An amazing group of Black doctors are teaming up to open the first Black-owned Urgent Care Center in Chicago’s Hyde Park.

According to Because of Them, Premier Health Urgent Care is aiming to provide affordable healthcare to Southside residents and would be the first Urgent Care facility in the area.

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“We are happy to open an urgent care in Hyde Park because the community needs it,” said Dr. Reuben C. Rutland. “I see so many urban professionals who either delay or go without care because of time constraints.”

“No one has 8 hours to wait in the emergency department for a minor illness or the flexibility to wait 3 weeks because their primary care doctor is booked solid. We are here to help fill that gap.”

The facility’s founders include Dr. Airron Richardson, Dr. Michael A. McGee, and United States Navy veteran Dr. Reuben C. Rutland. It was opened in a partnership with former Chicago Bears wide receiver Dr. Gregory Primus, who after retiring from the NFL, became the first Black person trained in orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago.

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“We are not in competition with the doctors offices or the emergency department,” explains Dr. Rutland. “We are a supplement to them both, to help relieve the stress on those two facilities.”

“Once a patient is seen, they are typically treated in less than an hour, making Premier’s walk-in clinic an ideal provider of the immediate care when it’s needed the most,” reads a press release from the founders. “Premier accepts many major types of insurance and offers services at a fraction of the cost of hospital-affiliated urgent care or emergency rooms.”

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An urgent care facility in Hyde Park, Chicago recently opened, and it’s Black-owned. . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Premier Health Urgent Care is focused on providing quality service that is quick, convenient and compassionate. One of the co-founders told the Chicago Crusader what their presence means to the community. . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We are happy to open an urgent care in Hyde Park because the community needs it. I see so many urban professionals who either delay or go without care because of time constraints. No one has 8 hours to wait in the emergency department for a minor illness or the flexibility to wait 3 weeks because their primary care doctor is booked solid. We are here to help fill that gap,” says Dr. Rutland. “We are not in competition with the doctors’ offices or the emergency department. We are a supplement to them both, to help relieve the stress on those two facilities.” . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The owners are also focused on impacting their community by contributing their time and resources towards ending youth violence. A portion of their profits are donated to the Project Outreach and Prevention organization, which works to prevent youth violence in surrounding neighborhoods by helping teenagers make better choices. . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The founders include Airron Richardson, MD, MBA, FACEP and Michael A. McGee (also the CEO), MD, MPH, FACEP and board-certified trauma surgeon Reuben C. Rutland MD, MBA. The center was launched in partnership with former Chicago Bears wide receiver Dr. Gregory Primus. His name may ring a bell as he made history as the first African-American trained in orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago. . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The center is located at 1301 E 47th Street, Building #2 in Chicago, IL. You can learn more about their services and practitioners at www.premierucchicago.com #becauseofthemwecan

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