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Odenton, already targeted for two medical complexes, will soon get a third when the Chesapeake Emergency Medical Association opens a walk-in urgent care facility in the heart of the community.

Scheduled to open in September, it will be staffed by at least two doctors seven days a week who will treat unexpected medical problems that can be solved without making a trip to a hospital's emergency room.

The West County community has limited medical facilities. Residents have complained for years that a simple trip to a doctor meant driving to Annapolis, Bowie or Crofton.

But last month, North Arundel Hospital announced that it had bought a two-story, nearly vacant building for $1.1 million with plans to open an annex, a small laboratory and an X-ray facility.

The Johns Hopkins Health System also announced that it will open an annex this fall in Odenton for specialized health care, such as optometry and pediatrics.

The walk-in emergency room will be located at the Academy Junction Building, at Routes 175 and 170.

Doctors at the facility also will offer occupational medicine, targeting the business community.

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