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The Center for Urgent Care opens at Lakewood Ranch

CT scan, digital X-ray, and ultra sound are some of the advanced technology Dr. J. Albert Avila uses at The Center for Urgent Care. The practice recently opened in Lakewood Ranch.
CT scan, digital X-ray, and ultra sound are some of the advanced technology Dr. J. Albert Avila uses at The Center for Urgent Care. The practice recently opened in Lakewood Ranch. jajones1@bradenton.com

The Center for Urgent Care has opened as an alternative to hospital emergency room care.

“Because my wife and I have lived in this area so long, we knew that this is an area with explosive growth and a need,” said Dr. Richard Avila, the center’s owner. Avila has 30 years’ experience working in emergency room departments and urgent care centers. “I am very passionate about what I have built. It’s taken many, many months of planning, lots of dollars, and has been very well thought out.”

The Center for Urgent Care, at 10943 State Road 70 E. in Spring Forest Office Park, is a virtual one-stop center with an array of hospital-grade equipment. That includes a CT scan, digital X-ray, ultrasound, chemistry analyzer, a blood marker device that lets a physician know if someone is having a heart attack, and a complete blood count device that can screen for anemia, infection, or bleeding disorder.

Located in a 6,800-square-foot about 1 1/2 miles east of Interstate 75, the space has been renovated, brightened and adapted for a medical practice. Neighboring practices in the building include Spring Forest Dental Center and Manasota Pregnancy Center.

While Avila is proud of the technology at The Center for Urgent Care, he also touts the welcoming nature of the new facility.

“We have tried to create an environment that is warm, more inviting, and not so sterile,” he said. “We have wood tones and beautiful art in the rooms.”

If the patient has a truly life-threatening condition, they should go to an emergency room, but for anything less, they might consider The Urgent Care Center as a viable alternative, Avila said.

“It’s a more private setting at a fraction of the cost,” he said.

The facility includes two trauma rooms, and five examining rooms for less serious medical issues. One of the examining rooms is reserved for children.

Jenny Bulat, an emergency room nurse for eight years, has known Avila since 2003, and is happy to be part of his practice.

“I love it. It provides a great practice for the area. It is very different from anything else in the area,” Bulat said.

Avila, 57, earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1986, and served his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Mass. He has lived in the Bradenton-Sarasota area for about 20 years. His wife, Dr. Janet Bailey, is a dentist in Sarasota. Between them, the couple has six children.

“We have an open-door policy at The Center for Urgent Care. Anyone who wants to tour the place is welcome to come see it with their own eyes,” he said.

The Center for Urgent Care is open 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call 941-243-3088.

James A. Jones Jr.: 941-745-7053, @jajones1

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