A group of Black doctors have teamed up yo establish the first Black-owned Urgent Care facility in the Hyde Park area of Chicago. The founders are Dr. Airron Richardson, Dr. Michael A. McGee, and Dr. Reuben C. Rutland, who is a United States Navy veteran. They opened the center in conjunction with former Chicago Bears wide receiver, Dr. Gregory Primus.
Premier Health Urgent Care, will be in the famed Southside of Chicago, hoping to give access to those who desperately need healthcare at an affordable price. They are striving to be "an ideal provider of the immediate care when it’s needed the most", the founding doctors said in a press release. One of the founding doctors, Dr. Reuben C. Rutland said, “We are happy to open an urgent care in Hyde Park because the community needs it. I see so many urban professionals who either delay or go without care because of time constraints. No one has 8 hours to wait in the emergency department for a minor illness or the flexibility to wait 3 weeks because their primary care doctor is booked solid. We are here to help fill that gap.”
Primus became the first Black person trained in orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago, after completing his NFL career. Dr. Ruland made it known that the facility did not exist to replace any type of current medical care, but to fill the gap of services not offered or services that take too long to receive at a normal hospital. Their goal is have patients seen in less than an hour. He said, “We are not in competition with the doctors offices or the emergency department. We are a supplement to them both, to help relieve the stress on those two facilities.”
Premier will take most of the major type of health insurance and offer services at a lower price than hospital urgent care facilities and emergency rooms.
In a press release, the center's founders said, "we will be able to treat a variety of illnesses and ailments. We will also donate a cut of the profits to the Project Outreach and Prevention (POP) organization. POP has the mission of "preventing youth violence in surrounding neighborhoods by providing resources, services and education to assist teens in making better life-long choices." This came from being tired of dealing with gun shot wound victims who are children, being tired of servicing a 10 or 11-year old child who had been shot, which was a commonality being on the Southside of Chicago.