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Local family practice provider joins FastMed Urgent Care, supporting urgent and primary care of patients of all ages

Brings Emergency Room Experience to Families in Western NC

Asheville, NC, Aug. 30, 2016 – FastMed Urgent Care, the fastest-growing urgent care organization in the U.S., welcomes Kelly M. Byrne, Family Nurse Practitioner (“FNP”), to its clinical team in Candler, North Carolina.  With more than eight years of experience in family medicine and emergency room care, Kelly will provide primary care as well as urgent care to patients in Western North Carolina at the FastMed Urgent Care in Candler located at 511 Smokey Park Highway.

“Our mission is to positively impact the lives of our patients and their families, and we are excited to add Kelly Byrne, an experienced and compassionate healthcare provider to our Western Northse Carolina team,” said Kyle A. Bohannon, President & CEO of FastMed.  “In Candler and the surrounding areas, we recognized the need for not only high quality urgent care but also primary care, and ensuring that we continue to provide robust family practice services to the community is a priority.”

Kelly has worked in the Asheville area since 2012 providing urgent care to patients of all ages.  In addition, she has helped increase the number of quality healthcare providers in the area, serving as a mentor for approximately a dozen local nurse practitioner students in the past three years.

Before moving to Asheville, Kelly was an emergency department nurse at Durham Regional Hospital and prior to that at Brunswick Community Hospital.  She completed the Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner program at University of North Carolina (“UNC”), Chapel Hill and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at UNC, Wilmington, where she also served as a teaching assistant.

“My goal is to provide the highest quality care to my patients, and I am excited to join an organization that shares that passion,” said Kelly.  “FastMed is the largest independent urgent care provider to achieve Joint Commission Accreditation, which is the gold standard for patient care, and that is the care I want to deliver to people of all ages in my community.”

With more than 100 clinics in North Carolina, Arizona and Texas, 57 FastMed Urgent Care clinics are located in North Carolina.  In 2015, the company was ranked by Inc. 5000 as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies for the third year in a row, growing by more than 1,000% between 2011 and 2015.  FastMed is owned by ABRY Partners, one of the most successful and renowned private equity firms in the United States.

To schedule a family medicine appointment with Kelly Byrne, FNP, call FastMed Urgent Care in Candler at (828) 365-1088.  Visit for more information, hours of operation or to find a location near you.

About ABRY Partners

Founded in 1989, ABRY Partners is one of the most experienced and successful media, communications, business and information services-focused private equity investment firms in North America.  Since its founding, ABRY has completed more than $42 billion of transactions, representing investments in more than 450 properties.  The firm is currently managing more than $4.3 billion of total capital and investing out of a $1.9 billion private equity fund, $950 million senior equity fund and a $1.5 billion senior debt fund.

About FastMed

FastMed Urgent Care owns and operates nearly 200 centers in North Carolina, Arizona and Texas that provide a broad range of acute/episodic and preventive healthcare services 365 days a year. FastMed also provides workers’ compensation and other occupational health services at all its centers, and family and sports medicine services at select locations. FastMed has successfully treated more than six million patients and is the only independent urgent care operator in North Carolina, Arizona and Texas to be awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for quality, safety and infection control in ambulatory healthcare. For more information about locations, services, hours of operation, insurance and prices, visit

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