By John Toole
---- — WINDHAM — A doctor with ties to Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital will lead the medical team for a New Hampshire urgent care chain opening a branch in Windham.
ConvenientMD Urgent Care yesterday announced the appointment of Dr. Jeff Collins as medical director.
Collins has served as medical director for Massachusetts General’s urgent care center in Chelsea since 2001. He also has been medical director for the hospital’s Center for Community Health Improvement in Boston since 2007.
He is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and a clinical instructor in medicine with the Boston University School of Medicine.
“I welcome this wonderful opportunity to join the ConvenientMD team,” Collins said. “Providing easy access to high quality health care for those people in the communities our urgent care centers will serve is my primary goal.”
ConvenientMD, based in Portsmouth, has a grand opening for its first branch in Windham on Dec. 5.
ConvenientMD CEO Max Puyanic was updating selectmen about the business last night.
Puyanic said ConvenientMD’s second branch, located in Concord, has broken ground and is on track for an opening in the second quarter of next year.
The Windham office, serving the greater Salem area, is located at 125 Indian Rock Road, near Exit 3 off Interstate 93. It will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
A physician and full medical team will be on site to treat people who are sick or injured.
ConvenientMD estimates the average visit time will be less than 45 minutes.
Puyanic was pleased Collins signed on as medical director.
“He’s one of the top physicians nationally in the urgent care field,” Puyanic said.
Collins will be “a tremendous asset” to the community, Puyanic said.
His experience includes serving as trustee chairman for the Urgent Care Foundation and as a director of the urgent Care Association of America.
Collins is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine and was a member of a committee that helped set national accreditation standards for urgent care centers.
He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Boston University School of Medicine.