Healthcare corporations continue to deepen their urgent care portfolios through acquisition—and they’re seeing dividends while also planning to continue buying up properties. HCA Holdings welcomed more than a million patients into its ever-expanding urgent care units within the last year—an increase of 500%, according to the company. Having made a number of acquisitions in the urgent care marketplace, as we’ve told you, HCA now has 66 centers in the U.S. The hospital giant has reported that it will continue shopping for established urgent care properties, but also increase its efforts in developing more of its own facilities, as it has already done in the Kansas City and Nashville areas. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth’s Optum business group has made it clear that it will continue expanding its urgent care presence through both acquisition and development. Optum operates more than 160 urgent care centers.
Urgent Care Buyers Club Vows to Stay the Course