Shahzad Zaki left a medical group in White Plains, N.Y., to open Health Med Urgent Care, 1257 S. Broad St. The center opened earlier this month and provides a range of services for patients. | (Eric Vo / Record-Journal)
October 9, 2013 09:47PM
By Eric Vo
WALLINGFORD — Leaving his medical group in New York, Dr. Shahzad Zaki has opened a new urgent care center on South Broad Street.
Health Med Urgent Care, 1257 S. Broad St., opened on Oct. 1, Zaki said. From X-rays and minor procedures to orthopedics, Zaki said the urgent care center provides different services to patients.
Before opening his care center in Wallingford, Zaki, 36, was working with a medical group in White Plains, N.Y., and commuting from Fairfield. Realizing the commute was becoming too difficult, Zaki said he decided to leave his group and become an owner of his own practice. Being in Wallingford also allows him to be closer to his family, he added.
“I was commuting quite a lot going from Fairfield to White Plains,” Zaki said. “The choices were between employment and ownership, and I chose ownership. It wasn’t that I was extremely unhappy with the group, but there are pros and cons of having ownership.”
Aside from the types of services offered at Health Med Urgent Care, Zaki also said what makes his practice unique is that it’s open seven days a week.
As he continues settling down, Zaki has also visited various town departments to let them know what the urgent care center provides. Doreen DeSarro, business recruiter for the town’s Economic Development Commission, said she was happy to know there was another facility town residents could use if they needed to.
“I just think it’s a good thing to make residents of our community aware of,” she said.
Chris More, a public health educator and nurse at the town’s Health Department, shared DeSarro’s observation.
“We asked him for a listing of what services he would be providing for the town,” More said.
“Any place where the citizens of Wallingford can go and get some care is immediately a good thing for us.”
Zaki said he’ll be moving to town in the near future. He hopes to help as many people in town as possible and eventually “looking forward to further networking and expanding in the future,” Zaki said.