Urgent care clinic planned for Raphine, Virginia, travel center

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RAPHINE, Va. — An urgent care clinic is set to open next year at a travel center off Interstate 81, partly intended to serve truck drivers passing through.

The Roanoke Times reports Carilion Clinic announced Wednesday that it will lease much of an 8,300-square-foot building being constructed by the truck stop in Raphine, a small community between Staunton and Lexington.

Bobby Berkstressor is the owner of White’s Travel Center, which is billed as the East coast’s largest travel center.

He said in a press release that the center serves nearly 2 million visitors a year and that the clinic will provide many truck drivers access to care without disrupting their schedules.

“For many of the truck drivers, scheduling medical visits is not an option. This will provide them instant and convenient access to care without disrupting their busy travel schedule,” he said in a news release.

According to the newspaper, construction began in July and is expected to be completed early next year.

“This location is unique in that we can better meet the needs of the Raphine community while also serving the many travelers who wouldn’t otherwise have easy access to quality care,” said Chuck Carr, Carilion vice president.

The travel center is a TravelCenters of America facility.

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