New Urgent Care Facility Coming to Clarendon
In three weeks, Arlington residents will have a new option for health care.
MidAtlantic Urgent Care is set to open a new facility in Clarendon on Sept. 19, giving Arlington residents access to immediate care for non-life-threatening illnesses without the cost or inconvenient wait time of an emergency room.
The urgent care center, which will be located at 3301 Wilson Blvd., will have six exam rooms, a lab and an X-ray room as well as a 15-spot parking lot, said Renee Lohman, chief executive officer of the Lohman Group, which is helping open the business.
“It’s going to be more convenient for patients,” said Dr. Robert Holman, who will move his practice to the new facility with Dr. Mary Buesing.
Both doctors will continue to see their existing patients, as well as those who come in for urgent care. In Holman’s current offices, patients would need to drive to a different location to get an X-ray or have blood drawn.
Going to an urgent care facility is often a less costly option than a hospital emergency room visit.
“Insurance companies are starting to suggest people go to urgent care if they don’t need a real emergency room setting, like for the flu or something,” said Sally Michael, a Lohman Group spokeswoman. “It’s a great convenience, because you have evenings and weekends and it costs a lot less.”
Holman also said the MidAtlantic facility will be able to email or fax all records from a visit over to a patient’s primary care doctor — something most emergency rooms do not do.
If a resident in or near Clarendon needed urgent care now, they would have to go to a hospital emergency room or Simplicity Urgent Care on Columbia Pike, which can see up to 70 patients on busy days, Lohman said.
“People from all over Alexandria, Arlington and McLean are coming down for urgent care now but are going to south Arlington,” she said. “Clarendon and Falls Church will find the new Wilson Boulevard location very convenient.”