A digital medical company based in Spartanburg has opened its first brick-and-mortar clinic.
Care.IT (pronounced “carrot”), founded in 2013 by Sean and Meredith Elwell at The Iron Yard’s accelerator in downtown Spartanburg, recently announced the clinic inside the Weis Markets store in Schnecksville, Penn.
Sean Elwell said the company decided to open the clinic in order to “meet customers where they’re at.” He is exploring the possibility of adding more locations in the future.
“We look forward to being a part of Schnecksville,” he said. “We’re here to build personal relationships and provide critical and affordable health care services to this community.”
The clinic will occupy the former CareWorks medical clinic inside the grocery store at 5020 Route 873.
It will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and Friday through Sunday. But customers can access the clinic online anytime.
Fran Fasching, a doctor with 25 years of emergency medicine experience at Lehigh Valley Health Network, will operate the clinic.
Care.IT accepts cash and most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Its services are free to patients with many forms of insurance.
“Patients come to Care.IT for respiratory infections, chronic condition management, flu shots, vaccines, sports physicals, occupational medicine, seasonal allergies, functional medicine, women’s issues and more,” Elwell said. “Care.IT is well integrated with local health systems and can refer patients to specialty care when necessary.”
According to the company’s founder, the clinic combines in-person care with virtual care.
Patients can visit the clinic in person and opt to have their follow up visit online via their smartphone or computer at a discounted rate. But in-person follow up visits are also available.
The company said the clinic features state-of-the-art systems that can resolve many of the routine and chronic care conditions that typically result in emergency rooms for a fraction of the cost.
“Care.IT is a technology company that cares about people,” Elwell said. “The clinics are part of our core belief that better care outcomes happen when our clinicians better connect with the people who trust us with their medical care.”
He said the company hopes to open up to 27 clinics and 180 telehealth kiosks with Weis Markets and is looking at other grocery chains as well.
“We’re also opening up our call center operations with Loud and Clear Communications in Seneca,” Elwell said. “L&C in Seneca employs mainly military vets. Five call center jobs in [South Carolina] will be created this spring. [The South Carolina Research Authority] has provided important grant funding to Care.IT for both the clinics and the call center operations.”
Elwell has 17 years of experience in health care technology. He formerly served as head of strategy and operations for health care giant Aetna’s consumer platform.
Care.IT originally started as an online telemedicine platform.
With the clinics, Elwell said he hopes to blend high- and low-tech health solutions to improve people’s lives by offering the lowest cost, most effective and most convenient health care.
“We are pleased to welcome Care.IT’s state-of-the-art in-store clinic and telehealth initiative,” said Rick Seipp, vice president of pharmacy at Weis Markets, which operates 204 stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia, in a statement. “It’s an excellent complement to our pharmacy and offers our customers convenient and affordable health care.