Absolute Urgent Care Center opens

The Absolute Urgent Care staff consists of:  (from left) Kevin Langley, Josie Wheeler, Brenda Anderle, Cathy Lee, Kelsey Ferguson and Chelsea Giffen. Not pictured:  Doctor Abdul Khan, Tammy Anderson, Carolyn Clark and Kandy Pinnell.

A new player in the area healthcare market is now open in Gainesville.  

Absolute Urgent Care, located on West Highway 82 at Mill Street, is an independently owned medical service, built and operated with the needs of the community in mind. 

“It is our mission to provide healthcare that places the patient first,” said Abdul N. Khan, M.D., owner/managing physician of Absolute Urgent Care and a 15-year member of the Gainesville medical community.  “We want to provide quality care that is efficient and affordable, while also being easy to access and convenient.” 

Absolute seems to deliver on its mission, with a location that is highly visible and easy to get to from Highway 82 and Interstate 35, extended hours to accommodate busy schedules, and online check-in, which practically eliminates waiting room misery. 

From concept to its clean and modern design, Absolute Urgent Care appeals on many levels.

“The building, the services we offer, the level of care, the staff we have chosen – all decisions were made based on what we know people want and need,” noted Khan. 

Services offered at the clinic range from the most basic to just below trauma level.  “We offer two levels of care – family medicine, such as colds, flu, allergies, management of blood pressure – and minor emergency care, like cuts, sprains, broken bones,” Khan explained.  “Our staff is capable of handling a wide range of concerns.”

The staff at Absolute Urgent Care contains some familiar faces, most notably Lindsay native Brenda Anderle.  

Brenda, most recently a provider at Cooke County Medical Center, has worked as a physician assistant for the past 24 years, many of those years with Sears Medical Associates. She has also worked for Wilson N. Jones, Sherman, and North Texas Medical Center in the emergency department and with the hospitalist program.   She graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1990.

Nurse Practitioner Kevin Langley, APRN-CNP, graduated from East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and from the University of Oklahoma in 2012 with a Master of Science degree in nursing. 

He is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and a member of their professional organization. Kevin has 20 years of experience in acute care (hospital-based care), including orthopedics, medical/surgical, ICU, nursing administration, and emergency medicine.

The providers are supported by two LVNs, two medical assistants, radiology and lab technicians and two receptionists. 

The 4,200 square-foot clinic is well equipped, featuring on-site x-ray capability, as well as a lab.  The lab can turn a sample in 30 minutes or less, aiding in a more accurate initial diagnosis.  “The more accurate the initial diagnosis, the more comprehensive the treatment plan can be,” said Khan.  Seven exam rooms and a procedure room round out the floor plan.

Technology plays a big role at Absolute Urgent Care, with online check-in and a sophisticated patient portal.  There are even registration kiosks in the lobby to speed check-in for walk-in patients.

Operating hours for the clinic are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Appointments can be made online at www.absoluteucare.com or by calling 940-301-5000.  Those interested can also check out the complete list of services and cash prices on the site and pull up contact information, a map to the location and a health information library.

Absolute Urgent Care accepts Medicare, Texas and Oklahoma Medicaid and most major insurances.  Cash discounts and allowances for out-of-network charges are available.