Photo by Annette Joyce/NWO | Situated between MCM Resourcing and 119 on North Boutique in downtown Stokesdale, Bream Medical Primary/Urgent Care is scheduled to open Nov. 1.
Q: I remember reading in the Northwest Observer a while back about an urgent care facility coming to downtown Stokesdale, but haven't heard anything recently. Is that still in the works?
A: We spoke with John Bream, MD, this week and he confirmed he plans to open Bream Medical Primary/Urgent Care on Nov. 1. Located on Stokesdale's main street between MCM Resourcing and 119 on North Boutique, the practice will provide both urgent and primary care mostly for adults.
A board-certified emergency medical physician, Bream, who lives in Oak Ridge, has spent the last 14 years working in hospital emergency rooms across the state. After becoming frustrated with current healthcare and insurance systems, he said he decided to offer an alternative.
He opened his first practice in Salisbury, North Carolina, in February and felt Stokesdale would benefit from the same type of medical facility.
"People are 40 minutes away from a hospital in Stokesdale," Bream said. "We'll do a lot of things in our office that no one else does. In fact, we will be able to do 95% of what the ER can do. Our goal is to keep people out of the emergency room."
Bream has a special interest in treating people with COVID, especially those dealing with long-term effects.
"We've treated almost 1,300 people without anyone dying," he said.
Bream is also tackling the high cost of healthcare by offering people a subscription service, which he said should especially help people who have high-deductible insurance coverage. The plan gives patients the option of paying $125 a month, which can be further discounted. For that, the patient receives a full physical every year plus four follow-up visits and two telemedicine calls per year.
"Our patients who choose this plan love it," he said.