Doctors open suburban urgent care facility


Courtesy WellCare

A pair of doctors have opened an urgent care center in the area.

Dr. George Varughese and Dr. Smitha Mary Varkey opened WellCare Urgent Care last week in Cascade Township, at 6460 28th St. SE.

They invested $800,000 to renovate and open the 2,750-square-foot space, which was previously home to another urgent care center.

“This practice closed in 2018, but the need for an urgent care center in that location still existed,” Varughese said.

“We chose to re-open this newly remodeled and renovated urgent care and expanded our line of services to meet the growing demand for urgent care services and occupational medicine services.”

The facility treats patients ages three months and older for a variety of issues, including the flu and colds, fractures, STDs, UTIs, women’s health and occupational medicine.

The center's lab offers on-site X-ray tech, lab draws for testing and can dispense some medications.

WellCare's staff also includes three radiologic technicians and three medical assistants.

Varughese has been practicing primary care and urgent care medicine for 15 years. He received his medical degree through Gulf Medical University in Ajman, U.A.E. He completed his residency in family medicine at Michigan State University.

Varkey graduated from Central Michigan University and has experience in urgent care and occupational medicine.

Renovations to the space included expanding the waiting room and adding a patient restroom in the waiting area, as well as adding a central nurse station for easy access and to enable close observation of patients.

Wyoming-based Irish Design & Build was the project's general contractor, and consultant Michael Lynch was the architect on the project. Lynnell Vollmer of Spring Lake-based Crane Design was the interior designer.

Patients can reserve appointments on the urgent care center’s website or through the app OnPatient.

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