Cookeville is a major milestone for the company as it works to increase access to medical care for commercial truck drivers nationwide

Cookeville Interstate Health (IH), an “innovative, technology-enabled  medical services company that provides urgent care, primary care and telemedicine services along the nation’s interstate highway system,” has opened a location in the Occupational Health Center (OHC) facility at at 315 N. Washington Ave. in Cookeville.

OHC offers primary care, urgent care and occupational medicine. IH focuses on the service of the commercial truck drivers that travel up and down Interstate 40. IH told the Upper Cumberland Business Journal OHC will “continue to serve their current patients and community while connecting to an even broader network of impact.”

Dr. Toney Hudson, IH’s founding physician, was named chief medical officer. He moved to Cookeville in 1976 when he joined Internal Medicine Associates. Hudson has been the primary physician of Averitt since 1978 and opened Occupational Health Center in 1991.

“The mission that my founding partner Dr. James Talmage and I had in opening Occupational Health Center was to serve the health care needs of rural and working Americans in the Upper Cumberland region,” said Hudson. “Aligning OHC and my career with Interstate Health is a meaningful way to make an even greater impact on our community and those who are medically underserved. The vision of Interstate Health is the fulfillment of what my team and I have wanted for the drivers we take care of for many years. We are excited to help make that vision a reality by bringing our organizations together.”

IH said Cookeville is strategically situated and frequented by commercial truck drivers, and the mission is to make health care accessible to the transportation industry, local communities and interstate travelers.

“The addition of Occupational Health Center represents a meaningful milestone in our efforts to improve the health and lives of 3.5 million commercial truck drivers nationwide,” said Jeff Seraphine, Chief Executive Officer of Interstate Health. “The location will serve thousands of drivers annually and are eager to watch that impact grow as we work to build a nationwide network of clinics over the next few years.”

They will offer primary and urgent care services for commercial drivers and the community, as well as specialized physicals required by the Department of Transportation for commercial truck drivers, drug screens, other pre-employment medical care and X-ray services. IH says it also aims to offer laboratory, pharmacy and sleep studies.

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