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A crowd gathered Friday for an open house and ribbon cutting, and for a tour of the newest Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic, located at 1321 Huntsville Highway next to Krystal’s.
Members of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Fast Pace employees and corporate members to the organization.
Fast Pace officially opened Monday of last week and is one of 16 clinics in Middle and West Tennessee. According to Rob Pantoja, CEO, Fast Pace has also recently purchased Rapid Care, which has three clinics, one each in Pulaski, Hohenwald and Lawrenceburg, so that 19 communities now have urgent care clinics.
The clinic will serve individuals who need minor emergency care, such as wounds requiring stitches, x-rays, IVs, on-site lab tests for strep, flu or pneumonia, and prescriptions. The clinic will also offer services for blood tests, shots and vaccinations.
Fast Pace has a state-of-the-art digital x-ray system and transfers the images to expert radiologists in Nashville – “We want to be a high-quality provider with quick results,” said Pantoja. “We have a whole corporate support system in Nashville.”
Fast Pace accepts most insurance and has an average co-pay of $20. Pantoja also noted that Fast Pace works well with local hospitals. Patients that require more intensive care are referred to the local hospital and, because their medical information has already been submitted, will have a more streamlined admission to the emergency room. Fast Pace uses an electronic medical records system, so that medical information can be transferred easily to a hospital or one of their other clinics in Tennessee.
Staffed by eight employees, including Rebecca Gaines, nurse practitioner, the clinic operations are overseen by Dr. Reams. Gaines has 25 years experience and has served in several clinics in Tennessee.
The clinic has eight exam rooms, including a pediatric room for children. “We try to be family friendly,” said Pantoja.
Clinic hours are from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.