CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - A trio of urgent care doctors in Chicago are championing a lot of firsts. They are the only urgent care facility in Hyde Park, the only black-owned urgent care possibly in the city and the only urgent care with a former Chicago Bear on staff.
They are also donating a portion of their profit to preventing youth violence. The Premier Urgent Care is connected to a sports multiplex. Inside on Wednesday, to mark National Violence Prevention Week, students from Chicago are listening to motivational speakers, dancing to music and enjoying a free lunch.
"Basically they go and tell their other colleagues, other students, hey we're tired of this non-sense, we're tired of the bullying, the fighting that escalates into murder and all kids of other things and so it's working," said Dr. Michael McGee, the CEO of Premier Urgent Care and one of the program's founders.
"We have federal agents talk about the pitfalls of social media, what to do when you're stopped by a police officer, things that we know can enhance their life and prevent senseless things from happening," Dr. McGee said.
One of the doctor's partners is former Chicago Bear wide receiver Dr. Gregory Primus. After the NFL, Primus went to medical school and became the first African American who was trained in orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago. Dr. Primus was in surgery Wednesday, otherwise he'd be coaching the kids on violence prevention.
About 400 students attended the rally.
"It helps us, you know, look at the bigger picture and see that violence is really taking a toll on our community and we really need to come together as a unit and stop it," said Urban Prep Englewood junior Core'del Lott.
"We can use our voices to make a change and that we don't have to sit and keep letting it happen and just waiting around, we can actually do something and start something to make things better in Chicago," added Hillcrest High School junior Alexis Allen.
Dr. McGee said the doctors want to prevent senseless injuries and deaths before they have to treat them.
"There's several times when we break down and cry, when you have a kid who's 11 or 10 who's been shot and you can't do anything about it and you have to tell their parents and look them in their eye, 'hey I'm sorry, your child is dead.' I've had parents grab me and tell me to bring them back," he said.