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The makeup of the urgent care industry has changed considerably since its inception in the 1970s. At the time, it was a radical idea to see patients with nonemergent complaints on a walk-in basis. Certainly hospitals wanted no part of it; that’s what they had emergency rooms for. Rather, the UC industry’s founders tended to be in private or small group practices, but unsatisfied with how they were practicing.

Over the decades that followed, it became clear that offering patients the chance to see a top-notch healthcare provider whenever the need arose was not just convenient for them—it could also be quite profitable for the operator. Now health and hospital systems took note, and then some.

Today’s ownership structures reflect that delayed acceptance. There are still some urgent care businesses owned by entrepreneurial healthcare providers, but many are now part of systems operated by or affiliated with hospital and healthcare systems.

Last  month, we shared with you a list of the largest “private” urgent care operators in the country, by number of locations. In this issue, we bring you an accounting of the largest urgent care operators affiliated with hospitals and health systems, according to April 2023 data from National UC Realty.

Entity NameNumber of ClinicsHealth System AffiliationUnaffiliatedUrgent Care Branding or Hospital Affiliations
Hospital Corporation of America2702700CareNow, MD Now
GoHealth Urgent Care2282280Mercy, Dignity, Hartford HealthCare, ChristianaCare, Northwell, Henry Ford, Legacy, Novant, INOVA and Memorial Hermann
Advocate Aurora Health1191190 
WellStreet Urgent Care96960Corewell Health, Piedmont Healthcare, University Hospitals of Cleveland
Providence Health & Services83830 
Premier Health77698Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, Trinity Health, LCMC, St. Joseph’s/Candler, University of Kansas, Hendrick Health, UT Health East Texas
Sanford Health63630 
Ascension Health63630Excludes WellNow and Urgent Team locations
FastMed16961108HonorHealth, Tenet Healthcare, Baptist Health (Jacksonville)
AdventHealth58580Centra Care
CRH Healthcare835726Emory Healthcare Network, Memorial Health
Sutter Health54540 
Banner Health52520 
WellNow Urgent Care21748169Ascension, OSF, KSB, St. Peter’s, Health Network
Bon Secours Mercy Health47470Includes 17 American Family Care franchise locations operated by Bon Secours Mercy Health
Cleveland Clinic46460 
Intermountain Healthcare46460 
Urgent Team874443Ascension, Baptist Health, Huntsville Hospital, Washington Regional
MultiCare Health System43430Indigo Urgent Care
UnityPoint Health42420 
OSF HealthCare41410Excludes WellNow locations
UNC Health Care41410 
NorthShore Edward-Elmhurst Health38380 
Community Health Systems37370 
Ochsner Rush Health37370 
Doctors Care533320Medical University of South Carolina
MedStar Health33330 
SSM Health33330 
Geisinger Health30300 
Tower Health30300 
Adventist Health29290Centra Care Urgent Care
Lifebridge Health System28280ExpressCare Urgent Care
Baylor Scott & White27270 
Corewell Health27270Primarily Spectrum Health Urgent Care. Excludes 28 Beaumont Urgent Care by WellStreet locations
Baptist Health South Florida25250 
Northwestern Medicine25250 
Texas Health Resources25250Breeze Urgent Care
PhysicianOne Urgent Care25241YaleNewHavenHealth, Tufts Medicine
St. Luke’s University Health Network24240St. Luke’s Care Now
Essentia Health23230 
Mass General Brigham23230 
Allina Health22220 
Baptist Health Kentucky22220 
HealthPartners Park Nicollet21210 
University of California Health System21210 
Avera Health20200 
CHI Health20200 
Lehigh Valley Health Network20200 
Norton Healthcare20200 
Vanderbilt Health19190 
WellSpan Health19190 
Prevea Health18180 
University of Rochester Medicine18180 
WellStar Health System18180 
WVU Health18180 
Velocity Urgent Care17170Sentara Healthcare
Centura Health17170 
Dignity Health17170Excluding co-branded GoHealth centers
Memorial Health System (MS)17170 
Mayo Clinic Health System17170 
Universal Health Services17170 
University Hospitals (Cleveland, OH)16160Excluding WellStreet managed locations
St. Lukes Hospital (St. Louis, MO)16160 
LifePoint Health19163Local hospital branding
Atlantic Health System16160 
Franciscan Health16160 
Tampa General Hospital16160TGH Urgent Care Powered by Fast Track
CHRISTUS Health15150 
Cottage Health15150 
Fairview Health Services15150M Health Fairview Urgent Care
Hackensack Meridian Health15150 
Hoag Medical Group15150 
St. Dominic’s15150MEA Same Day Care
Aspirus Health Care14140 
Baptist Memorial Health14140 
Hospital Sisters Health System14140 
MidCoast Health System14140MidCoast WellCare
Parkview Health14140 
PeaceHealth14140Excluding ZoomCare centers
Scripps Health14140 
Virginia Mason Franciscan14140 
Emergence Health Holdings381325St. Joseph’s, Exeter Hospital, Lahey Health, UMASS Memorial Health
Ballad Health13130 
Erlanger Health System13130 
Mercy Health Systems13130Excluding co-branded GoHealth centers
Novant Health13130Excluding co-branded GoHealth centers
AtlantiCare Urgent Care12120 
BJC HealthCare12120 
Froedtert Medical Center12120 
Henry Ford Health System12120Excluding co-branded GoHealth centers
Indiana University Health12120 
Marshfield Clinic12120 
Rochester Regional Health12120 
University of Maryland Medical System12120 
Urgent Care’s Top Hospital-Affiliated Urgent Care Operators—by Number of Locations