A new urgent-care clinic is being opened by husband and wife Mansoor Tahir and Samrah Mansoor.
The clinic is a franchise of American Family Care/Doctors Express, which plans to have 160 locations in 26 states by the end of the year and says it is the second-largest urgent-care operator in the country.
The couple moved back to Wichita earlier this year to begin working on the urgent-care clinic, which will be at 3161 N. Rock Road, Suite A.
They will begin seeing patients July 22, and the clinic will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The couple thinks the urgent-care model is the answer to concerns that people go to hospital emergency rooms unnecessarily, which drives up health care costs. Also, such clinics can help offset the shortage of primary care physicians across the country, they said, and they think the Wichita market needs another urgent-care clinic.
“We want to prevent people from going to the hospital,” said Mansoor, who is the franchise owner and clinic’s medical director. “They can save a lot of money if they come and see us in the urgent care.”
Tahir and Mansoor lived in Wichita several years ago before moving to Springfield, Mo.
Mansoor attended medical school in Pakistan and did her residency in family medicine at Wesley Medical Center before practicing in Missouri.
Tahir has a master’s degree in public health from Wichita State University and is a former epidemiologist for the Sedgwick County Health Department. He is also a physician assistant and will serve as practice administrator.
The couple wanted to open the clinic in memory of their infant daughter who died in 2001, Mansoor said. The decision was helped by the fact they also have family in Wichita.
“We knew we wanted to work together; that was the main goal. So we made a plan to do that in Wichita,” Tahir said.
Mansoor and Tahir have hired additional physicians and staff members for the clinic. There will be 10 employees, Mansoor said.
Inside the 4,000-square-foot space, providers will see patients for nonlife-threatening conditions, which could include fractures, infections and sprains, among other things. The clinic will have digital X-rays and an on-site laboratory.
Staff members also will provide physicals, vaccinations, drug screenings and some on-site prescriptions.
No appointments are necessary, but patients will be able to check in online, Tahir said. The clinic will accept self-pay patients as well as third-party insurers, Medicare and Medicaid.