Solantic urgent care clinic begins interior renovations

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 11:22 p.m.

Interior renovations have just begun at the Solantic walk-in urgent care clinic located in northwest Gainesville, an official with the Jacksonville-based health-care company said Thursday.

"This was an acquisition for us, and we are in the process of Solanticizing it," communications director Mary Green said. Renovations are scheduled for completion in early April, Green said.

Solantic took over the walk-in clinic at Northwest 39th Avenue and 43rd Street in March. In September, it opened another urgent care center in Gainesville, this time in partnership with Shands, in the Ayers Medical Plaza on Southwest Second Avenue.

On Tuesday, Solantic announced that it had appointed Charles R. Evans to chair the company's board of directors.

Evans replaces Rick Scott, who co-founded Solantic with CEO Karen Bowling in 2001. Scott made news in January 2009 when he launched Conservatives for Patients' Rights, a media campaign against health-care reform legislation.

Evans heads the Georgia-based International Health Services Group and has been a member of Solantic's advisory board for the past four years.

In addition to the leadership change, Solantic has experienced a growth spurt.

It just opened a clinic in West Palm Beach, bringing its Florida total to 30, and the company is planning to franchise additional centers.

"We've opened six new centers since last May," Green said. "It was a busy year for us."

In July, Bowling told The Sun that within six weeks, the northwest Gainesville clinic would have Herman Miller chairs in the waiting room and all the features of the company's other centers - except for an electronic message board out front, banned by Gainesville's sign ordinance.

But Green said the change at the top "had nothing to do with [a delay in the planned refurbishment]. It was simply a matter of having other new center openings to focus on."

Posters in the lobby of the Northwest 43rd Street clinic outline the planned renovations. They include a children's play area and a large, flat-screen TV for the lobby, an electronic queue monitor and Solantic's trademark menu board of procedures and prices, the addition of digital X-ray equipment and sprucing up the interior.

Green noted the northwest Gainesville location is "already staffed to the Solantic model, but inside, it doesn't look like our typical center. We want the inside to match the outside."

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