Health care facility to open in Henderson

Nov. 08, 2013 @ 02:02 PM

After six short weeks of construction, an urgent care center that has replaced the former Blockbuster video rental on the corner of Beckford and Dabney will hold a grand opening Saturday.

FastMed Urgent Care on South Beckford Drive will offer a walk-in clinic and medical center.

Reuel Heyden, FastMed marketing director, said the new urgent care center will bring seven to nine new jobs to the area, including front desk receptionists, medical assistants and physician assistants.

It will be open daily, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Crosland Southeast, a commercial developer that owns the 0.84-acre property, asked the Henderson Planning Board to approve a request to rezone the area from an industrial non-park zoning district to a highway commercial zoning district in May.

The board unanimously approved the request and the Henderson City Council approved the board’s request to rezone the property in June.

FastMed is leasing the South Beckford Drive site from Crosland Southeast.

Henderson Councilman Michael Rainey said he is glad to see the site occupied.

“It allows a lot of people to access medical treatment and it saves time, rather than having to go to the hospital,” said Rainey, who also serves on the Planning Board.

Heyden said the urgent care company has opened nine new facilities, including locations in Salisbury, Greenville, Lumberton, Greensboro and Rocky Mount, in the past year.

The facility in Henderson makes 37 locations in North Carolina and there are 25 locations in Arizona.

FastMed was created in 2001 as Urgent Cares of America, Inc., which consisted of a single urgent care clinic. The company expanded its operation with six urgent care clinics in the Raleigh area and three clinics across the western portion of the state.

In 2011, five urgent care locations opened in Arizona and the company changed its name to FastMed.

Heyden said FastMed is an independent health-care facility that can treat non-life threatening injuries, such as minor burns, sprains and colds.

Chest pain and major injuries, like head trauma, are not treated at FastMed.

The FastMed in Henderson will offer free flu shots to the first 100 people who request an adult flu shot.

At today’s grand opening, administrative staff will be available on site to answer questions about the services.

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.