Clinics in Port Wentworth, Ga., and Cookeville, Tenn., are a major milestone for the company as it works to increase access to medical care for commercial truck drivers nationwide
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (April 3, 2023) – Interstate Health announced today the locations of its first two clinics in Port Wentworth, Georgia, and Cookeville, Tennessee. The Port Wentworth location broke ground on March 31 and is anticipated to open later this year. The Cookeville clinic is the current Occupational Health Center, LLC and joined Interstate Health effective April 1. Both locations are strategically situated in areas frequented by commercial drivers, aligning with the company’s mission to make healthcare more accessible to the transportation industry, local communities and interstate travelers.
“The groundbreaking of our first greenfield clinic coupled with the addition of Occupational Health Center represents a meaningful milestone in our efforts to improve the health and lives of 3.5 million commercial truck drivers nationwide,” said Jeff Seraphine, chief executive officer of Interstate Health. “We anticipate that these two locations alone will serve thousands of drivers annually and are eager to watch that impact grow as we work to build a nationwide network of clinics over the next few years.”
Each location will initially offer primary and urgent care services for commercial drivers and the community, as well as specialized physicals required by the Department of Transportation for commercial truck drivers, drug screens and other pre-employment medical care, and x-ray services. Future services Interstate Health aims to offer include laboratory, pharmacy and sleep studies, among others. The company also has a master technology plan to integrate with trucking company platforms and effectively utilize data to enhance continuity of care and patient convenience.
Interstate Health formally launched in November 2022 with the announcement of its successful pre-seed funding. Since then, the company has been working with its advisors, who include veteran transportation, healthcare and technology executives, to continue raising capital and bringing the shared vision of increased access, improved health, and enhanced safety and productivity for commercial truck drivers to life.
Port Wentworth, Ga. Location
The 2,100 square-foot Port Wentworth, Ga., location is being built by Gaylor Contracting and designed by AEI on the Port Fuel Center property located on the corner of Grange Road and Georgia Highway 21 near Interstate 95. The land has been leased from Port Fuel Center. The clinic represents a more than $1 million investment in the community and is expected to generate approximately 20 new jobs.
“The need for the healthcare services Interstate Health is building is glaringly apparent in both the national data and in our conversations with the customers we serve every day,” said Yash Desai, partner at Port Fuel Center. “We’re proud to be the site for the first new clinic the company will build and are eager to watch its impact firsthand.”
Cookeville, Tenn. Location
The Occupational Health Center (OHC) in Cookeville, Tenn. is a 5,300 square-foot clinic that currently offers primary care, urgent care and occupational medicine across the Upper Cumberland region. As part of Interstate Health, current OHC providers and staff will continue to serve their current patients and community, while connecting to an even broader network of impact to serve commercial truck drivers who frequent Interstate 40. Additionally, OHC founding physician, Dr. Toney Hudson, was named chief medical officer for Interstate Health.
“The mission that my founding partner Dr. James Talmage and I had in opening Occupational Health Center was to serve the healthcare needs of rural and working Americans in the Upper Cumberland region. Aligning OHC and my own career with Interstate Health is a meaningful way to make an even greater impact on our community and those who are medically underserved,” said Dr. Hudson. “The vision of Interstate Health is the fulfillment of what my team and I have wanted for the drivers we take care of for many years. We are excited to help make that vision a reality by bringing our organizations together.”
About Interstate Health
Interstate Health is an innovative, technology-enabled medical services company that provides urgent care, primary care and telemedicine services along the nation’s interstate highway system. Interstate Health supports the needs of commercial truck drivers, rural residents, and all travelers across the nation’s interstates. For more information, visit https://interstatehealth.com/.