Distinguished Service: Offering Urgent Care to Veterans, 24/7

Distinguished Service: Offering Urgent Care to Veterans, 24/7

Not too many urgent care operators can boast that they offer top-notch medical care at any hour of any day, to any patient population. The urgent care center at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona, PA is set to join their ranks on August 1, though, offering those who have served this country nearly unprecedented access whenever they need it. In a report broadcast by WTAJ news, facility director Sigrid Andrew …

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Creating Protocols and Making Headlines Post Publication in JUCM

Creating Protocols and Making Headlines Post Publication in JUCM

You may recall reading an original research article on a new protocol for evaluating chest pain in urgent care in the April issue of JUCM. It made such a splash that the protocol and the authors, Lorilea Johnson, FNP-BC, DNP and Diane Smith, DNP, RN have been showing up in local media in the Cape Girardeau, MO area. WPSD Local 6 news and the Daily American Republic, for example, each reported on the innovative protocol …

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Urgent Care Is Stepping Up to Support Ukrainian Refugees

Urgent Care Is Stepping Up to Support Ukrainian Refugees

The war in Ukraine is imposing severe consequences beyond the obvious death and destruction in-country. While many Ukrainians have stayed put in order to take up arms against Russian advances, others—often with children in tow—are fleeing to Poland. While the Poles continue to welcome the refugees, the mounting numbers are likely to result in a healthcare crisis sooner than later. The U.S. urgent care community is distinguishing itself well by pitching in to assist, both …

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Tattoo Who? How One Urgent Care Center Is Helping Community Members Get a Fresh Start

Tattoo Who? How One Urgent Care Center Is Helping Community Members Get a Fresh Start

The term youthful indiscretion is sometimes used to give a pass on poor choices many of us make as we grow into responsible adults. Some of those choices are easier to move on from than others, however. Take tattoos, for example. Whether it’s the name of that first “forever” love that the new girlfriend doesn’t like looking at or something more consequential—like gang- or drug-related symbols and images—decisions that seemed sound at the time can …

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Who Are the Shining Stars of the Urgent Care Galaxy?

Who Are the Shining Stars of the Urgent Care Galaxy?

True urgent care innovators—including a long-time JUCM contributor and supporter—and humanitarians are being honored with Urgent Care Foundation Awards in 2020. Perhaps most familiar to JUCM readers will be David Stern, MD, who is set to receive the Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his long history of having a positive impact on the industry. Dr. Stern created an urgent care-specific electronic medical records and practice management software company, Practice Velocity, which recently merged with DocuTAP …

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Washington Post Says This Urgent Care Company is a ‘Top Workplace’ in the Mid-Atlantic

Washington Post Says This Urgent Care Company is a ‘Top Workplace’ in the Mid-Atlantic

In a crowded employment market—let alone in the healthcare industry—Patient First has been cited by the Washington Post as one of the top places to work in the entire mid-Atlantic region, based on the Post’s sixth annual Top Workplaces survey. The company says a big part of the reason is employee retention, with many staff members having been on board for over 20  years. Having a workplace where talented staff are fired up to commit …

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When Urgent Care Pitches in During a Disaster, Everybody Wins

When Urgent Care Pitches in During a Disaster, Everybody Wins

Parts of the South and Midwest are fighting to recover from severe storms that brought tornadoes, flooding, death, and destruction recently. And for every displaced family there is a team of first responders working tirelessly to help their communities pick up the pieces. Unfortunately, they can continue to be high risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that flood waters can carry human, animal, medical, industrial, and household waste. Exposure can cause wound …

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UCA Honors an Urgent Care Veteran—and Longtime JUCM Contributor

UCA Honors an Urgent Care Veteran—and Longtime JUCM Contributor

The Urgent Care Association bestowed its Lifetime Membership Award on a true leader in the urgent care industry during its national convention in Palm Beach, FL this week—and it’s someone whose name will be familiar to JUCM readers. Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc has been a part of urgent care’s growth for many years, from serving as a consultant to urgent care clients and  holding multiple executive-level positions with Concentra, to leading various hospital-affiliated urgent care …

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JUCM Is Again Recognized by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors

JUCM Is Again Recognized by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors

JUCM, The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine was honored in two categories in the 2019 awards competition by the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE)—the 16th and 17th times the journal has won a prize in the prestigious national competition. A Pregnant Mother Presenting to Urgent Care with Chickenpox, by Samrana Arefeen, MD and Khalid Aziz, MD garnered a Silver Award in the Best Case History Category. It was published in our December 2018 …

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Make a Charitable Donation, Get a Free Camp Physical

Make a Charitable Donation, Get a Free Camp Physical

When is a free physical not free, but still a bargain? When the true cost is a donation—in any amount the patient chooses—to a charity for children. That’s the deal New England Urgent Care is offering at its West Hartford, CT location for the next couple of weeks. They’ll conduct physicals for children who need one before they can go to summer camp, waiving their normal fee in exchange for a donation of any amount …

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