Our Caring Physicians 

Larry Hobbs, MD  Walter Simmons, DO  Thomas Johnson, MD  Dwight Phelps, MD

Our Physician Partners:  Passionate About Your Health. Here's Why...

The Urgent Care Center of Southwest Florida was founded by four dedicated, Board Certified Emergency Medicine physicians, who have worked together in area emergency departments in Southwest Florida for many years. All of their experience pointed to a need in the community for a place where patients could obtain high quality treatment for minor, yet urgent accidents and illnesses -- more quickly, more inexpensively, and in a less hectic environment than in a typical ER.  The four doctors opened the Urgent Care Center of SWFL in Estero in 2006 and Urgent Care Center of Southwest Florida  in Cape Coral in 2007.  All of the partners still work regularly in area emergency departments, all of the staff have extensive experience... and all have a "passion" for excellence. 

Our Caring Professional Staff

Physician Assistants, Nurses, Technicians, and Office Staff

A "passion for excellence" is a pre-requisite for becoming part of the care delivery team at the Urgent Care Center of Southwest Florida .  All of our staff have extensive experience, know how to identify and respond to patients and families in distress. It's all about a team effort, working together to meet the needs of our patients.


Urgent Care Center of SWFL - Rita SmithRita Smith, BSN, RN, Practice Manager, Urgent Care Center of Southwest Florida

How did you become "passionate" about helping others through nursing?

My mother tells me I always wanted to be a nurse - since age 4.  There are no nurses in our family and I never was in a hospital until I started nursing school at Indiana State University. In those days, children were not allowed in hospitals and as far as I can remember, our family doctor didn't have a nurse in the office. 

I graduated from the Indiana State University School of Nursing in the school's first class to start as freshmen and I have worked in nursing for 40 years..   

My experience in hospitals has been in different departments -- on a medical-surgical floor, in orthopedics, and in a cardiac unit --- but primarily I've worked  in the Emergency Department.  I have enjoyed every area and each has its unique challenges and rewards.  I do like always learning new things and the Emergency Department was an area where I was exposed to lots of different things.  In the ER, every day is different and you see all different age groups, different levels of acuity, and things are constantly changing.... One definitely has to be able to multitask and prioritize.