Lena Esmail cut the ribbon to what she said she believes is the “most impactful” QuickMed location Wednesday afternoon.
The celebration marked the opening of the 10th QuickMed Urgent Care facility.
Esmail, CEO of QuickMed and a nurse practitioner, said of all of the locations she has opened over the past four years, this one at 2915 Glenwood Ave. is extra significant.
After visiting with school districts and realizing need-based care could be sustainable if done correctly, Esmail decided to open an additional urgent care within the city limits amid the “health care desert.”
“For the community, we talk about our Valley and building in Youngstown,” she said. “We look at areas of health care and equity. When we look at Youngstown in general, we have the third highest population of children that are in poverty. What we know is poverty has a correlation with bad health.”
One major goal for Esmail has been to tackle the issue of access – one main barrier for children in poverty.
“One thing we knew we could do to curve equity and care is to bring care to those who need it,” she said. “That’s why we decided to start here in the south side of Youngstown – knowing the demographic, the population and the need-based care.”
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