By Richard Rourk
Fast Pace Urgent Care officially opened for business at 1112 North Main Avenue, in Erwin, on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8 a.m.
On the previous day, the office held an open house event for the public to tour the facility from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and a ribbon cutting at noon. At the open house, Fast Pace Urgent Care Regional Marketing Coordinator Shannon Barks took The Erwin Record through a tour of the facility, which includes eight patient exam rooms, including a children’s exam room, a children’s play area, a large procedure room, a large X-ray room, a women’s exam room, a large centralized nurses’ and doctors’ station, and a specialized room for drug screens.
According to Barks, one of the key features to the whole operation is the down home feel of the lobby.
“We have photos of downtown Erwin in the lobby area to greet you as you enter,” Barks said.
Barks also said that she was thrilled about the turnout for the ribbon cutting and open house event.
“We have had a steady crowd all day,” she added. “We even had people here waiting at 10:30 a.m. just to see the new facility.”
Barks is excited that Fast Pace has come to serve Unicoi County.
“I am so happy that our 101st Fast Pace Urgent Care is here in Unicoi County,” Barks said.
According to Barks, Fast Pace Urgent Care will be able to do stitches, start an IV, or put on a soft cast in the procedure room. The facility will also be able to treat injuries, illnesses, aches, pains, rashes, burns and cuts. The facility is also capable of completing onsite lab tests and X-rays.
Barks also acknowledged that Fast Pace will be able to provide health screenings and testing, physicals, vaccines and medical weight loss.
For businesses that require a facility to occupational health items such as drug screens, health screenings and testing, physicals and worker’s compensation injuries, Fast Pace will be able to meet those needs.
According to Barks, Fast Pace Urgent Care physicians will be able to serve as a primary care physician for those that may be looking for one.
Fast Pace Urgent Care staff includes Fast Pace Urgent Care of Erwin Medical Director Paul Southall, MD; Fast Pace Urgent Care of Erwin Supervising Physician Jonathan M. Rey, MD; Katrina Holder, FNP; and Shandee Ellis, FNP.
Fast Pace Urgent Care is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sundays 1-5 p.m.
For more information, please follow Fast Pace Urgent Care Erwin on Facebook, or call 560-6010. You can also email Fast Pace Urgent Care at [email protected] or drop by during normal business hours.