DAVIDSON – Carolinas Healthcare System’s desire to help the community led the organization to expand its scope in Davidson this year.

The hospital system opened its first urgent care location in town Jan. 10 in the Davidson Clinic. The group celebrated the urgent care’s grand opening at the clinic, off Griffith Street near Interstate 77.

It’s all about providing more convenience and good quality healthcare to Davidson’s residents, said Stephen Jones, vice president of Carolinas HealthCare System Medical Group’s urgent care division.

“It is convenient respective of where we are in proximity to I-77,” Jones said. “One of the concepts of retail care that we’re trying to use for consumers is to have signage showing the urgent care will be open and how available it is to people.”

Jones expects more signs at the clinic to include urgent care in the coming weeks, in an effort to let residents know the urgent care location is available for use.

“Consumerism is really kind of driving the demand in convenience-based care,” Jones added. “This will be our 23rd urgent care facility. It shows people like to know they have something like this nearby when they’re at work or at home. Their days have become busy with work and everything, and this is something that meets their needs.”

Episodic ailments including colds, flu cases, sprains, strains and broken bones can be treated at the urgent care location. If they’re serious enough, patients can be quickly transferred.

The urgent care’s proximity to Davidson College students and Ingersoll-Rand employees is also a plus, Jones said.

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce President Bill Russell said the new urgent care is a viable addition to the community.

“There are several foundations of our economic and business development efforts, and quality healthcare is a foundation upon which we build our communities,” he said. “This urgent care center is an opportunity for people who need critical care. With the larger companies we have coming into the area, such as MSC, this provides a lot of convenience to companies’ employees and local residents.”