QCA Urgent Care and Wellness Center opens in Marietta

Photo by Chad Plauche-Adkins Chris Druschel does lab work on a blood sample at QCA Urgent Care and Wellness Center.

MARIETTA — Sometimes a person may be sick, but not sick enough to go to the emergency room.

But they may be apprehensive to go to an urgent care facility because of their fear of a potential lack of treatment options available there.

On Monday, Dr. Jeff Patey opened QCA Urgent Care and Wellness Center at 416 Front St. in hopes of quelling those fears.

“I recognized a need for choice in the area,” Patey said. “We have been thinking about (opening an urgent care facility) for a few years now.”

Patey, along with his wife Chris, own QCA and he said the pair has almost 50 years experience in emergency care. He said the couple wanted to give people in Washington County more options for their health care as well as a better price than traditional emergency room visits.

“Our charges will be dramatically lower,” he said.

Patey said someone coming in without insurance will be charged $75. But through the month of February, they are offering a discounted price.

“We are only charging $60 per visit until the end of February,” he said. “We will also offer 20 percent off any other testing required.”

Patey said that when people make decisions on their health care, price isn’t the only factor . He said access to care without an appointment and his facilities ability to do lab testing on-site will be the logic behind people coming to QCA.

He said QCA will offer all blood work, urinalysis and cholesterol testing to name just a few of the lab options they will provide.

Chris Druschel, lab supervisor at QCA, said the facility’s state of the art equipment will allow people to know their results a lot sooner than by sending their samples to an off-site lab.

“It could take a week or two to get results back,” he said.

“We provide real world diagnostics and treatment in less than an hour.”

People often think of going to an urgent care facility when they have the flu or need some stitches. Patey said he wanted QCA to provide a more complete health care strategy for his patients.

“We have three urgent care treatment rooms here,” he said. “But we also have four primary care rooms as well.”

Patey said people may need follow-up care after receiving a diagnosis during an urgent care situation. Instead of shipping the patient off to another doctor to receive the primary care necessary, Patey said they can stay at QCA with the doctor who has been working with them from the beginning of their illness.

QCA will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

QCA’s grand opening celebration with ribbon cutting is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 30.