A former Navy physician plans to open an urgent care center at Kroger Square at Bonsack to treat immediate medical needs that don’t require a trip to a hospital emergency room.
Dr. Rich Miller said he hopes UCare Health Center will be ready for business by July. Renovations are being done to the 1,800-square-foot space to create exam rooms, a space for x-rays and basic laboratory work, Miller said.
“This is intended to fill a void between very busy primary care and the ER,” Miller said.
He said he hopes to attract patients from the Bedford, Fincastle and Bonsack communities as well as working with workers compensation claims and the Virginia Department of Transportation to conduct needed physicals for commercial driver’s licenses.
No appointments will be necessary, and the center will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Miller said he is looking for a partner so he can eventually be open seven days a week and have extended hours until 8 p.m. on weekdays.