“I started this company two years ago with a vision to provide this technology to my local community and surrounding areas,” owner Daryl Champion said. “We have the capability to bring our X-ray equipment to a client’s bedside or the football field to immediately care for an injured player. I liked the idea of being able to serve my clients in almost any setting and potentially spare them a costly emergency room visit.”
Champion revealed that he was one of the first minorities in Tennessee to start his own diagnostics company.
Radiology suffers from a lack of African-Americans, although many of them work in other parts of the medical field. Because of this, Champion encourages young people to learn more about the job.
“It’s something you can do where you won’t have to be in a medical clinic or hospital. You can be your own boss and do it at a young age.”
Champion moved to Tennessee from Tuskegee, Ala., in 2003 and currently lives in Lebanon. He works in Wilson and surrounding counties, rushing out to clients with his mobile X-ray as TMD’s primary X-ray technician.
“It’s a tough task to do. But giving back to health care is one of the most precious things you can do,” he said, adding he has several contract personnel to assist him.
With Champion arriving at the scene, his clients don’t have to worry about fighting traffic or sitting in the waiting room for hours. Though Champion doesn’t treat patients, he will refer them to physicians.
And the company handles all types of insurance, including military.
“We offer very affordable self-pay rates,” he said. “Our X-rays are read by board certified radiologists with written reports within hours of the X-ray being taken. We made every effort to get credentialed with a multitude of insurances to ensure all clients could be served.”
Champion explained that his wife also works in the medical field, and they wanted to do something extra for the Middle Tennessee community, where they feel right at home.
“Our kids go to school here and are involved in all kinds of sports and activities.”
In fact, a friend of his daughter inspired Champion to expand his offerings.
Last summer, a popular Lebanon High School athlete Jaelin Davis shocked the Middle Tennessee community when he died in his sleep because of an unknown heart condition.
“It really hit close to home and made me want to do something to address a growing issue. Jaelin was a friend of our daughter’s, and his death affected her tremendously, as it shook most of the community,” Champion said. “If we made EKG’s a part of our children’s annual physicals after a certain age, how many lives could we potentially save? I hope to be a part of a movement to make that a reality.”
Champion says that it feels good to reassure people (especially children) when they are injured.
“Being able to shoot the X-ray right away gets the child that much closer to diagnosis and treatment,” he said.
Champion explained the quality of his work sets him apart from similar services.
“I can cater to the individuals,” he said. Champion is not limited to only performing X-rays; he has a background in occupational therapy and other services.
In the near future, Champion says that TMD will offer general health screenings that include blood pressure, vision, and glucose screening, strength and range of motion assessments, and EKGs and X-rays as ordered by physician.
To contact Tennessee Mobile Diagnostics, call 615-554-7401 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.