Bellaire could be on its way to getting an Urgent Care Center if the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission approves a special use permit tonight.
Dr. Mario Quintanilla recently purchased space in an existing strip center at 5300 Bellaire Blvd. and is now asking for the city’s permission to renovate the space into a medical clinic. It would be the only Urgent Care Center within the Bellaire city limits.
The clinic would be open for 12-hour days, seven days per week to treat ailments like colds, influenza, sprains, cuts and even fractures. People with serious injuries would still need to go to a hospital’s emergency room. Quintanilla’s clinic would include eight exam rooms, a laboratory and x-ray capabilities.
“With emergency room overcrowding and this recent national call to control healthcare spending there has been a growing need from the public for convenient access to unscheduled medical care with reasonable costs,” according to Quintanilla’s permit application. “The Urgent Care Center will be a one-stop-shop where patients can receive premier health care, after hours, at a fraction of the cost of emergency room visits.”
City staff is recommending that the Planning and Zoning Commission approve the permit for the clinic because it would be consistent with the city’s proposed Comprehensive Plan and the Town Center District.