HADLEY — A planned MedExpress urgent care is moving forward after the Planning Board recently gave its stamp of approval.
Plans call for a 4,825-square-foot building at 424 Russell St., where plans for a new Pizza Hut were floated in 2014 but have since fizzled.
MedExpress is based in Morgantown, West Virginia and Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh suburb. The company offers treatment for walk-in illness and injury, pre-employment physicals, drug screening, worker’s compensation injury care, immunizations and physicals.
The Hadley location will also offer more advanced services, such as IVs and X-Rays.
Annie Jamieson, spokeswoman for MedExpress, said the Hadley location is expected to open this fall. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and accepts most major insurers, Jamieson said.
Bill Dwyer, clerk of the Hadley Planning Board, said that though the board approved the company’s site plan at its meeting last month, the plan will still needs to gain approval from the town Conservation Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
The company was founded in 2001 and prides itself on a “patient-centered” approach, Jamieson said. The Hadley location would be among several others in western Massachusetts.
There are MedExpress centers in Pittsfield, Westfield, Chicopee and two locations in Springfield. A West Springfield center is also in the works, according to the company website.
The company is growing in the northeast and southeast corners of the state as well, with planned openings in Brockton, Chelmsford, Fall River, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell and Newburyport, according to the website.
Retail clinics similar to MedExpress have seen an explosion in growth, according to a 2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report. In 2006, patient visits totaled 1.5 million nationwide; in 2014, that number was pegged at 10.5 million.
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