GoHealth Urgent Care News

Broadway, Film Festival in Redwood City: Latest from the Economic Development Department

Source: Redwood City Patch

By Renee Schiavone

February 7, 2017

 

Plus, a store on Jefferson Avenue is going out of business and a local gym is moving.

REDWOOD CITY, CA – The City of Redwood City's Economic Developm...

Broadway, Film Festival in Redwood City: Latest from the Economic Development Department

Source: Redwood City Patch

By Renee Schiavone

February 7, 2017

 

Plus, a store on Jefferson Avenue is going out of business and a local gym is moving.

REDWOOD CITY, CA – The City of Redwood City's Economic Development Department is pleased to present the latest updates on businesses and programs that make our community a great place to live and work! 

This month the newsletter features some great new businesses opening in the downtown area. Be sure to check them out!Do you have information on new, updated or interesting restaurants, shops or fun activities that could be featured in the next newsletter? Contact Catherine Ralston, economic development manager at [email protected] or 650-780-7204.

Shop Downtown Redwood City: Red Wing Shoes

This Red Wing store offers high-quality work footwear, accessories and care products. All of their employees are Red Wing® Certified Fit and Product Specialists who will measure your feet to select the ideal purpose-built footwear for you and your work environment, while suggesting an optional custom footbed to optimize all-day comfort.

Visit their new store located at 820 Veterans Boulevard. Check out their website here.

Dining Out! Old Town Sushi

Located at 2432 Broadway, this is the second location for this popular restaurant that started in San Mateo. 

Old Town Sushi's menu is designed to be healthy without compromising flavor, making it a popular dining spot downtown. If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the gluten-free menu. Low-fat fare is also 
available for those keeping an eye on their diet. Take the kids along too! This sushi spot is great for families, offering food that even little ones will love.

Entertainment: Welcome Cinequest Film Festival, Feb. 28 - March 12 - Century Theatre

Cinequest, home to maverick films and filmmakers, is expanding to Redwood CIty!

Cinequest has led the world with its showcase and implementation of innovations that have revolutionized film making, exhibition and distribution. CQFF's highest honor, the Maverick Award, recognizes bold, visionary and creative forces in the worlds of Silicon Valley innovation and the film arts. 

Cinequest presents over 90 world and U.S. premieres with groundbreaking innovations by 700+ participating filmmakers from over 50 countries each year. This is the first year Cinequest has come to Redwood City, and will show 115 different films during the festival. For tickets and more information, visit their website here.

Around the Town: MV Code Club - 928 Woodside Road

Do you have a first to 10th grade student who loves video games, robotics, computers and more? Then MV Code Club might just be the thing you are looking for to foster that interest. In addition to teaching code, they also offer programs in math, reading and problem solving. Check out their newest location at 928 Woodside Road. To learn about becoming a member or about their summer camp programs, visit their website here.

Health and Wellness: Dignity Health Urgent Care

GoHealth Urgent Care just debuted their latest location at 830 Jefferson Avenue, near the Old Spaghetti Factory. Their staff aim to provide an effortless patient experience, a welcoming culture of care and seamless integration with market-leading health systems for the communities they serve. 

Check out their website here to learn about the services they offer and hours of operation.

In Other News...

DB Shoes Going Out of Business

DB Shoes, located at 870 Jefferson Ave, is closing its doors this spring. Stop in and check out their sales currently going on.

Powerhouse Gym Moving
After DB Shoes closes, Powerhouse Gym will move across the street into the space at 870 Jefferson Avenue. Watch this newsletter for more information about their new location.

Exactly How Gross Is It to Share a Loofah?

Source: Reader's Digest   By Cheryl S Grant   February 6, 2017     Within families, sharing water bottles, towels, toilet seats, and bar soap can seem like the norm. So it can't be that bad to share a loofah, right? You might be surprised.

Lo...

Exactly How Gross Is It to Share a Loofah?

Source: Reader's Digest
 
By Cheryl S Grant
 
February 6, 2017
 
 

Within families, sharing water bottles, towels, toilet seats, and bar soap can seem like the norm. So it can't be that bad to share a loofah, right? You might be surprised.

Loofahs, those spongy, handheld scrubbers, are known to help exfoliate our skin in the shower. Yours could be hanging in the shower right now, and unbeknownst to you, other family members may be using it to scrub up. No big deal, right? You’re family!

Sadly, it’s doesn’t matter how close you are, sharing a loofah is more unsanitary than you’d imagine. “A loofah can cause bacteria to spread,” says Debra Brooks, MD, from Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care. Not only can loofahs store bacteria—including pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that can cause disease in animals, according to the CDC—but every time you use it to slough off dead skin, you’re also more than likely rubbing yesterday’s dead skin back onto your body. Yuck!

The nature of a loofah makes it a virtual petri dish for germs. “It stays in the shower, a warm, wet environment which can be a breeding ground for bacteria like mold and mildew,” says Brooks. Even if you wash it, there’s still a good chance that germs are hiding in those little indentations and holes. Anyone who has or is a carrier for MRSA, a super bug responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections, could easily spread that through their loofah. And people who are diabetic or immunocompromised in any way could be at higher risk of developing a general infection, especially because a loofah causes microscopic abrasions as it removes dead skin, essentially opening doors for germs to enter, says Brooks.

If you’re keen on exfoliating your skin, consider using a body scrub, like Svelta Luxe Coffee & Raw Sugar Body Scrub or H20 Beauty Eucalyptus & Aloe Body Scrub. Or make a homemade exfoliant using ingredients already in your kitchen.

If you’re still stubbornly feeling the loofah love, try following these tips from Penn State University to keep it as sanitary as possible:

  • Make sure that your loofah is made from all natural substances rather than synthetic material
  • Don’t ever leave it in your shower, where it invites mold and takes longer to dry
  • Always store in a dry place, and make sure to dry it completely after every use to stop bacteria from proliferating
  • Periodically soak it in a 5 percent bleach solution to kill off bacteria and germs
  • Replace your loofah at least once every three to four weeks, or sooner if it starts to smell.

Dignity Health–GoHealth Wants to Share the Love—and Draw More Patients

Source: The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine

By JUCM

February 3, 2017

 

The American Heart Association says February is American Heart Month. Dignity Health‒GoHealth Urgent Care is leaning into that spotlight by lau...

Dignity Health–GoHealth Wants to Share the Love—and Draw More Patients

Source: The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine

By JUCM

February 3, 2017

 

The American Heart Association says February is American Heart Month. Dignity Health‒GoHealth Urgent Care is leaning into that spotlight by launching a monthlong initiative it’s calling Love Your Heart, during which patients are invited to visit one of the company’s urgent care centers for free blood pressure readings, BMI calculations, and waist circumference measurements. The company says the campaign is intended to increase awareness of cardiovascular issues and to encourage more people to “take charge of their heart health.” Unsaid, but obvious, is the fact that it’s also a great way to get cost-conscious patients (also known as potential customers) to visit an urgent care center they may never have frequented before, especially for preventive health screenings. The process takes around 30 minutes, with patients getting real-time results—as well as literature on cardiovascular health and a good sense of the services Dignity-GoHealth offers. Be vigilant for ways you can capitalize on public health initiatives down the road.

Dignity, GoHealth open first urgent care location on Peninsula

Source: San Francisco Business Times

By Antoinette Siu

February 1, 2017

 

Dignity Health and GoHealth are opening their eighth Bay Area post, part of an initial build to bring 12 urgent care centers to the Bay Area....

Dignity, GoHealth open first urgent care location on Peninsula

Source: San Francisco Business Times

By Antoinette Siu

February 1, 2017

 

Dignity Health and GoHealth are opening their eighth Bay Area post, part of an initial build to bring 12 urgent care centers to the Bay Area.

Does Bar Soap Really Hold Onto Germs?

Source: Readers Digest   By Cheryl S Grant   February 1, 2017     Washing your hands may get rid of germs but that doesn't mean that your soap is clean.

We’ve all been brought up to believe that in order to remove icky stu...

Does Bar Soap Really Hold Onto Germs?

Source: Readers Digest
 
By Cheryl S Grant
 
February 1, 2017
 
 

Washing your hands may get rid of germs but that doesn't mean that your soap is clean.

We’ve all been brought up to believe that in order to remove icky stuff from our hands and pretty much our entire bodies we should wash and clean ourselves with soap. But bar soap in essence just removes grime and germs from your skin—it doesn’t kill bacteria; it just moves it from one location to the next. So could that gross stuff that you thought that you were ridding yourself of might actually be hanging out on your favorite bar of soap? Try not to think about that the next time you lather up. “Bar soap can and likely does have germs living on it, says Debra Brooks, MD, at Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care. But don’t panic just yet because they are not likely to make you sick, she says.

In a study that was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Infectionit was found that even when participants used soap that had been contaminated, their risk of the bacteria transfering to them was unlikely. Dr. Brooks concurs. “If you are in good health, you should have no problem naturally defending against the germs on bars of soap,” says Brooks. “Plus it is easy to disinfect your soap because the top layer usually dissolves in water,” she says.

If you are still concerned and want to take extra precaution you should cover and store your soap in a dry place, as this will also help it to last longer. Also, rinse it off before and after using. Finally, if it still freaks you out and you are worried just stick to liquid soaps or shower gels instead.

New urgent care locations are slated to open up in Queens and Brooklyn this year

Source: QNS

By Suzanne Monteverdi

January 30, 2017

 

Two or three more urgent care locations are coming to areas of Queens and Brooklyn this year.

“Health care is, by nature, an evolving arena, and Northwe...

New urgent care locations are slated to open up in Queens and Brooklyn this year

Source: QNS

By Suzanne Monteverdi

January 30, 2017

 

Two or three more urgent care locations are coming to areas of Queens and Brooklyn this year.

“Health care is, by nature, an evolving arena, and Northwell is focused on continuing to stay ahead of that evolution,” said Adam Boll, vice president of Northwell Health Ventures Operations. “And staying ahead of the evolution of health care means paying attention to our patients and what they want and are demanding.”

The in-the-works expansion is a joint venture between GoHealth and Northwell Health. Together, the health care partners seek to open up an additional 12 Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care locations across the metro New York area in the new year. While Boll could not confirm exact locations at this time, two or three of these locations are slated for the Brooklyn and Queens area.

According to Boll, all urgent care locations are equipped to address “the minor cold through the complex flu,” as well as injuries and accidents, stitches, wound cleansing, strains, sprains, fractures, blood draws and labs, X-rays and more.

When considering places for a new location, population numbers and community need are at the forefront, Boll said.

“There’s a clinical need, without question, for urgent care,” Boll said. “We work to locate the centers where people live and work every day and make [our facilities] easy to access.”

In Queens, there are currently five urgent care locations — Astoria, Forest Hills, LeFrak City, Ridgewood, and most recently, Bayside — and 33 statewide. According to Boll, Ridgewood is one of their most active locations.

“The population density in that area is incredible,” Boll said. “Our location is convenient, and it’s positioned in a way that it’s not a burden to access.”

All of the Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care facilities provide walk-in care, with an option to preregister for a visit through the website.

“We try and set the standard being an experienced healthcare provider at a really high level,” Boll said. “And we see this business continuing to grow year over year.”

For more information about GoHealth Urgent Care locations, pricing or insurance, click here.

GoHealth, Hartford HealthCare Team Up to Expand Reach in Connecticut

Source: The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine

By JUCM

January 27, 2017

 

GoHealth Urgent Care is going to open 15 new urgent care centers cobranded with Hartford HealthCare over the next 18 months. Hartford says it will...

GoHealth, Hartford HealthCare Team Up to Expand Reach in Connecticut

Source: The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine

By JUCM

January 27, 2017

 

GoHealth Urgent Care is going to open 15 new urgent care centers cobranded with Hartford HealthCare over the next 18 months. Hartford says it will benefit by bringing in a greater number of patients, by virtue of having more access points. GoHealth will have the benefit of technology standards like “smart glass” procedure rooms, mobile x-ray equipment, and a broader, unified electronic health records system. The partnership will also increase GoHealth’s visibility in central and eastern Connecticut.

 

GoHealth Urgent Care, Hartford HealthCare partner to extend urgent care services throughout Connecticut

Source: Healthcare Finance

By Beth Jones Sanborn

January 26, 2017

 

GoHealth Urgent Care and Connecticut's Hartford HealthCare will join forces to extend GoHealth Urgent Care's urgent care center network to Central...

GoHealth Urgent Care, Hartford HealthCare partner to extend urgent care services throughout Connecticut

Source: Healthcare Finance

By Beth Jones Sanborn

January 26, 2017

 

GoHealth Urgent Care and Connecticut's Hartford HealthCare will join forces to extend GoHealth Urgent Care's urgent care center network to Central and Eastern Connecticut.

The two providers plan to open 15 centers beginning in spring 2017 during the first 18-month phase of their partnership. Each Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care center will treat patients seven days a week with extended evening hours, walk-in availability, and online check-in so that patients can save a place "in line."

"The partnership will provide patients greater access to innovative high-quality care, where and when they need it most," GoHealth said in a statement.

The centers will feature electrostatic "smart glass" procedure rooms, transparent charting on a wide screen in each exam room, mobile X-ray equipment and a unified electronic medical record that can be accessed by caregivers across the Hartford HealthCare network, GoHealth said.

GoHealth Urgent Care operates roughly 60 urgent care centers in the New York and Portland, OR, and San Francisco Bay areas. GoHealth Urgent Care's current partners include Northwell Health, Legacy Health, Dignity Health, one of the nation's largest health care systems, headquartered in San Francisco, and now Hartford HealthCare.

Hartford HealthCare includes a tertiary-care teaching hospital, an acute care community teaching hospital, an acute-care hospital and trauma center, two community hospitals, behavioral health services, a primary care physician practice group, as well as cancer centers, regional and senior home care and physical therapy rehabilitation.

 

 

 

GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare Partner to Deliver More Accessible, Patient-First Urgent Care to Connecticut

Source: Bloomberg

Jan 26, 2017

GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare announced a joint-venture that will extend GoHealth Urgent Care's proven model of convenient and consumer-focused urgent care centers to Central and Eastern Connecticut. Thi...

GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare Partner to Deliver More Accessible, Patient-First Urgent Care to Connecticut

Source: Bloomberg

Jan 26, 2017

GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare announced a joint-venture that will extend GoHealth Urgent Care's proven model of convenient and consumer-focused urgent care centers to Central and Eastern Connecticut. This partnership will provide patients greater access to innovative high-quality care, where and when they need it most. GoHealth Urgent Care and Hartford HealthCare plan to open up to 15 co-branded centers within an 18-month first phase of their relationship, beginning in spring 2017. The centers will feature electrostatic "smart glass" procedure rooms, transparent charting on a wide screen in each exam room, mobile x-ray equipment and a unified electronic medical record that can be accessed by caregivers across the Hartford HealthCare network. The joint-venture will pair GoHealth Urgent Care's patient satisfaction ratings, technological advancements and award-winning center and website designs with Hartford HealthCare's high-quality, fully integrated acute and ambulatory health services.

Hartford HealthCare, GoHealth to open CT urgent care centers

Source: Hartford Business Journal

By Patricia Daddona

January 26, 2017

 

Hartford HealthCare and GoHealth Urgent Care are joining forces to open urgent care centers in central and eastern Connecticut, the two announce...

Hartford HealthCare, GoHealth to open CT urgent care centers

Source: Hartford Business Journal

By Patricia Daddona

January 26, 2017

 

Hartford HealthCare and GoHealth Urgent Care are joining forces to open urgent care centers in central and eastern Connecticut, the two announced Thursday.

The two companies plan to open up to 15 co-branded centers within the first 18 months that they do business together, beginning this spring.

Each Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care center will operate seven days a week with extended evening hours, and will welcome walk-in patients and allow online check-in.

The centers' exam rooms will provide charting on a wide screen, mobile x-ray equipment and electronic medical records that can be accessed by caregivers across the Hartford HealthCare network, the companies said.

One of the largest urgent care companies in the U.S., GoHealth operates nearly 60 urgent care centers in New York and Portland, Ore., metropolitan areas, as well as in the San Francisco Bay area.

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