KITCHENER, Ont. — DriverCheck, a company that provides workplace medical testing and assessments to thousands of businesses across the country has recently opened a new medical clinic in Kitchener and it’s nothing like your average doctor’s office.
The newly redesigned and rebuilt clinic has three big screen televisions mounted to the walls, a slew of comfortable lounge chairs and even a full coffee bar. At first glance, you wouldn’t even be able to tell the space is a medical clinic. The retro Esso and Chevy signs give the illusion of a place you’d hang out and watch the game at with your buddies.
“The whole motif of the clinic is it’s driver-friendly. It looks like a cross between a man cave and a clinic,” said Dr. Chris Page, the company’s president, who designed the space himself. “It’s to make (drivers) more comfortable and to make it easier for them to get their medical done. So they have someplace where they can just pop in. There’s coffee and Internet access, and there’s a power bar to charge cell phones and laptops. This is really a thank you to drivers.”
DriverCheck currently does medical testing for more than 6,000 companies – 5,000 of which are trucking companies.
“We do a test every 34 seconds,” said Page.
But, the chic coffee bar and plasma TVs aren’t the only perks of the clinic. In a normal medical office you wait half an hour flipping through three-year-old Chatelaine’s to see your doctor for all of five minutes. This new man cave clinic, rebuilt from the original clinic that went up 18 years ago, solves that problem.
“There’s no wait here,” said Page. “The drivers have very busy lives and we have a doctor waiting for them instead of the other way around.”
Page said that the clinic addresses the recent stresses on the health care system, like the amount of truck drivers who don’t have a general practitioner.
“There’s no line-up like there is at a family doctor,” he said. “And the clinic services a large portion of drivers that just don’t have a family doctor.”
The clinic officially re-opened on July 14. It is the first of its kind in the country and Page says the hope is to have one of these man cave clinics in every major city in Canada in the near future.
“Our goal is to be able to replicate this clinic all across Canada so that drivers will know exactly where to go to get their medicals done,” he said. “We want that done in the next three to five years.”
There are no more medical offices like this being built just yet as the clinic is still brand new.
“We’re going test this one out for now and get all the bugs out before we replicate it,” Page said. “There’s always bugs in it that want to sort out before we build another.”
As another thank you to the Canadian drivers on the roads, Page is giving away a decked-out mystery Harley-Davidson to a lucky trucker.
Any driver who visits the clinic to have their medical completed will be entered into a draw to win the motorcycle.
“We have 50,000 drivers that we look out for in Canada and I always wanted to sort of give them back something for the success of the company that we have,” he said.
The winner will be selected at random in May 2015.
DriverCheck will also be hosting an open house on Sept. 5 to allow all interested patrons to have a look at the new clinic.
The open house runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the clinic’s location, 31 McBrine Drive in Kitchener, Ontario. The new Harley-Davidson that is up for grabs will be on display at the event in order to encourage drivers to get their medical done there.
Sonia Straface is the associate editor of Truck News and Truck West magazines. She graduated from Ryerson University's journalism program in 2013 and enjoys writing about health and wellness and HR issues surrounding the transportation industry. Follow her on Twitter: @SoniaStraface. All posts by Sonia Straface