YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Many of us remember the days when we knew our physicians personally. They lived in our communities and their kids played on the same sports teams with the other neighborhood children.
As an emergency room physician with over 25 years’ experience, Dr. Rajesh Gupta remembers it too and has found a way to bring this back.
Along with his wife, Seema, Dr. Gupta looked for a viable way to both practice medicine and be a part of the community that he loves: Yorktown. He conducted some intensive research for well over a year and decided to open an American Family Care (AFC) Urgent Care franchise.
“I am a doctor, not a business person, and the AFC model was a good fit for us,” he said. “It provides lots of support and the ability to serve our community the way we always wanted to: with compassion, accessibility and affordability.”
For Dr. Gupta, the AFC mission statement summed everything up perfectly and was the underlying reason he chose to open an AFC Center: “It is our mission to provide the best healthcare possible, in a kind and caring environment, while respecting the rights of all patients, in an economical manner, at times and locations convenient to the patient.”
AFC Urgent Care will celebrate its first anniversary Feb. 5. Located in the BJ’s Plaza in Yorktown Heights, AFC will mark the occasion with free giveaways, raffles and wellness tips/information throughout the month of February.
“Throughout our first year, we have been actively involved in the Yorktown community through event sponsorships, health fairs, speaking engagements and wellness programs and memberships,” said Kellie Slater, outreach and marketing director. “We are proud of the work we have done and in 12 short months have become ‘the heart of our community.'”
AFC Urgent Care offers a variety of diagnostic and treatment options and works closely with each patient. With an on-site lab and digital X-ray, enabling its board certified doctors to diagnose and treat illnesses and set broken bones, all under one roof, it is able to determine the best course of care in a quick and efficient manner. Additional services include all typical urgent care services, plus pre-employment exams, drug testing, breathe alcohol tests, sports and school physicals, DOT physicals, pre-surgical physicals and vaccinations, including travel vaccinations.
The Gupta’s have lived in Yorktown for 15 years, raising two boys. Opening the AFC office in his hometown last year was a dream come true, he said. While still practicing at White Plains Hospital, Dr. Gupta always thought about opening a convenient, affordable practice that could serve his family and friends in the greater Yorktown community. He prides himself on being involved with his patients, their families and the community, but as an ER physician with 29 years’ experience, that was not something he could actively do. Developing relationships, building stronger ties with the community and serving a town where that personal touch in healthcare was lacking are the main reasons he decided to open up in Yorktown.
Dr. Gupta is now a credentialed member of the Fieldhome physician team and has seen several homebound patients. He said being able to do “house calls”— a practice not “practiced” as much as it used to be — is so rewarding. Seeing patients in their home, their environment and their comfort zone are what medicine is all about. It is not simply the treatment of the body, but of the whole person.
Dr. Gupta also said he feels very strongly about serving those who have served our country, so he makes it a priority to see that all veterans have the best healthcare available. To this point, AFC Yorktown accepts Tricare, the veterans’ health insurance plan (which not all physicians or urgent care facilities accept).
Dr. Gupta was recently nominated for Westchester Magazine’s fourth annual Healthcare Heroes Awards, which looks to honor those in the healthcare industry who have made a difference and who continuously go above and beyond their daily job responsibilities.
“Once in a great while, you come across someone who truly impacts your life and the lives of everyone around him. In this case, the person came in the form of a physician, Dr. Rajesh Gupta, and I am proud to nominate him as a Healthcare Hero,” Slater wrote in her nomination.
Dr. Gupta said he looks forward to marking AFC’s one-year anniversary with the entire Yorktown community.
“I am so proud of our AFC family and am excited to celebrate our one-year anniversary with our friends and neighbors,” he said. “Being involved with my patients and having a direct connection with them is so very important.”
AFC Urgent Care Yorktown accepts most insurance, including Tri-Care, Medicaid and Medicare, as well as affordable cash and credit card rates for self-pay patients. It is open seven days a week. Its hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call them at 914-930-5550.