Remember the Less Advantaged as Thanksgiving Approaches—and Your Patients Are Likely to Remember Your Kindness

Remember the Less Advantaged as Thanksgiving Approaches—and Your Patients Are Likely to Remember Your Kindness

With the news dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic since last spring, it’s easy for the public to forget that “everyday” problems like food insecurity persist (and, in fact, could be worse at this time due to the downturn in the economy). IMA Urgent Care Centers and Primary Care Offices in New Jersey hasn’t forgotten, though, and are working with a local nonprofit organization to host a Thanksgiving food drive, just as they’ve done in years …

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From Brick-and-Mortar to Highways and Byways: Taking COVID-19 Testing on the Road

From Brick-and-Mortar to Highways and Byways: Taking COVID-19 Testing on the Road

PowerPoint Presentation As the incidence of COVID-19 continues to creep up around the country, it wouldn’t be surprising if we see fear of visiting healthcare facilities return among the public. Given that testing for the virus is essential to minimizing its spread, that could spell trouble on the same level as we experienced last spring. Some urgent care centers have taken to establishing temporary testing sites in retail parking lots. Some, like American Family Care …

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Drug Mishaps and Addiction Don’t Stop for the Pandemic; Neither Should Your Community Support Projects

Drug Mishaps and Addiction Don’t Stop for the Pandemic; Neither Should Your Community Support Projects

The headlines, as well as the public’s and healthcare professionals’ attention, have been fixated on the COVID-19 pandemic for more than 6 months now. As urgent care provides know, however, that doesn’t stop people from needing care for “typical” complaints. It also doesn’t keep people from the dangers of medications in the home, whether that manifests as temptation to misuse opioids or taking outdated drugs that could either harm them or just not do what …

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Support Public Health and the Public May Trust You with Their Health

Support Public Health and the Public May Trust You with Their Health

In spite of many inconsistencies on how COVID-19 is spread, who’s most at risk, and when a vaccine will be (and should be) available, there has been nearly universal agreement among public health experts that wearing a face covering helps reduce risk of contracting the virus. While the issue is much more heatedly debated among the public, the plain fact is that there are many businesses you simply can’t enter unless you’re wearing a mask. …

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If the Patients Can’t Come to Urgent Care, This Operator Brings Urgent Care to the Patients

If the Patients Can’t Come to Urgent Care, This Operator Brings Urgent Care to the Patients

Too many urgent care centers have suffered financial and personnel losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. From being overlooked as viable participants in widespread testing efforts to patients who were too afraid to leave their homes even for medical care, the industry has taken a major hit. Some businesses may even go under. Others, however, are finding a way to adapt by offering telemedicine services or channeling patients to different locations for different needs. Merion Health …

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Northwell Health-GoHealth Offers Priority Urgent Care to First Responders

Northwell Health-GoHealth Offers Priority Urgent Care to First Responders

Every night at 7 pm in some cities, residents come out on their front stoops or hang out their windows to cheer, clap, and bang pots and pans together in a show of appreciation for frontline healthcare workers and first responders. Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care may be going them one better by giving those workers priority access to care at 52 urgent care centers in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, NY during …

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Enlisting Telehealth May Help Patients Concerned About COVID-19 While Protecting the Public—and Your Team

Enlisting Telehealth May Help Patients Concerned About COVID-19 While Protecting the Public—and Your Team

With public fears over COVID-19 at a high pitch, emergency rooms and urgent care centers are being taxed to keep up with demand for immediate attention and care. They’re also learning on the fly how to mitigate risk for infecting other patients, and the staff themselves. Most patients have nothing to worry about, but those who might actually be infected run the risk of infecting others if the right procedures aren’t followed once those patients …

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Partnerships Between Pediatric Urgent Care Operators and Children’s Hospitals Could Be a Game-Changer

Partnerships Between Pediatric Urgent Care Operators and Children’s Hospitals Could Be a Game-Changer

There are 220 children’s hospitals in the United States; many have their own pediatric urgent care facilities. At the same time, as we’ve reported, non hospital-affiliated urgent care operators are popping up everywhere. There’s been little or no overlap, outside of referrals as needed—until PM Pediatrics struck a partnership with WakeMed Children’s to provide urgent care services to younger patients in the Raleigh, NC area. It’s an interesting blend of cultures. Children’s hospital-affiliated urgent care …

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Next Up on the Evening News—Why Not You?

Next Up on the Evening News—Why Not You?

What do you think it would cost to get 6 minutes of exposure on television, demonstrating your clinical expertise by talking about a wide range of high-interest health topics? It’s actually a moot question, because a) you probably couldn’t afford it and b) if you’re the chief medical officer of Peachtree Immediate Care in Atlanta, you just got it for free. James Yost, MD sat down with one of the hosts of 11 Alive’s atl&co …

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‘Tis the Season of Giving—and of Getting to Know New Prospective Patients

‘Tis the Season of Giving—and of Getting to Know New Prospective Patients

The holiday season brings out not only the average person’s generous side, but also more social activity, celebratory dinners, and travel to areas where they probably don’t have access to their usual healthcare facilities. So, getting your name out there at this time of year can reap untold benefits. One good way is to join with your community to help the less fortunate among us. Integrated Medical Alliance (IMA) Urgent Care and Primary Care in …

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