A locally-based chain of urgent care clinics is in growth mode.
Glen Allen-based Patient First has eight locations in the works for 2014 across the Mid-Atlantic region, including two in New Jersey that will mark its first venture in the Garden State.
Spokesperson Ian Slinkman said the chain, which has 50 locations and offers urgent care and primary care physician services, opened six locations in 2013.
“It’s really just been kind of continuous growth,” Slinkman said. “Part of our long-term plan is identifying locations with a need for low-cost care.”
The forthcoming New Jersey locations, in Hamilton and Woodbury, N.J., are scheduled to open in the fall, he said.
This year’s expansion also includes centers in Pottstown, Bethlehem, Springfield and Feasterville, Pa.; Chantilly, Va.; and Rockville, Md.
Slinkman said each center is about 7,000 square feet and is typically built from scratch. He would not say how much each center costs to open.
Each location employs 40 to 60 people, and the chain has 3,252 employees. Slinkman would not share revenue figures for the company.
Patient First started in Richmond in 1981 and has nine medical centers in the area. Slinkman said they don’t have any new locations in the Richmond area planned.
The company also has locations in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, as well as others in Pennsylvania and Maryland.As Patient First continues to spread its name, it is also fighting in court to protect it.
In January, the company sued HF Acquisition, doing business as HealthFirst, for allegedly infringing on the Patient First trademark. The case was filed in Richmond federal court.
Patient First would not comment because the lawsuit is still pending.
HealthFirst, located in Washington state, sells medical supplies and training services online. Neither a spokesperson nor the company’s attorney responded by press time.