Clinic business

Cardinal Urgent Care clinic is now open

Cardinal Urgent Care opened at the King Shopping Center on South Main Street last week.

KING – It should be noted, with all the recent debate and discussion about access to health care in Stokes County, that there is a new urgent care clinic that has been operational since this week.

Cardinal Urgent Care is located in the King Mall at 607E South Main Street, between Foothills Grill & Tap and Dollar Tree.

The three owners – physician Dr Samir Patel, physician assistant Julie Gupton and nurse practitioner Abigail Rooks – welcomed city leaders, House board members and friends to the ceremony official inauguration on Tuesday.

The location had a soft opening last week and has already seen nearly 40 patients. The company has 13 employees and six treatment rooms.

Cardinal Urgent Care offers acute care for illnesses and injuries, as well as services such as x-rays, administration of IV fluids, drug testing for jobs, physical exams and vaccinations. They also offer the COVID tests required by foreign countries for those planning trips abroad. But it will mainly be a local option for non-fatal emergencies.

“Our goal is to try to serve everyone and keep people out of emergencies,” Gupton said. “We’ve seen numbers increase every day as word spreads.”

“We had a warm welcome,” added Rooks. “It was a great experience.”

Dr Patel said the owners chose King after conducting market research in the Triad. “He looked at a lot of factors, but primarily the type of access to health care people have,” he said. “It boiled down to a few places and then we had to see what kind of spaces were available. We are very satisfied with this location which meets all our needs. It was a good find.

Patel was born in California, raised in Florida before moving to Massachusetts to complete his undergraduate and medical school. He lives in Winston-Salem.

Gupton is a Certified Physician Assistant (PA) experienced in emergency care and emergency medicine. Having earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering as well as his Masters in Medical Science in PA Studies. She completed her PhD at Wake Forest and currently resides in Lewisville.

Rooks is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with over two decades of experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in nursing from Duke. She lives in Oak Ridge.

The three owners hope the King location will be the first of several clinics in a growing network.

Cardinal Urgent Care hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

To learn more, call 336-983-9111, email or visit