A local physician is expanding his medical urgent care business in Augusta.
Mark Newton expects to start construction this month on his third MedNow Urgent Care center at 2851 Washington Road, on the corner of Sherwood Drive. In June, Newton purchased the nearly acre parcel, which formerly housed a Shell gas station, and said the old underground tanks have been removed.
The new 7,500-square-foot center in Augusta will include digital X-ray equipment and an on-site laboratory and pharmacy. The center will provide care for patients on a walk-in basis and will also offer services for occupational medicine and workers compensation.
The location will staff about 10 employees and at least three physicians. It should be completed by December or January, Newton said.
“Now, more and more patients are really looking at their copays, their annual deductibles, their annual out-of-pocket, so because of that, people are looking at the most efficient way they can get immediate care or unscheduled care,” Newton said.
The busy stretch of Washington Road between Interstate 20 and Alexander Drive was attractive for its high traffic count, said Newton, adding that the project represents a multimillion dollar investment.
“It’s a growing area that’s convenient for a lot of people,” said Newton, also medical director for the emergency department at Doctors Hospital.
In 2009, Newton opened his first MedNow location in Evans and added a second center in south Augusta in 2013. Newton said he’s already looking for a fourth site near Grovetown to open within the next 12 to 18 months.
“It seems to be meeting a need, so we’re trying to make sure we, in a rational and a wise way, expand,” he said.