New MedExpress to offer telemedicine

MedExpress opens a new medical center in Woodstock today that will feature physician video conferencing exams.

The new medical center is located at 300 W. Reservoir Road and will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with no appointments necessary.

According to a news release, MedExpress, an Optum company, is a national leader in urgent care and offers walk-in treatment for everyday illnesses and injuries, including X-rays, IV’s and labs. The center also offers basic wellness services, such as immunizations and medical evaluations.

Anne Jamieson, spokesperson with MedExpress, said with Woodstock’s limited healthcare options, the town provided a great location for a new medical center.

“As a market with limited healthcare options, we thought the Woodstock community would appreciate the ability to access healthcare close to home. Our new center creates an additional healthcare option that didn’t exist before,” she said. “We hope Woodstock patients value the convenience of the center and the ability to connect directly to a physician with the help and support of a MedExpress nurse on site. We’re committed to increasing access to high-quality, affordable healthcare and our Woodstock center is our next step in making it easier than ever for local patients to get the care they need.”

This new location will also be the first MedExpress to feature telemedicine. Patients will be welcomed by a clinical professional who will assist a physician in the performance of exams conducted from a remote location. The center will use cameras and medical equipment that can serve as otoscopes, stethoscopes and other medical devices to allow the physician to examine the patient up close via a monitor.

According to the American Telemedicine Association, 450,000 patients will see a doctor over the internet this year for basic illnesses. The release states that MedExpress will allow a qualified, board-certified physician to exam, diagnose and prescribe medicine remotely.

Jamieson added that the center will begin with 10 to 12 employees, which include customer service representatives, X-ray technicians, registered nurses and remote physicians.

“As we treat more patients, we’ll continue adding to our teams so we can keep our focus on exceeding the expectations of each and every patient,” she said.

MedExpress accepts all major insurance plans and offers affordable pricing for those without insurance, the release added. MedExpress can also refer patients to specialists, primary care physicians and hospitals when needed.

Jamieson said construction for the site began this past September and is over 1,600 square feet.

The Woodstock center is the company’s fourth center in the Shenandoah Valley, joining Winchester, Staunton and Harrisonburg. The Woodstock site will also be the 14th center in Virginia.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com.

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