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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pilot Travel Centers and Roadside Medical Labs and Clinics partnered to create a nationwide network of retail medical clinics to assess the health risks of professional drivers, Roadside stated.
"Without easy access to medical care, many drivers would put off going to the doctor as long as possible," Joe Neely, chief executive officer for Roadside, said in a statement. "As for scheduling an appointment, have you ever tried to park a rig at your doctor's office?"
Professional drivers' on-the-go schedules prevent them from seeking medical attention. In a study, more than half of drivers found it difficult to make a health care appointment when at home, while 62 percent had failed to seek out necessary health care when working, according to Roadside.
"By developing health programs specifically for truckers and locating our clinics at Pilot Travel Centers, Roadside Medical will make it easy for drivers to integrate practical health care solutions into their schedules," said Neely. "We give them the health care they need, where they need it, when they need it -- and most importantly -- at a price they can afford."
The first clinics at Pilot centers are scheduled to open in January 2008 in Cartersville, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. An additional 16 locations are planned for 2008 and 20 more in 2009, according to the company.
"We are pleased to partner with Roadside Medical to improve the lives of our customers," Jimmy Haslam, president of Pilot, said in a statement. "Our goal is to be a total solution provider for all driver services, and Roadside is helping us deliver on medical services. The evidence supporting driver health initiatives is too staggering to ignore. Providing drivers with healthy options and access to medical care isn't just good business, it’s the right thing to do."