Written by Chris Boyle Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00
Premier Care of Carle Place, a new urgent medical care facility located at 235 Glen Cove Road, held their grand opening celebration last Tuesday.
Frank Frisone, President of the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, headed up a ribbon-cutting ceremony and after-party to welcome the Premier Care staff and management into the community.
“I think this was a long time coming. This is the type of establishment that we need in the area,” he said. “This is great for the community, great for everyone. It gives people other options when it comes to medical care in the Westbury/Carle Place area, so it’s great to have them here.”
Premier Care has 10 practices open throughout Nassau, Queens, and Brooklyn. Their newest edition is the 6,000 square foot facility housed at the location of the former Innovative Luggage store, and it opened its doors to the residents of Carle Place in late May. Those doors will remain open 365 days a year, seven days a week, according to Dr. Daniel Frogel, a manager at Premier Care.
Frogel studied at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After he graduated in 2003, he trained at Long Island Jewish Hospital in emergency medicine, and eventually started working for Premier Care in 2009. Frogel said that with the opening of this new facility in Carle Place, a major hole in the surrounding area has just been plugged, so to speak.
“From a ‘need’ perspective, I think that there aren’t too many hospitals that are close by,” he said. “It’s a very congested area, and there’s a lot of exposure here and people can really find where you are quickly. Plus, there’s plenty of parking and Carle Place is a great neighborhood.”
Boasting 11 exam rooms, Premier Care’s staff will consist of one doctor, one x-ray technician, one medical technician, and one doctor’s assistant on duty at all times, according to Frogel.
“Urgent Care is almost a synthesis of medicine and retail, because patients are able to walk in off of the street without appointments,” he said. “Every patient here is seen by an emergency room physician, and we range from anything — sore throats, stitches, broken bones, bloody or runny noses. We can do intravenous fluids, x-rays (and) a broad range of medical care. (We have) pretty much anything you could find in an emergency room.”
Dr. Ian Mack, head of the new Glen Cove Road Premier Care location, originally hails from Buffalo where he attended medical school, but is now a local area resident. Before coming to Premier Care, he worked at Nassau University Medical Center for three years, but finally considers himself at home here in Carle Place.
“I’m happy for this site opening up within my community. I live only about five lights away,” he said. “As a resident of Garden City I’m very happy to help the patients of the neighborhood and interact with them. It’s a nice feeling, as a doctor, to treat and help your neighbors within the community.”