• John McGary, Woodford Sun Staff

Versailles Urgent Care opens local clinic

VERSAILLES URGENT CARE held a ribbon-cutting Monday to celebrate the Jan. 23 opening of its clinic at 432 Lexington Road. Holding the ceremonial big scissors is office manager Kayla Kennedy; to her right is Dr. Nawar Soda, the co-owner of the clinic. They are joined by members of the Woodford Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by John McGary)

"We try to be fast, but at the same time, not to be too fast ..." said Dr. Nawar Soda to a group of Woodford County Chamber of Commerce members after a ribbon-cutting at Versailles Urgent Care Monday. The clinic, at 432 Lexington Road in the old Papa John's building, has been busy since opening its doors on Jan. 23, Soda said. "It's been really great since we opened here. It seems like we picked up really fast, so we could tell the area really needed it," he said. The Versailles clinic is one of six in Central Kentucky owned by Urgent Care of Kentucky, which is run by Soda and Dr. Abdolreza Rabide. Soda said most weeks, he's at the VUC one day a week and Rabide, several days. The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.seven days a week, and has a doctor or nurse practitioner and two medical assistants there every day, Soda said. The company can also shift employees from one site to another if needed. Equipment on site includes X-ray machines, the results of which the doctor or nurse practitioner can see immediately and get an outside opinion on from a radiologist within an hour or two, Rabide said. The VUC can also treat abscesses, remove moles and take blood and urine for testing and next-day lab results. Their patients include most anyone without a life-threatening illness, Soda said. Soda said their research showed the Bluegrass Community Hospital emergency room and Kroger Little Clinic were often quite busy, showing a need for a medical facility for people unable to make a same-day appointment with their doctor. "Nowadays, there's too much waiting for (people) going to see a primary care physician when a patient is really sick," Rabide said. "In that time frame that they cannot see their primary care physician, this urgent care can be very helpful." "It seems like it's needed. I mean, there's nothing similar around here. And we know ... a lot of families and people drive from Versailles to go to our Lexington office," Soda said. The VUC has a flat fee of $70 per visit, far less than some of its Central Kentucky competitors. Soda said, except for out-of-state Medicaid, the VUC accept all types of health insurance. Office manager and Versailles resident Kayla Kennedy, a certified medical assistant and phlebotomist, worked at the company's Frankfort clinic until the VUC opened. She said she appreciates the shorter commute - and the patients. "I like it a lot. I see a lot of people that I know, and I see people that I don't know, obviously. But I like it here," said the Midway native. Rabide, from Iran, and Soda, a native of Syria, said their patients and community members have made them feel at home in Versailles. "We're definitely very excited about being in here. The community has been very welcoming, and we definitely appreciate that, because as business owners, it's kind of refreshing ... It gives you a little bit of a push, a little bit of optimism," Soda said. "So far, so good," said Rabide with a laugh.

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