Patient First announces the expansion of its urgent and primary care services in Maryland with the opening of a new medical center in Silver Spring on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. This marks the 15th Patient First center in Maryland.
Located at 8601 16th Street, at the intersection of Spring Street, the new facility will serve residents of Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, Wheaton and surrounding neighborhoods.
“The goal of Patient First is to provide convenient, cost-effective medical care on a walk-in basis,” says R.P. Sowers, M.D., founder and CEO of Patient First. “At the same time, our physicians and staff always work closely and in a collaborative fashion with the area’s existing medical community to provide care.”
Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days a year, Patient First physicians and their support staff are available for urgent care; work, school, camp, sports and travel physicals; occupational health; and primary care for patients who do not have a primary care physician.
For continuity of care, Patient First routinely transmits a copy of the visit record to the patient’s primary care physician according to the patient’s wishes. Routine primary care is available for patients who do not have a primary care physician.
The new Patient First center will offer medical care including:
Patient First provides treatment for routine injuries and illnesses – offering a convenient, lower-cost alternative to visiting a hospital emergency department. Services offered include care for colds, flu, allergic reactions, ear and sinus infections, pneumonia, minor burns, skin rashes, sprains, minor fractures, lacerations and sports injuries.
Patient First physicians provide preventative and primary medical services for patients who do not have a regular physician. While appointments are not necessary, a patient selecting a Patient First physician for primary care can refer to the Patient First web site at www.patientfirst.com to see when their preferred physician is scheduled. Patients may also call the center for a three-day physician schedule.
Digital X-Ray Services
Like all Patient First centers, the new Patient First – Silver Spring location will be equipped with on-site digital x-ray equipment for routine x-rays.
The new Patient First facility’s CLIA-approved laboratory will provide on-site services for routine office labs and send-out service for more complex tests.
As a convenience, Patient First dispenses routine prescription drugs on-site.
Since 1981, Patient First has provided Occupational Health services for employees and employers. These services include treatment for workplace injuries covered by Workers’ Compensation, as well as DOT physicals, drug screenings and work-site flu shots.
Patient First accepts all major insurance plans including Aetna, CareFirst (BCBS), CIGNA, Coventry, EHP, Medicare, TRICARE and UnitedHealthcare. A complete listing of participating insurers can be found on the web site (www.patientfirst.com).