2009-08-20 05:52:37 UTC
Roadside clinics in Texas, Oklahoma to serve truckers
10:44 PM CDT on Wednesday, August 19, 2009
By JASON ROBERSON / The Dallas Morning News
Truckers traveling along Interstate 20 through Dallas come February
can receive medical care at a roadside clinic.
The Brough Group International, a Houston-based physician-staffing and
investment company, signed a contract Wednesday worth more than
$165,000, to open 11 clinics at truck stops in Texas and Oklahoma.
The nation's 3.4 million truck drivers – some arriving today for an
annual truck show at the Dallas Convention Center – often forgo
routine doctor visits to pick up and drop off their next load.
As a result, they're at a higher risk for low-back pain, heart
attacks, hypertension, ulcers, and cancers of the bladder, lung and
prostate, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
"Professional over-the-road drivers need to be taken care of just like
the rest of society," said Dr. Royce Brough, an emergency room
physician and CEO of the Brough Group.
Long Haul Clinics LLC, the Fort Meyers, Fla.-based operator of
Roadside Medical Clinics, licensed out the clinic sites to the Brough
Group. The Dallas location, opening in February, will be at 8787 S.
Long Haul has an exclusive contract for trucker-friendly clinics with
Pilot Travel Centers, the nation's largest truck stop chain, with 300
locations in 41 states. Long Haul plans 80 truck stop clinics.
Long Haul took two years and spent $3.5 million in research and
development to create the Roadside business model for physician
investors like Brough. The first location opened in the first quarter
of 2008 in Cartersville, Ga.
The Roadside clinics are equipped to offer general medical care and
special services such as minor trauma care, sleep disorder screening
and sexually transmitted disease treatment.
No appointments are necessary. The clinics have onsite labs that can
return most test results in one or two days.