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An urgent care center may, in effect, be throwing a lifeline to residents in the Ward 8 section of Washington, DC. According to an article published by The Washington Post, people in the area have been living with poor access to healthcare and, consequently, poor health outcomes for too long. So, it was big news when Universal Health Services partnered with George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and GW Medical Faculty Associates to create Cedar Hill Urgent Care to provide locals with access to care from 8 am to 8 pm every day of the week. Previously, according to the article, those in need had to travel to other parts of the city or go to the emergency room. Now, as Mayor Muriel Bowser was quoted as saying, “this is the place to go if you’re not feeling well.” It’s expected that Cedar Hill will serve 9,000 residents annually.

An Urgent Care Center May Be the Answer to One Community’s Healthcare Deficit