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Duncan speaks at Watt Road Medical Depot


U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) was featured speaker as a Knox County-based on-site health depot for professional drivers, Professional Drivers Medical Depots, celebrated the grand-opening of its first medical site at Petro Stopping Center, 722 Watt Road in Farragut, Monday morning, Jan. 15. Dr. John McElligott, right, medical director/CEO of PDMD joined Bill Buzbee, left, PDMD chief operating officer, among national trucking industry and medical profession dignitaries, and local politicians on hand. Buzbee said the Farragut PDMD depot is the first of 60 to 80 planned nationwide by 2010. With more than 10,000 truckers and other professional drivers said to pass the Watt Road truckstops in a 24-hour period, “The health of our nation’s professional drivers is not only imperative to keep our economy running, it’s essential to have services and networks like this for homeland security purposes …,” said Duncan, a member of the U.S. Congressional Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, prior to his address. Buzbee said PDMD is associated with Parkwest Medical Center, where seriously ill or injured professional drivers will be transported if necessary. A ribbon-cutting was held following Duncan’s address. (See first report in the Nov. 16 issue of farragutpress.)



 

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