Luxurytravel2) May 11, 2019
"We are not in competition with the doctors’ offices or the emergency department. We are a supplement to them both, to help relieve the stress on those two facilities," continues the statement.
Nice— Ft. Bend Links (@ftbendlinksinc) May 11, 2019
In addition to the provision of urgent medical care, the Premier Health Urgent Care center also focuses on positively impacting their community by focusing on combating violence in Chicago. A part of their profits will be given to Project Outreach and Prevention, an organization which is working towards ending youth-related violence in the surrounding neighborhoods.
You can learn more about the organization here.