By Joshua Burd
An affiliate of a Red Bank-based urgent care chain has selected R.J. Brunelli & Co. to help it find new locations for its mobile testing centers.
The brokerage firm said the business, Mobile Health Solutions, is seeking parking lots in shopping centers and other high visibility sites in northern and central New Jersey for its fully equipped, 8-foot-by-20-foot testing facilities. The centers, which are designed to occupy two to three parking spaces, are constructed from former shipping containers.
“This is all about visibility, so we are focused on locations offering high traffic, good signage and easy access along major shopping corridors,” said Danielle Brunelli, president and principal of Old Bridge-based R.J. Brunelli, who is directing the account. “While strip centers and regional malls are preferred, we will also consider non-retail locations.”
She added that, because the service is offered on an appointment-only basis, “landlords do not have to worry about lines of cars tying up traffic in their lots.”
“This is an excellent way for landlords to provide an important service to their community at a time when people across the country are clamoring to get tested,” Brunelli said.
In addition to reaching out to landlords, R.J. Brunelli will be working with municipalities to obtain approvals for the testing sites. The units can be configured to include two or four private testing rooms, each with their own doors to the parking lot, assuring privacy and safety for patients.
Mobile Health Solutions is an affiliate company of Immediate Care Medical, which operates eight multidisciplinary, walk-in urgent care centers in Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Sal Cannizzaro, the principal of both companies, noted that the mobile units are an outgrowth of the COVID-testing program established early in the pandemic at Immediate Care’s locations.
“We’ve already successfully deployed the mobile units in the parking lots of several of our urgent care centers, as well as at one-day events with municipalities, testing as many as 300 people in an eight-hour period,” he said.
The mobile units offer PCR COVID-19 testing, with results from FDA-approved labs provided within 48 hours, according to a news release. All forms of insurance and Medicare are accepted, Brunelli said, adding that no co-payments are due at the time of service.
All paperwork can be filled out in advance online or in the patient’s car.
“With entries on both sides, the units can handle up to four patients at a time, with the typical visit taking under 10 minutes,” Cannizzaro said. “Each room is fully sanitized between visits, and all units come equipped with a sink, negative air flow system, heat and air conditioning. Power is supplied by a generator.”