Chris and Theone Rutledge will use their business backgrounds to create a new urgent care practice, Doctors Express, the first national urgent care franchise. The Doctors Express will be located at the intersection of I-75 and Howell Mill Road. . The franchise owners will use a business approach to deliver affordable, efficient, non emergency treatment to almost anyone who walks in.
The Atlanta Doctors Express urgent care center will be open 7 days a week and accept walk-ins. Patients will always be seen by board certified physicians.
Georgia ER physician Dr. John Destito will serve as the Medical Director. The center will have x-ray and lab test equipment on site, along with an in-house pharmacy.
“Atlanta can benefit from fresh approaches to medical service and we feel with our business backgrounds we can provide an innovative solution with Doctors Express,” says Chris Rutledge who plans to open several more centers next year to serve the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. “Emergency rooms are overloaded, and patients with non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries need a more convenient and affordable way to get treated by experienced physicians. We believe Doctors Express is an efficient, lower cost alternative to health care that will be highly valued in Atlanta communities.”
Doctors Express was originally founded by an emergency room physician and two business executives in Towson, Maryland. After they developed a successful business model, they started to franchise with some twenty five territories sold to date. The long term goal is to have some 3,000 centers across the nation.
The Doctors Express Atlanta urgent care center opened in December at 1800 Howell Mill Road, NW in Buckhead at the intersection of I-75 and Howell Mill Road.