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Dedicated to Immediate and Quality Care

As a locally owned and operated urgent care center, Urgent Care Down East is dedicated to serving those in Washington, NC, and surrounding areas with professional and compassionate care. We are the only walk-in clinic in the area, and our team is trained to handle everything.

From simple acute care needs to on-site x-rays, lacerations, blood work, and more, we can treat you with personalized and comprehensive care the same day you arrive.

Urgent Care Services in Washington, NC

How We Began

Rachel Gardner founded Urgent Care Down East in 2014 when she noticed a lack of immediate healthcare or available walk-in clinics. The closest urgent care facility to the rural area of Washington, NC, was over 45 minutes away. Rachel noticed that the nearest emergency room was being flooded with simple acute care needs, which told her that the area badly needed an immediate care facility.

Rachel has over 25 years of experience in the medical care field and has traveled all over the state of North Carolina. She decided to open the company to fill the lack of urgent care in the area to provide accessible and efficient immediate care for individuals.

Today, Rachel continues to provide same-day comprehensive and personalized care for those who walk in without an appointment.

Meet Our Providers

Our providers at Urgent Care Down East are highly-skilled to treat your illness or injury. They are tremendously caring people who will help you with any medical needs. We have five providers that will treat you when you come in with any illness or injury.

Josephine McDuffie, MMS, PA-C in Washington, NC | Urgent Care Down East

Josephine McDuffie, MMS, PA-C

Josephine “Josie” McDuffie attended East Carolina University and received her undergraduate degree in Health Education & Promotion before completing her Masters at ECU in Physician Assistant Studies. Josie has loved working with the local community and has been a fixture at Urgent Care Down East since 2015.
William “Luke” Hickman, MMS, PA-C in Washington, NC | Urgent Care Down East

William “Luke” Hickman, MMS, PA-C

William “Luke” Hickman has been with Urgent Care Down East since it opened in 2014. He attended UNC Chapel Hill to obtain his Biology degree and then transitioned to Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC to get his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. Luke enjoys working with all types of injuries and illnesses to provide personalized care to his patients.
Kristin Peterson, PA-C in Washington, NC | Urgent Care Down East

Kristin Peterson, PA-C

Kristin Peterson completed her undergraduate degree at Tufts University in Massachusetts where she majored in Occupational Therapy. She later attended Duke University to get her Masters of Health Science. She has been working in the medical field for many years, often venturing to other countries to work and teach. Kristin enjoys working to keep her community healthy by assessing and listening to her patients’ needs. She joined the UCDE family in 2020.
Stephanie McClain, FNP-C in Washington, NC | Urgent Care Down East

Stephanie McClain, FNP-C

Stephanie McClain joined Urgent Care Down East in 2017. She studied Biochemistry at East Carolina University for her undergraduate degree before getting her Masters in Nursing at the same school. She enjoys working with patients of all ages to provide them with high-quality care.
Stephanie McClain, FNP-C in Washington, NC | Urgent Care Down East

Samantha Davis, FNP-C

Samantha Davis, FNP-C, has been with Urgent Care Down East since 2020. She attended the
University of Cincinnati to obtain her Family Nurse Practitioner certification. She is a great
sounding board for her patients and takes time to understand her patient’s concerns and needs.

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Urgent Care Down East
853 Washington Square Mall
Washington, NC 27889

Phone: 252-623-2000
Fax: 877-559-4667


Monday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
*We take our last walk in 30 minutes before closing.*

*We may stop taking patients earlier due to unforeseen circumstances due to staff shortages/weather/etc.* 

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