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August 23rd, 2019

By ROBERT PIERCE

• Leader & Times

Signage is up, and Liberal’s newest health care provider is just about ready for business

“We’re mostly finished right now, and we will be ready to open on Monday, Sept. 9, at 8 o’clock,” Xpress Wellness Urgent Care CEO Grant Asay said.

The company will have a launch party on Saturday, Sept. 7, starting at 10 a.m. at its Liberal location on West 15th Street, and Asay is hoping as many families show up as possible.

“I’ll be there,” he said. “Our physicians will be there. Many corporate staff will be there, and we’ll have inflatables and games and free pizzas. We’ll have a lot of giveaways, door prizes, but more importantly, we want to educate the community on our services. We’ll have walkthroughs and open house so they can see all our equipment, all our exam rooms, our X-ray, our procedure rooms. We’ll give some stitches to a stuffed animal.”

Xpress Wellness currently has nine locations in Oklahoma, and the Liberal location will be the second in Kansas. Asay said the local building will be a great addition for his company, and Xpress Wellness has plans for more offices in Dodge City, Great Bend and others in the Sunflower State.

“Before the end of the year, we’ll have Great Bend and Dodge open,” he said. “Liberal is very attractive to us just because of the uniqueness of the population. The college is there. You’ve got large employers there and a hospital I think is going to be good partners with us.”

Asay said Xpress Wellness officials did meet recently with Southwest Medical Center CEO Bill Ermann and toured the hospital and met some of the doctors and leadership team at SWMC.

“We’re excited to partner on referrals and laboratory and radiology,” Asay said.

SWMC is located a short ways from Xpress Wellness, something Asay said will help with that partnership.

“That works really well for us in terms of working with his team over there,” he said. 

Having Liberal as part of the Xpress Wellness family means a lot to Asay.

“It is very meaningful, mostly because it gets us into that part of Kansas where it just doesn’t seem to have the urgent care services that need to be available in our opinion,” he said. “It’s a location with a population that’s very attractive to us. It gets us into the Kansas market and really starts in earnest our Kansas focus. We have a strong rural penetration in Oklahoma, but this really starts our rural presence in Kansas. Right now, we’re just outside of Wichita, which is not really a rural location compared to what it does with Liberal, so we are starting with Liberal.”

Asay said Xpress Wellness will likewise give those in the surrounding area, particularly where nearby medical help can be provided, another choice for that care.

“Our mission is to make sure all those have some kind of access to health care,” he said.

Xpress has also hired all of the positions needed for its Liberal office.

“We might be looking for some part time staff, but I think we have a full complement of team members to staff our clinic,” Asay said. “We have nurse practitioners and physician assistants and a good compliment of providers to take care of people there. Radiology tech’s hired and nurses, medical assistants, we have clerks on the front office, receptionists.”

Asay said all of the help at Liberal’s Xpress Wellness is local.

“I think we’ve had one that wanted to come back to Liberal because that’s where she’s from, so she was a good choice for us,” he said. “I think that was a nurse practitioner.”

Asay said he is quite excited for the September launch party and to meet with some community members.

“We have been in contact with several employers there and with the school, Seward County Community College, and we look forward to a close relationship with them,” he said.

Asay said Xpress Wellness could be another outlet for those graduating from the SCCC nursing program.

“We could help them with some of their rotation and such to be onsite,” he said.

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