Med ExpressWe’re pleased to announce an important new affiliation that provides Riverside Medical Group (RMG) physicians and patients with extended urgent and after hours care, and an emergency room alternative for those with urgent, but non-emergent conditions.

Effective January 1, 2011, Med Express, an urgent care network with three existing locations in Newport News, Yorktown and Williamsburg, joined Riverside. Launched in 2004, Med Express was formed by three local emergency physician entrepreneurs, Dr. Michael Renforth, Dr. Chan Park and Dr. Michael Rogowski. They’ve earned a community-wide reputation for providing fast, competent and skilled care, with a mission of “practicing good medicine while providing extraordinary service.”

Our affiliation with Med Express means that Riverside patients who cannot for whatever reason be seen in the practice for episodic, urgent care needs, can go to any Med Express location where doctors will have access to their electronic medical record including medical history and current medications. The additional Med Express locations enhance Riverside’s network of already established urgent care facilities in Williamsburg, Hayes and Tappahannock.

 “At a time when large volume increases (resulting from new healthcare legislation) are predicted in already crowded emergency rooms across the country, and with insurance companies taking measures to direct patients away from emergency rooms to a lower cost urgent care alternative “our affiliation with Med Express couldn’t be more timely,” said Dr. Barry Gross, Chief Medical Officer. “Their proven expertise in operating urgent care centers is a welcome addition to Riverside, one that is a win/win for our physicians and our patients.“

Med Express is open seven days a week, 9am to 9pm. No appointment is needed.

Published: January 13, 2011