GoHealth Urgent Care News

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.

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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.

Urgent Care Center Opens in Lynbrook

Source: Long Island Herald

By Mike Smollins

January 25, 2017

 

About 25 people, including local residents and elected officials, were on-hand for the grand opening of the Lynbrook Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Car...

Urgent Care Center Opens in Lynbrook

Source: Long Island Herald

By Mike Smollins

January 25, 2017

 

About 25 people, including local residents and elected officials, were on-hand for the grand opening of the Lynbrook Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Center on Jan. 21.

“A lot of people were there and we talked about the service it is to the community,” Mayor Bill Hendrick said. “It’s very nice that they chose Lynbrook and it seems like a wonderful facility.”

The day’s festivities included a tour of the care center, a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks from Hendrick and spokespersons for Northwell Health. The facility, which is located at 683 Sunrise Hwy., has a space for minor surgeries, four examining areas and rooms for drawing blood, Hendrick said. 

The Lynbrook location is the 16th care center to open up on Long Island. There are also facilities in Manhattan, Queens, Westchester and Staten Island. 

Adam Boll, the vice president of Northwell ventures operations, said the facility has been well received in Lynbrook. 

“It was very upbeat,” he said of the ceremony. “Lots of excitement from community members and local elected officials around the fact that we’ve been able to bring one of our urgent care centers into the community. They feel that there’s been a need and we’re filling that need both by the location and hours we provide.”

The care center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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