LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Joshua Banks and Raymond Ross have walked the halls of Tidewater Community College‘s medical building in Virginia Beach, Virginia, many times before as students. But now, they’re back as business owners.
“For us to go from X-ray students to now employing X-ray techs is something that’s massive,” Banks tells CBS affiliate WTKR.READ MORE: Orange County Sees Rise in COVID-19 Hospitalizations
The pair recently launched Ross Diagnostic Imaging, “the first black owned mobile X-ray company in Virginia,” Banks wrote on the company’s Facebook page, “and that makes me more proud than I can put into words.”
Banks says COVID-19 has backed up X-ray imaging at certain facilities in the Hampton Roads area, causing longer wait times for patients.
“There’s some people that can’t get the care that they need right away. Whether it’s in assisted living, jails, detention centers and so on and so forth, so we want to be able to provide that,” he explains.
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Banks and Ross are hoping that adding another X-ray company in town will help ease the burden.
“We want to make sure that it doesn’t take days for these exams to get done — that they get the care they need right by away,” Banks says.
Banks and Ross say they’re aware of the mistrust that many have of the medical community.
“We want to help build that trust back up through our company and show them, hey we’re actually here for you, we want to provide a service that you can trust and you’ll see the benefit of,” Banks adds.
Ross Diagnostic accepts insurance and also follows COVID-19 safety protocols when making home visits.
“It’s not just about us it’s about helping the community,” Ross tells WTKR.
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“You don’t have to have somebody tell you that you can’t do this because you’re this your or that; no, anything that you put your mind to, you can make it happen,” Ross says.