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Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Apr 27,2011
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Doctors Express is a unique group of urgent care medical facilities opened in response to a growing need for immediate physician care in a convenient, comfortable environment.
Doctors Express is a unique group of urgent care medical facilities opened
in response to a growing need for immediate physician care in a convenient,
comfortable environment.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Invention is the mother of necessity.
 
Such was the case in 2005 when Dr. Scott Burger, a board-certified emergency room doctor, recognized that many of the patients he was treating in the ER could be treated more quickly and efficiently in a smaller, more personable setting.

He created Doctors Express, a unique group of urgent care medical facilities opened in response to a growing need for immediate physician care in a convenient, comfortable environment.

Mount Vernon is one in a series of over 30 locations to benefit from Burger’s insight, as the latest Doctor’s Express opens on Richmond Highway in Alexandria.They're open at 8 a.m. seven days a week and close at 8 p.m., except for Saturday and Sunday, when they close at 6 p.m.

Doctors Express provides high-quality, urgent care right in the neighborhood. Patients will always see a board-certified doctor and all nurses and x-ray technicians are licensed professionals, Burger said.

Dottie and Earl Reed opened Doctors Express of Mount Vernon earlier this month.
Dottie and Earl Reed opened Doctors Express
of Mount Vernon earlier this month.

Not only will patients see a doctor, but by the time they leave, they will have x-rays taken (if necessary), lab work done (if necessary) and prescriptions filled.  
 
Doctors Express provides treatment for injuries and illnesses – offering a convenient, lower-cost alternative to visiting a hospital emergency room. With digital x-ray equipment on-site, patients take a CD copy of their x-rays with them – and records are sent directory to their doctors.

The on-site laboratory meets CLIA standards and they provide testing for the vast majority of tests required by urgent care patients while they wait. Doctors Express provides Occupational Health services for employees and employers, as well as travel medicine and vaccination.
 
The person behind this new venture is Earl Reed.
 
A long-time resident of Mount Vernon, Reed has pretty much done it all – served as a fighter pilot, opened a chain of drugstores in Moscow and as a US Air Force Officer, managed a $22 billion budget for Saudi Arabia.

“I know how to run a business,” said Reed, who looked at several other franchising operations before he decided on Doctors Express. “I really want to educate the Potomac side on what an urgent care clinic really is. It’s not just a ‘sniffle clinic’ but instead a complementary facility to the local Emergency Room and primary physician – not a competitor.
 
Working moms can get in and out in less than an hour and experience a ‘one-stop shop’ – leaving with full laboratory work, x-rays if needed and prescriptions rather than having to wait elsewhere.

“This will be a valuable, complementary asset to our community. I have one full-time, highly-experienced ER Physician and four part timers committed to us at this point.”

John M. Shiver, the coordinator of undergraduate programs at the Dept. of Health Administration and Policy at George Mason University, said, “This is conventional medicine focused on the needs of the customer. It is equivalent to the care you get at an emergency room. It’s a great place for kids who need care after school.”

Shiver, who is an expert in the field of urgent care, went on to say that 66% of patients who visit the emergency room are not experiencing an emergency situation. They just need to see a doctor outside of visiting hours.

Reed has some background in medicine in that he was a pre-med student at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He planned to go to medical school but it competed with his dream of becoming a fighter pilot that he had since he was in third grade. When he found out that medical school didn’t have pilot training, he joined the Air Force.

“Once they gave me the keys to an F-4, why would I want to go to medical school?” said Reed. “I was a career fighter pilot in the US Air Force; I flew F-4s and F-15s and had two tours in Viet Nam, flying over 400 combat missions.”

After 20 years in the Air Force, Reed retired as Colonel after being the program manager in the Pentagon for the Royal Saudi Air Force Foreign Military Sales Program. They needed an F-15 pilot with prior program management experience and he managed a $22B budget.

He then formed a 50-50 joint venture with four female PhD Russian pharmacists who were the managers of 13 State(City of Moscow)-Owned pharmacies inside Moscow.  They had the stores but no products after the collapse of the USSR.

Reed said, “My American partner and I arranged procurement and delivery of pharmacy stocks for the stores from Bulgaria and America. I did this for about three years until I became engaged in the conversion of the Russian Anthrax factory in Kazakstan into a pharmaceutical plant under contract to the US Government – this was part of the Nunn-Lugar, swords into plow shares program for their weapons of mass destruction conversion.”

A few years ago, he decided that he needed a more lucrative plan for retirement. He started researching franchising operations, eliminating ones that involved food or retail. Out of five plans presented to him by a broker, he liked this one best.

With that, he started searching for financing. He was approved for a Veteran’s Expedited Loan – 18 months later.

“I started the SBA loan process in August 2009, expecting to close no later than December, 2009,” said Reed. “Through no particular element’s fault, I just barely got it closed in December 2010 as part of the President’s stimulus plan. Thank God as a Veteran, I got the accelerated ‘Patriot’s Express Plan.’

Reed has been married to Dottie for 41 years. They met in kindergarten and grew up in the same small town in the panhandle of Florida (same high school class). She just retired as a kindergarten teacher after 24 years at Grace Episcopal School in Old Town. They are long-time members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and have two grown children, Jennifer Reed (33) and John (Sheff) Reed (32) – both living in this area.

Doctors Express Mount Vernon is located at 7609-B Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22306. Phone number is 703-347-9440. Visit www.doctorsexpress.com/mountvernon for more information.



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