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ESTERO, Fla. -- Pilot Flying J is taking steps to ensure the safety of drivers nationwide. The travel center operator agreed last week to partner with Urgent Care Travel (UCT) to open as many as 100 urgent care sites at select Pilot Flying J locations.
The first sites will open in Knoxville, Tenn., and Oklahoma City, Okla., in April. UCT expects to open as many as 12 locations in 2013, and to have a complete rollout of its first 100 sites by the end of 2016.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a great organization as Pilot Flying J and to bring needed quality health care services to professional drivers and travelers on the nation's interstate highways," said Tony Barber, CEO of Urgent Care Travel. "Our planned rollout of 100 locations will provide for the most comprehensive coverage of the nation's interstates with medical care access of any provider in the United States...and this only a start."
Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, said his organization is committed to making life better for America's drivers.
“We understand the challenge professional drivers face in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while on the road, and we champion better health and wellness for both our employees and professional drivers through a variety of programs," stated Haslam. "This partnership with Urgent Care Travel allows us to provide on-site urgent care as an additional service aimed at making life better for drivers. Providing drivers with healthy options and access to medical care isn’t just good business, it’s the right thing to do.”
Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J operates more than 650 retail locations and is the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America.
UCT is jointly owned by Urgent Care America and J & S Capital, and provides a wide variety of supporting services specializing in urgent care.