By Janee Law
Dr. Robert Scully, medical director of Medicenter’s Huntington Station and Northport locations, has seen generations of patients since he opened the Huntington location 27 years ago, before urgent care centers began to bloom across Long Island.
Scully, of Lloyd Harbor, said he enjoys being part of patients’ families and seeing them grow over the years.
“It’s amazing. You see someone when they’re eight years old and now they’re married and they have children and they bring in their children,” Scully said. “It’s really a wonderful experience. It’s a great job.”
Scully said that the offices operate in a timely manner, with patients going in and out between 30-45 minutes.
Services offered at Medicenter include physicals, vaccinations, X-rays, minor surgery, laceration repairs, eye exams, flu vaccines, and on-site lab tests.
In addition, the center also has a referral panel of medical specialists available to see patients when needed.
Entering the cold season, Scully said that the offices are busier during the wintertime due to an increase in respiratory infections. He added that the offices are preparing for the busy season by having “extra staff so that patients can be seen quickly and move in and out on a timelier basis to accommodate them better.”
What makes Medicenter standout from other urgent care centers is that it’s owner operated, Scully said. He added that the doctors and the employees are also a big part of what makes the center so successful.
“People can expect to have a more personal relationship with the facility and become part of an establishment that has been in Huntington for 27 years, as opposed to the other centers which have doctors that may be rotating through them or is part of a larger corporate structure.”
Scully opened the 234 West Jericho Turnpike location in Huntington Station in 1990 and then opened the Northport location at 399 Fort Salonga Road in 2000.
Scully said he felt the need to open Medicenter because, at the time, there were no urgent care centers in Huntington.
When he opened up, Scully said that although business was slow at first, it picked up and has continuously grown ever since.
“This new concept has been working out very well,” Scully said. “I think that recently we’ve seen a lot more urgent care centers open up and they're more accepted by mainstream medicine. I have been here for many years and been established certainly more than anybody else in the area.”
Scully received medical degrees from New York University and Columbia University. He said he always wanted to be a physician since he was young, adding that he doesn’t remember wanting to do anything else.
The mission at Medicenter is to continue to provide excellent service and “to be there when the community needs us,” Scully said.
“I think that people come to us because we’re established. There’s no other place that has been around for 27 years,” he said. “They can be seen right away in a friendly, caring environment with expert medical staff. We always have a physician available and have a caring staff that answer to the needs of the community.”