Dr. Pascal Crosley and the team at Quality First Urgent Care are committed to providing consummate occupational health services that will help people return to work and school safely in 2021.

Dr. Crosley, a board-certified emergency physician and owner of the Quality First clinics, has always been focused on the crossroads at which medicine and business intersect.

He says the skills he developed during his early career as the medical director at Georgia’s DeKalb Medical Center and as chairman of emergency medical services at Baltimore’s Saint Agnes Hospital – understanding not only the clinical components, but the finances, as well – helped paved the way for Quality First and its phenomenal growth. He now heads up one of the largest COVID testing facilities in the state of Maryland, thanks to an ongoing partnership with Quest Diagnostics and collaboration with the Howard County Department of Health.

“I kind of took the skills I had learned up to this point and wanted to apply them to access and health services in the community I was raised in,” he says.

With Quality First Urgent Care’s COVID testing in full swing, thanks to a fourth testing site that will open in Clarksville, Md. on March 1st. Crosley and his Chief Operating Officer David Gruber are now also focusing on getting Maryland workforces and schools back to business, safely and securely.

“We are hoping to work with schools, government agencies, and companies to consult with them and provide testing and services to safely bring their employees back in person,” says Chief Operating Officer David Gruber. “We know this isn’t happening tomorrow, but over the course of the next 6-9 months, businesses will be in person again. And we want to help them do that in the most effective and safe way.”

Quality First Urgent Care could serve as an outsourced Chief Medical Officer for businesses, he says, with Dr. Crosley at the helm, providing telemedicine services and ubiquitous testing as teams return to the workplace, while providing routine occupational health services such as drug testing, pre-employment physicals, care for work related injuries, and more.

An in-house, high complexity laboratory that was recently opened at Quality First’s Burtonsville location will help the team boost testing volume, while allowing for greater control of timing.

“I think there’s continued concern to reopen,” Dr. Crosley says. “We haven’t come close to quote-unquote herd immunity through the vaccine, and community spread will call for ubiquitous testing so that people who have COVID can detect it early, quarantine, and try to mitigate the spread as workplaces reopen. Testing will continue to be a large component of that.”

Giving back to the community he lives and works in is important to Dr. Crosley, a Howard County native who grew up in Columbia, Maryland, and now lives less than 10 minutes away from his new Clarksville clinic. His father was a Baltimore-area physician, who started practicing in Columbia. While he has since passed, his legacy lives on through Quality First, Crosley says,

“It’s exciting for me to provide for the county I grew up in,” he says.