Construction recently began on a new urgent care center in downtown Danbury.
Part of a nationwide franchise of more than 70 walk-in medical centers, the new Doctors Express facility will be the first in Connecticut. The center is scheduled to open in late March.
“We looked at communities throughout the state and decided to open Connecticut’s first Doctors Express here because we saw a need in the community,” said Tom Kelly, a Doctors Express co-owner, in a statement. “Not only will Doctors Express help reduce the burden of overworked emergency rooms, but cut down the wait time for patients with non-life threatening emergencies. Our objective is to offer, fast, efficient and affordable care and to have patients treated and out the door in as little as 30 to 40 minutes.”
Formed in 2005 by an emergency room physician, Doctors Express centers offer urgent care, digital x-ray services, lab work, and occupational health services for employers and employees such as pre-employment exams, drug screenings and physicals.
“The intent of the facility is not to compete with area hospitals or primary care physicians, but to complement their services and make convenient care easily accessible to the town of Danbury and the surrounding communities,” Kelly said.
The center will employ 15 to 20 full- and part-time employees and the architects and construction company working on the project are locally hired.