By Brandi Underwood
A lively crowd packed the waiting room of Horizon Medical Health Center as part of the monthly Business After Hours event Thursday, but the scene was nothing out of the ordinary for CEO and managing director Christina Rhodes.
The success of the seven-month-old business recently prompted Rhodes to explore options for expansion, and she announced Thursday that a second location will soon be opening in Bluefield.
It may be dubbed “Business After Hours,” but the event title doesn’t so much apply to Horizon Medical, which stays open until 8 p.m. each weekday — a quality that sets Horizon apart from many of its competitors, Rhodes explained.
“For parents that cannot get off work, they can bring their kids here after hours,” Rhodes said. “Sometimes they need family doctors, vaccines or regular check ups. Those can be done here after 5 o’clock.”
Both an urgent care and family medicine provider, Horizon Medical boasts services ranging from routine check ups to minor surgical procedures. The center also offers home visits for the handicap and elderly, Rhodes said.
“The elderly or handicap can’t get out sometimes, especially now with the weather like this,” Rhodes said. “It is very costly for them to get an ambulance to go to the E.R., so it’s easier for us to go to them to help them.”
Horizon Medical is staffed by a physician assistant and three family nurse practitioners, Rhodes said.
“We still have people that don’t know where we’re located, so that’s why Business After Hours is great,” Rhodes said. “You’re networking with a lot of businesses, and those businesses see a lot of people that they can refer to us, or they can bring their own families here.”
Organized by the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, Business After Hours events are held as an opportunity for both current and prospective chamber members to network and mingle with other area business owners.
Horizon Medical Health Center is located at 2233 South Kanawha Street in Beckley. The office welcomes walk ins from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment only on Saturday.
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