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On a recent weekend, as with many weekends, I found myself in a different city with my son’s soccer team. The team was playing a tough game, and Jack (not his real name) was flying down the far sideline and went up for a head ball. A player from the other team did the same thing and their heads made an attempt to violate the law of physics that two objects can not occupy the same space at the same time.
Both young men crumpled to the ground in pain. Jack was moving but when the coach got to the far sideline, he immediately waved for me to come across the field. When I got there there was blood streaming from a laceration in his eyebrow. We wrapped his head with a tightly-tied tee shirt and held pressure to the wound.
The fields were at the Washington University Academy in downtown St. Louis. Two years ago, we would have had no choice but to go to an urgent care in the suburbs or to a downtown hospital emergency department.
But I was well aware that my friend Sonny Saggar, MD had opened a new urgent care in downtown St. Louis. Prior to opening, Sonny had shared his vision of a downtown urgent care center for the people of St. Louis. As with many startup urgent care centers, Sonny faced some significant hurdles:
Now, back to the soccer injury…. We jumped into our cars, I Google-mapped “downtown urgent care st louis” on my Palm Pre, and ten minutes later Jack was receiving care from the excellent staff at Downtown Urgent Care. Check out the cool graphics in his logo. As you can see, they are located right on the street a lighted sign right over the window. The waiting room is ample, but feels even larger because of the high ceilings.
An hour later, Jack was eating lunch in the car on the five-hour drive back to our homes in Chicagoland.
Thanks Sonny, for your persistence in making sure that the people of downtown St. Louis (and the visitors to the city) have access to quality urgent care service. Jack’s stitches are out, he is fully recovered, he scored a goal yesterday, and his parents are very thankful to Sonny and his excellent staff at Downtown Urgent Care in St. Louis.