Now that the U.S. has been battered by two hurricanes in quick succession from Texas to the Southeast, the urgent care community seems to have doubled its efforts to provide relief to those affected. In addition to efforts aimed at helping victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, East Coast urgent care operators are doing what they can for those caught in the path of Hurricane Irma. Florida Hospital announced it’s offering free video visits “until the storm subsides” through its eCare Urgent Care service to help those who need care but can’t travel. Nemours Children’s Health System has taken a similar action, waving its usual video service fee for families in Florida for a limited time. A little further north, South Georgia Medical Center implemented its Emergency Operations Plan, which includes keeping one of its centrally located urgent care centers open 24 hours for as long as needed. Urgent care staffers are pitching in outside of their normal duties in the clinic, too; Lansing Urgent Care in Michigan revealed that physician assistant Anthony Sands, also a first lieutenant in the National Guard (on the right in the photo), has been activated to aid in relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Bear in mind that more trouble may be ahead, too, as Hurricane Jose is lurking in the Atlantic and may make landfall, again in the southeastern part of the country, in the coming days. Keep an eye on its path through your local news outlets and the National Weather Service.
Follow-Up: Urgent Care Continues to Support Hurricane Efforts Across the Country