“One of the only urgent-care centers on St. Louis’ medically underserved north side is in danger of closing if it doesn’t receive more patients.
North City Urgent Care opened five years ago near North Skinker Parkway and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Since then, the center hasn’t posted a profit, owner Sonny Saggar said.
Although there are only two urgent-care clinics in north St. Louis, patient volume is low, Saggar said. On a typical day, there are only a handful of patients — far fewer than the 25 patients a day needed to turn a profit, he said.
“It’s a double-edged sword to have no competition on the north side but also limited awareness,” Saggar said. “I don’t think it’s because there’s not enough people; I think it’s because they’re not aware.”
Urgent-care clinics provide immediate walk-in medical care for ailments such as sprained ankles, infections or viruses. The clinics aim to reduce use unnecessary use of expensive emergency rooms.
Urgent-care clinics are businesses that seek profits. Unlike other clinics, they don’t receive grants or federal assistance. “
North St. Louis urgent-care clinic struggles for patients despite lack of competition
One of the only urgent-care centers on St. Louis’ medically underserved north side is in danger of closing if it doesn’t receive more patients. North City