The doctors are in at the new Doctors Express in Pikesville, providing, as the company's slogan states, “Urgent Care When You Need It.”
It's already accepting patients, but a grand opening celebration will be held March 26, featuring Baltimore Ravens' Cory Redding.
Located at 1860 Reisterstown Road, Suite A, the team of on-site physicians includes lead physician Dr. Erwin Aldana and staff physician Dr. Janet Little, as well as outside specialists who provide consultations as needed.
The office has multiple examination rooms and its own new X-ray machine and other equipment, all set in a clean and comfortable environment, said owner Connor J. Ferguson.
Doctors Express is taking a fresh approach to medical care, Ferguson said. It's open and available when you need a doctor but are not in a life-threatening situation, and it's right in the Pikesville community.
It's an alternative to waiting to get an appointment with a personal care physician, or heading to an emergency room, which can be costly and time-consuming.
“There are 40,000 people making unnecessary trips to the ER every year, and that’s just in northwest Baltimore County,” Ferguson said. “We are here to be Baltimore County’s more efficient alternative for urgent medical care.”
Overcrowded emergency rooms lead to inefficient medical care, increased expense to the hospitals and patients, and an overall lower quality of care, he added.
Ferguson said he's on a mission to educate people about this new and exciting option for urgent medical care. Doctors Express is “the nation’s first and only urgent care franchise network … with another 800 franchises to open during the next three years,” he said.
Ferguson and his team of skilled physicians invite you to visit Doctors Express for the grand opening, or at any time.
Doctors Express was originally founded in 2005 by Dr. Scott Burger of Towson “in response to the growing need for high-quality and convenient medical care in a warm, friendly environment," according to its website.
“Doctors Express relies on local expertise within the medical community. We want to be able to offer our patients access to the best specialists. We open doors to these specialists to people that might not otherwise know were available," Ferguson said.
The Pikesville office is the second in Baltimore County. There is a Doctors Express at 1220A E. Joppa Road in Towson, and another is set to open this summer at 2219 York Road in Timonium.
Doctors Express accepts most types of insurance, but it also treat patients who do not have insurance. Patients paying for their care out-of-pocket are offered a built-in discount based on their ability to pay.
"If you don’t have insurance, Doctors Express is the most economical way to get health care," Ferguson said.
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Doctors Express is not a replacement for your primary care physician, nor is it a replacement for the emergency room in critical, life-threatening situations.