Drive-Through Medical Care, with Stacy and Dr. Luke Lathrop, SmartMED Drive-Thru Medical Care North Fulton Business Radio, Episode 706)
Stacy Lathrop and Dr. Luke Lathrop, owners of SmartMED Drive-Thru Medical Care in Roswell, joined host John Ray on this edition of North Fulton Business Radio. Stacy and Luke discussed how their work during the pandemic convinced them of the demand for a drive-thru medical practice, building the business from scratch, the services they offer, the advantages of their service model, why parents of young children particularly love their practice, what it’s like to receive medical care while seated in your automobile, the changing face of medical care, and much more.
SmartMED Drive-Thru Medical Care
SmartMED Drive-Thru is the first drive-thru medical clinic with urgent care services provided while the patient is in the vehicle. All labs, both PCR molecular and Antigens, are processed on site and immediately, allowing SmartMED to provide a quick and accurate diagnosis. Check-In to Check-Out in less than 10 minutes. Treating all patients over 1 year of age.
Medical Services Include:
· Sick Visits
· Onsite Lab Services
· IV Hydration
· Semaglutide for Weight Loss
· Camp & Sports Physicals
· Medication Refills
SmartMED Drive-Thru is credentialed as “general medicine practice” so that it’s a primary care copay for most insurances. In-Network with all major insurance carriers; Insurance and Pricing.
For more information, call (678) 744-5386 or visit their website. Their Roswell, GA location is at 612 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA, next to Chick-Fil-A near the Highway 9 intersection.
Dr. Luke Lathrop, Medical Director, SmartMED Drive-Thru Medical Care
Originally from Washington, IL, Dr. Luke Lathrop completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at St. Louis University. This was followed by residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has been practicing for over 17 years. His research includes work on the GUARDIAN trial (studying outcomes after cardiac reperfusion) and contributions to the revised Sgarbossa criteria (identifying STEMI with pre-existing LBBB) with Dr. Stephen Smith.
To make dependable covid testing more available to their community, Dr. Lathrop and his wife, Stacy Lathrop, started a covid testing business in 2021 and saw over 20,000 patients in their first year at their Roswell location.
In response to the strain placed on the US healthcare system by the global pandemic, the Lathrop’s founded SmartMED Drive Thru in 2022. This was the first drive thru with urgent care services in the country. As the Chief Medical Officer, he is focused on providing the utmost in efficient care, while never sacrificing quality. Through his experience in Emergency Medicine, he continually looks for ways to innovate and improve the patient experience.
Dr. Lathrop, his wife, and two young children reside in Roswell, GA.
Stacy Lathrop, CEO, SmartMED Drive-Thru Medical Care
Stacy Perry-Lathrop is originally from Williamsburg, VA and a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Shortly after graduation, she began her career with Cox Automotive, where she remained for 17 years. Over the course of her career with Cox Enterprises, Stacy served in many areas of the business including sales, marketing, strategy and operations.
In 2021, Stacy left Cox to open and operate a Drive-Thru Covid testing location with her husband, Dr. Luke Lathrop. Their company tested more than 22,000 individuals for Covid over the course of the year.
The pandemic underscored the inefficiencies in healthcare. In response, the Lathrops developed a new drive-thru medical model with the goal of providing safe, convenient, thorough and prompt medical care for all. SmartMED Drive-Thru launched in September of 2022 and has treated thousands of patients of all ages, for a multitude of illnesses and ailments, from the comfort of the car. Their affordable and accessible drive-thru medical clinics have received accolades for ingenuity and most importantly, their dedication to compassionate care.
Questions and Topics in this Interview:
- How did you come up with the idea of a full drive-thru medical clinic?
- What are the benefits of a drive-thru and who are you serving?
- Aside from the drive-thru aspect, how is this different than traditional medical visits?
- How do you think this model will change medicine?
- How will you set yourself apart from others that follow behind you?
- Do you have any plans to expand? What’s next?
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