When Barbara Fadeley moved to Sherwood Forest two years ago, the closest doctor for quick medical care was in an emergency room in Annapolis or Glen Burnie, she recalled.
Now, she only has to drive a few miles to Odenton, where the first emergency care doctor's office in the area has opened in the center of a residential neighborhood, offering care every day of the year.
"We need a place like this where I live," Ms. Fadeley said.
"From what I understand, this community needs a place like this," said Dr. Heung Cheung, medical director of the Odenton Community Medical Center. "That's why we are here."
The center opened for business Thursday and held an open house Saturday afternoon, even though construction workers still were putting the finishing touches on the 3,000-square-foot office in a small strip mall at Academy Junction near state Route 175 and Piney Orchard Parkway.
The center is the first of three medical facilities coming to Odenton, which has lacked such services for years.
In August, North Arundel Hospital announced 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 Odenton Community Medical Center will offer a variety of RTC medical services, including the treatment of cuts and scrapes, minor burns, sprains and fractures, pneumonia, abdominal pain and eye injuries.
The doctors are part of the Chesapeake Emergency Medical Association, which provides emergency room staff for the trauma center at the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.
The staff from the hospital will rotate through the Odenton center.
Medical center staffers hope to take advantage of the booming West County area.
Down the street, developers are building 4,000 homes in Piney Orchard, and another 3,000-home development is going up less than two miles away.