Tennessee-based urgent care provider Urgent Team grows to largest in Arkansas

by Jeff Della Rosa (JDellaRosa@nwabj.com) 507 views 

Washington Regional Urgent Care has expanded since Fayetteville-based healthcare provider Washington Regional Medical Center and Nashville, Tenn.-based healthcare provider Urgent Team announced a partnership in July.

On Nov. 4, Washington Regional Urgent Care opened a 3,600-square-foot clinic at 3300 W. Sunset Ave. in Springdale. Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. renovated the former bank into the clinic. It will have six exam rooms and one procedure room, said Mike Dupuis, division vice president for Urgent Team. Dupuis oversees operations for the company’s Arkansas centers, including Washington Regional Urgent Care.

“Our companies realized there were unmet opportunities in this region of Arkansas,” Dupuis said. This is a great partnership because Washington Regional has such a well-recognized brand and Urgent Team specializes in building and operating networks of urgent care centers where patients live and work.”

The company chose to add a Springdale location after receiving “data/analytics from this market and felt that there was sufficient demand,” he said. “This particular building was available and met our requirements. This location will be our 21st in Arkansas, which makes us the largest urgent care network in the state.”

On May 29, Fayetteville-chartered Arvest Bank sold the former bank on 1.27 acres to 901 University LLC of Little Rock for $865,000, according to Washington County property records. On Oct. 31, Debra Christoffers Revocable Trust of Fayetteville purchased the property from 901 University for $1.07 million.

The Springdale clinic has between 14 and 16 employees and four at any one time. The clinic’s advanced practice registered nurses include Joel Larru, Katie Martin and Debbie DeFreitas-Cook, and they will be supervised by physicians, Dupuis said.

Washington Regional Urgent Care also recently opened a Bentonville location and has clinics in Fayetteville, Harrison, Johnson and Rogers. Dupuis said no other locations are planned at this time, but the company will continue to look into all opportunities.

“Washington Regional and Urgent Team are committed to delivering convenient walk-in medical care throughout NWA,” he said. “We are open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.”

The Urgent Team Family of Centers has more than 57 locations under five brands, including Washington Regional Urgent Care, Baptist Health Urgent Care and Sherwood Urgent Care, all in Arkansas; Urgent Team in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee; and Physicians Care in Tennessee.

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