New urgent care serving patients in Piazza Carmel

Dr. Len Jurkowski, medical director of MD Today Urgent Care with medical assistant and x-ray technician Tina Juaire and Bianca Blazer, patient coordinator.
(Karen Billing)

Dr. Len Jurkowski loves to see a waiting room full of patients in his newly opened MD Today Urgent Care in Piazza Carmel. What he doesn’t like is making those people wait—with his clinic he is hoping to provide the community with convenient, quality medical care for most non-threatening medical conditions “without trekking to the emergency room and signing a lease.”

The clinic has been open in Piazza Carmel on Valley Centre Drive since January, with a fully staffed with a rotation of experienced physicians ready to treat injuries and illness, coughs and colds, minor fractures, sutures and lacerations. They also offer sports physicals, worker’s compensation, and pre-employment physicals.

“Last month there were only two days where patients seen weren’t in the double digits,” marketing director Kevin Schwerdtfeger said.

“To be growing, we don’t take that for granted at all,” Jurkowski said.

MD Urgent Care is affiliated with XiMed, a group of independent physicians all over San Diego County, which allows them to have easy access to doctors and services.

If a patient comes in with an urgent need for specialty care, they can facilitate an easy transfer and get the patient seen right away, avoiding that long trip to the emergency room.

“Our goal is to make it as easy and affordable as possible,” said Jurkowski, medical director.

Jurkowski is a family physician that practiced medicine in Canada for nearly 18 years before moving to San Diego. In San Diego he worked in private practices before opening his own general practice at Scripps Memorial in 1999. Five years ago, he and his wife Anne, a registered nurse, started exploring the opportunity of opening up their own urgent care. They opened the first MD Today Urgent Care in Scripps Ranch three and a half years ago, filling a big need in a community that didn’t have easy access to medical care.

“We were so lucky to find two vacant store fronts, answering that need ” said Jurkowski of their Scripps Poway Parkway location. “It’s similar to Carmel Valley as there’s nothing here really. We’re lucky to plunk down right in the middle of an established community.”

MD Today is an in-network provider for most major PPO insurance payers including Aetna, Blue Shield, Anthem Blue Cross, United Healthcare, Medicare and more. The clinic does serve patients who do not have insurance at a self-pay rate that Jurkowski believes is a reasonably fair price.

MD Today also offers on-site x-rays and labs.

“X-rays are a great service because there’s nowhere to really get an x-ray anymore without having to get into the big system,” Jurkowski said. “To have the ability to walk in somewhere and have the assurance that everything is ok through an x-ray is really a convenience.”

With his two locations, Jurkowski enjoys partnering with the community by sponsoring sports teams, opening his clinic to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts earning badges and offering sports physicals for local youth leagues. They will go on site to provide team physicals, as they will on March 13 and March 20 at Westview High School.

“It’s just a good way to help out,” Jurkowski said.

MD Today is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the hope to expand weekend hours in the future.

No appointment is ever necessary.

For more information, call (858) 720-0554 or visit. The clinic is located at 3830 Valley Centre Dr., suite 702.