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Healthy Headlines: Is It Allergies, A Cold Or COVID-19? How To Tell The Difference

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Healthy Headlines: Is It Allergies, A Cold Or COVID-19? How To Tell The Difference

Boyd Faust of GoHealth Urgent Care: Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times

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Boyd Faust of GoHealth Urgent Care: Five Things You Need To Be A Highly Effective Leader During Turbulent Times

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Aids North Carolinians Returning to Travel

 

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Aids North Carolinians Returning to Travel PCR and Rapid COVID-19 Tests are available to customers at Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers throughout the state

CHARLOTTE– APRIL 27, 2021 – Novant Health-GoHealth Urgen...

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Aids North Carolinians Returning to Travel

 

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Aids North Carolinians Returning to Travel

PCR and Rapid COVID-19 Tests are available to customers at Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers throughout the state

CHARLOTTE– APRIL 27, 2021Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, serving the community with on-demand care since 2018, now provides more COVID-19 testing options at centers in North Carolina. Individuals and families who are planning travel - a road trip, flying to visit family and friends or preparing for any excursion, will have greater access to PCR or rapid molecular COVID-19 testing at a nearby Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care center to provide peace of mind before traveling.

American Airlines, with a major hub in Charlotte, has identified Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care as a trusted testing provider to make it easier to prepare for trips with 21 centers in Charlotte and Winston-Salem.

Travelers in North Carolina have flexible options for both pre-test evaluations and the tests themselves at Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers. The clinical evaluations and tests can be completed in a number of convenient ways:

  • In-person, either by saving a spot online or just walking in, at a local Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care center;
  • Through a virtual clinical evaluation online with a provider, followed by a quick in-person test

 

Results for the COVID-19 PCR test are provided in approximately 2-3 days and the rapid molecular COVID-19 test results are available in about 15 minutes.

Kirsten P. Jones, North Carolina regional president at Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, said, “We understand the importance of safety especially with travel opening up again. This is why we are focused on providing our communities convenient access to testing when travel is required.”

Patients seeking COVID-19 testing or care can save their spot online for convenience, and walk-ins are always welcome. In addition to centers throughout Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Virtual Visits provide unparalleled access throughout North Carolina. Visit https://www.gohealthuc.com/nc for more information on services, including COVID-19 testing with Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, and to find a convenient center.

 

About GoHealth
GoHealth Urgent Care is one of the country’s fastest-growing and most technology-forward on-demand care companies. At GoHealth, we provide unparalleled experiences that are effortless, personal and connected through partnerships with market-leading health systems and our communities as a whole. GoHealth operates approximately 160 on-demand care centers in the greater New York metropolitan area, the Portland, Oregon-Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area, the San Francisco Bay Area, Hartford and South Eastern Connecticut, Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina, St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas and Delaware. GoHealth Urgent Care is a TPG Growth portfolio company, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, which has more than $103 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.gohealthuc.com.

 

About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,600 physicians and over 29,000 employees that provide care at nearly 700 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2020, Novant Health was the only healthcare system in North Carolina to be included on Forbes' Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also ranked Novant Health third on its 2019 list of "Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work." Novant Health provided more than $993.2 million in community benefit, including financial assistance and services, in 2019. For more information, please visit our website at NovantHealth.org.

 

Media Contact
Simone McDowell, on behalf of Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care
simone@magentacommunications.com

Summer Safety and Sports Injury Prevention

 

Summer Safety and Sports Injury Prevention

Author: Cat Goodyear, PA-C, Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner! It’s time to talk about summer camp and sports—topics that go hand-in-hand with warmer seasons. Whether...

Summer Safety and Sports Injury Prevention

 

Summer Safety and Sports Injury Prevention

Author: Cat Goodyear, PA-C, Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner! It’s time to talk about summer camp and sports—topics that go hand-in-hand with warmer seasons. Whether your child is shooting hoops with friends in the cul-de-sac, or playing on a travel soccer team, injuries happen. Most of us remember spring and summer as a time for fun in the sun, cannonball contests, capture the flag, camp songs, and s’mores. Digging deeper into your memories may evoke a few less “made-for-TV” moments, like mosquito bites, bee stings, sunburn, dehydration headaches, and sprained ankles. With some simple planning, it’s easy to create a “perfect” summer experience for your kids and, of course, YOU!

It’s time to start looking at summer camp and sporting options, as sessions and teams can fill up quickly once registration opens. The YMCA offers a wonderful variety of camps for children from preschool age through teens, half-day, full-day, and sleep-away, sports and arts, and everything in-between. In addition to these, there are county Parks & Recreation camps and sports leagues, community pools with swim teams, and plenty of “meet-up” opportunities for adults looking to participate in summer athletics. Most summer camps require campers to provide a copy of a recent physical exam. If you’re short on time, or just can’t fit in an appointment with your child’s primary care provider, sports and camp physicals can be done at any Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care location; There are dozens of locations from which to choose. For more information and to save a spot for your child’s sports and camp physical, go to www.gohealthuc.com/nc.

Now, let’s talk about summer safety and injury prevention. I may work in urgent care, but I’d rather not meet you there. The not-so-obvious dangers of summer are the heat and sun. If not prepared, almost anything can turn into a medical issue. To prevent problems, apply sunscreen before leaving the house. It takes 20 minutes or longer for sunscreen to absorb into skin and protect you. Then, and this is important, re-apply every 1-2 hours throughout the day, because water, dirt, and sweat wash sunscreen off, leaving your skin vulnerable. Remember that all your parts need coverage, so don’t forget: ears and nose, neck and toes!

Next on the critically important list is water. Our bodies can never get enough of it, and in the summer we need even more. Fluid loss from heat, direct sun, sweat, and breathing harder (because of all the playing!) can lead to dehydration quickly. Some early signs of this may include headache, dizziness, reduced frequency and/or amount of urine, darkening of the urine, and a dry mouth. If these occur, get to the shade, drink water, and rest. Keep the clear fluids going until your symptoms improve, then head inside to take it easy. Electrolyte “waters” (sport drinks) are good for replenishing important salts and fluids that are lost with serious sweating, but the best way to stay hydrated is to drink water throughout the day and eat healthy snacks, such as carrots and hummus, apples and almond butter, and crisp, cold dill pickles that crunch!

Moving on to injury prevention - it’s important to remember to stretch and warm up your muscles before taking the field or coming off your mark. It may be hot outside, but your muscles require gentle and progressively longer stretching to warm up, become pliable and limber, and to reduce the risk of tearing (called a muscle strain). This is true after the game too, when your body is recovering from the bursts of energy it has given. It’s easy to do! Find a shady place to drink water and do recovery stretches, and you’ll find that you experience less muscle soreness and cramps (the dreaded “Charlie Horse”) and increased flexibility and endurance each time you play.

While you’re stretching out your muscles it’s the perfect time to also warm and loosen up your joints. These bony intersections are full of complex structures (called ligaments) designed to support and react to every kind of motion. A sprain is a tear in one or more ligaments of a joint, and even a simple one can take a player out of the game for weeks. Protect your joints before and after play by taking them through full Range of Motion exercises. These include rolling, extension, and flexion. Every joint is unique and it’s best to take them through all possible movements before starting intense play. The very best way to protect your joints is to build strong muscles around them! For instance, strengthening your upper and lower leg muscles (quads, hamstrings, calf) takes the burden off the knee joint itself, and reduces the chance of a knee sprain or other knee injury.

Last but certainly not least important for having a healthy summer is critter control. Mosquito and insect bites can ruin an otherwise great day, and these annoying little attacks to our skin can lead to some serious infections! Wear insect repellent every day. If you’re going to be in the woods or exploring marshes, deep grassy fields, or other wilderness environs, then always wear a hat and lightweight long sleeves and pants. North Carolina is a hot spot for deer ticks, which carry not only Lyme Disease, but a few other not-so-fun tick-borne illnesses. These include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI), and a few others with scary names and difficult treatment. Have a partner, parent, or buddy check your body and scalp every day for ticks, because the sooner you remove them the less likely they can harm you.

Are you ready for some fun, now?! Too scared to leave the house? Don’t be. “Perfect” summers can still exist for us and our children, but it never hurts to have a health and safety refresher. Even if you do everything right, remember that injuries, bug bites and blisters happen. If you aren’t certain about a situation regarding your health, seek medical attention. Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care facilities are staffed with experienced healthcare providers and all the best equipment to serve your urgent medical needs. Our centers offer on-site medications, X-ray, splinting and management of orthopedic injuries, wound care, and more. And, we’re here for you every day of the year!

Learn more at GoHealthUC.com/NC.

Healthy Headlines: Coronavirus And Travel

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Healthy Headlines: Coronavirus And Travel

American Airlines Announces New COVID-19 Testing Options, Quarantine-Free Travel to Italy

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American Airlines Announces New COVID-19 Testing Options, Quarantine-Free Travel to Italy

GoHealth Urgent Care Selected to Provide Pre-Flight COVID-19 Testing Options for American Airlines Travelers

 

GoHealth Urgent Care Selected to Provide Pre-Flight COVID-19 Testing Options for American Airlines Travelers PCR and Rapid COVID-19 Tests will be available to American Airlines customers at over 150 GoHealth Urgent Care centers across the nation

ATLANTA – April 1, 2021 - GoHe...

GoHealth Urgent Care Selected to Provide Pre-Flight COVID-19 Testing Options for American Airlines Travelers

 

GoHealth Urgent Care Selected to Provide Pre-Flight COVID-19 Testing Options for American Airlines Travelers

PCR and Rapid COVID-19 Tests will be available to American Airlines customers at over 150 GoHealth Urgent Care centers across the nation

ATLANTA – April 1, 2021 - GoHealth Urgent Care, one of the country's largest, fastest-growing on-demand care companies, has teamed up with American Airlines to provide pre-flight COVID-19 testing for travelers at over 150 centers nationwide. Prior to their departure date, travelers will have the option to have a PCR or Rapid Molecular COVID-19 Test at a nearby GoHealth Urgent Care center to provide peace of mind that they have fulfilled the travel requirements for their destination. Rapid PCR Testing will also be available soon at select centers.

American Airlines customers across the country will have flexible options for both pre-test evaluations and the tests themselves. The clinical evaluations and tests can be completed in a number of convenient ways:

  • In-person, either by saving a spot online or just walking in, at a local GoHealth Urgent Care center;
  • Through a virtual clinical evaluation online with a provider, followed by a quick in-person test; or
  • In the Bay Area, Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care offers Rapid Molecular COVID-19 Travel Testing onsite at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for all travelers departing that day. Click here to schedule a visit at SFO.

 

Results for the PCR test will be provided in 2-3 days and the Rapid Molecular COVID-19 Test results are available in approximately 15 minutes. Once available, Rapid PCR COVID-19 Test results will be provided in approximately 30 minutes.

Customers traveling with American Airlines on any international itinerary into the United States or outbound from the United States to select locations can use the mobile health passport VeriFLY to confirm their completion of a destination’s travel requirements to streamline travel.

Todd Latz, CEO of GoHealth Urgent Care, said, “Our network of conveniently located, on-demand care centers and virtual capabilities have uniquely positioned us to provide critical support to communities and industries across the country during the pandemic. We are proud to partner with American Airlines as they welcome more of their travelers safely back.”

“The opportunity to provide convenient testing locations through GoHealth Urgent Care will ease travel for many of our customers,” said Julie Rath, Vice President of Customer Experience and Reservations at American. “Whether near our hubs in Charlotte or New York, or in several connecting cities around the country, we are glad to extend this additional resource to help foster more peace of mind around travelling safely.”

Customers can visit www.gohealthuc.com/american-airlines for more information on testing with GoHealth Urgent Care and to find their closest center.

 

About American Airlines Group

American’s purpose is to care for people on life’s journey. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500. Learn more about what's happening at American by visiting news.aa.com and connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

 

About GoHealth

GoHealth Urgent Care is one of the country’s fastest-growing and most technology-forward on-demand care companies. At GoHealth, we provide unparalleled experiences that are effortless, personal and connected through partnerships with market-leading health systems and our communities as a whole. GoHealth operates approximately 160 on-demand care centers in the greater New York metropolitan area, the Portland, Oregon-Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area, the San Francisco Bay Area, Hartford and South Eastern Connecticut, Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina, St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas and Delaware. GoHealth Urgent Care is a TPG Growth portfolio company, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, which has more than $103 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.gohealthuc.com.

Renewing Our Commitment to COVID-19 Safety

 

Renewing Our Commitment to COVID-19 Safety

Author: Cat Goodyear, PA-C, Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

This time last year, North Carolina was preparing to Shelter-in-Place, due to the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in our state and around the country. As we ...

Renewing Our Commitment to COVID-19 Safety

 

Renewing Our Commitment to COVID-19 Safety

Author: Cat Goodyear, PA-C, Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

This time last year, North Carolina was preparing to Shelter-in-Place, due to the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in our state and around the country. As we just passed the one-year milestone of this historic event, it is important to reflect on how our communities have managed the pandemic, and to renew our commitment to beating COVID-19. We have come so far in the fight against COVID-19, now is the time to double-down our efforts to vaccinate and prevent the spread of the virus. Let’s end this chapter in our history—and move forward smarter, safer, and stronger.

With the abrupt closing of schools, businesses, and workplaces, routines we depended on for social, physical, and emotional wellbeing collapsed quickly. Thankfully, our creative and persistent spirit was not broken, and we discovered new ways to meet these needs. From taking family bike rides to meeting with friends on Zoom, we managed quarantine with courage and ingenuity. Neighbors met outside in socially distanced circles, friends delivered meals on front porches, families skipped annual parties, and everyone washed their hands. Then washed their hands again!

YMCA facilities also closed, but leadership and staff regrouped and reopened with new purpose and expanded programming to serve their communities in many vital ways. Gymnasiums were converted to E-Learning Academies; childcare services expanded to allow first-responders, healthcare, and other essential employees to continue their work; many thousands of meals have been and continue to be provided to children and families; weekly blood drives began; calls were made to check-in on local senior citizens; and trainers developed virtual fitness videos that brought classes into homes.

These changes, and those of every individual who did their part, kept us going in body, mind, and spirit. One year later there is a vaccine available, and cases of the illness are declining steadily in our state. Between February 9 and March 8, the number of COVID-19 cases dropped by 74%; hospitalizations dropped by 48%, and in the past 8 weeks our state has administered more than 2.9 million doses of the vaccine in the fight against COVID-19. See the COVID-19 dashboard here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard. These are impressive and encouraging statistics that every North Carolinian should celebrate.

Now more than ever is the perfect time to reflect on and renew our dedication to fighting COVID-19. With students returning to school, small businesses reopening, and YMCA facilities welcoming back members, it may feel like we can relax our behaviors and return to our “Pre-COVID-19” lives. I certainly share in the hope that the worst is behind us, but we are in no way finished with this race.

Ninety percent of North Carolina residents have not been vaccinated. New clusters of high infection rates continue to occur all over the state. We may see the finish line, but the only way we will cross it is with diligence and continuous effort. Every person needs to “Wash. Wait. Wear.” Wash your hands effectively and often. Wait at least 6 feet from others. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Also, as difficult as it is, please avoid social gatherings that do not align with Gov. Cooper’s current executive order through March 26: 25 people for indoor and 50 people for outdoor events.

North Carolina is doing an excellent job of vaccinating residents! Large health systems are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to Groups 1, 2, and 3, which includes all healthcare providers and staff, Long-Term Care residents and staff, anyone 65 years and older, and all school and child- care workers. Getting vaccinated is our best chance at ending the pandemic so please, “Find your spot to take your shot”!

We have come so far and have already sacrificed so much, but we can and must WIN this race! Please join the YMCA and your community to end COVID-19 and celebrate health and happiness together.

Here are two ways to schedule your vaccine:

●             Call the COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center at 1-888-675-4567 (Free Call)

●             Make an appointment online at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines/find-your-spot-take-your-shot

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Opens New Center in the Park Road Community

 

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Opens New Center in the Park Road Community

(Charlotte, NC – February 23, 2021) – Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, which serves the community with world-class, accessible urgent care for non-life-threatening illnesses a...

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Opens New Center in the Park Road Community

 

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Opens New Center in the Park Road Community

(Charlotte, NC – February 23, 2021) – Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, which serves the community with world-class, accessible urgent care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, as well as COVID-19 rapid testing, opened a new location on Park Road yesterday. The new urgent care center is located at 4304 Park Road in Charlotte, across from the Park Road Shopping Center.

“Novant Health is pleased to strengthen our partnership with GoHealth Urgent Care with the opening of this new Park Road location,” said John Howard, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Novant Health Medical Group. “Together, we look forward to continuing to provide exceptional urgent care services to the communities we serve.”

This new Park Road center, as well as the rest of the 21 Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers, are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, including holidays. Those seeking care for injuries and illnesses can save their spot online for convenience and walk-ins are always welcome. For patients seeking care from the comfort of their own home, including COVID-19 testing without symptoms, we recommend that you schedule a Virtual Visit for an evaluation, at which time we will advise you on the most appropriate testing options.

Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers have been serving the Charlotte community for over two years and treat adults and children six-months and older for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Patients can be seen for hundreds of common health concerns, including flu, fever, asthma, allergies, minor cuts, burns, pink eye, urinary tract infections, fractures, sprains, strains and more.

“We are excited to bring this new center to the Park Road community. It is another step in providing expanded access to high-quality and convenient healthcare,” said Kirsten Jones, North Carolina Regional President for Novant Health-GoHealth Urgent Care. “Our patients are our top priority, and we are grateful for their trust in our integrated system of care.”

To learn more about the Park Road center services, to save your spot online or view a full list of in-network insurance plans, visit /nc.

About GoHealth Urgent Care

GoHealth Urgent Care is one of the country’s fastest-growing and most technology-forward urgent care companies. At GoHealth Urgent Care, we provide unparalleled experiences that are effortless, personal and connected through partnerships with market-leading health systems and our communities as a whole. GoHealth Urgent Care operates approximately 160 urgent care centers in the greater New York metropolitan area, the Portland, Oregon-Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area, the San Francisco Bay Area, Hartford and South Eastern Connecticut, Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina, St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas and Delaware. GoHealth Urgent Care is a TPG Growth portfolio company, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, which has more than $103 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit /.

 

About Novant Health

Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 2,300 physicians and over 36,000 employees that provide care at more than 700 locations, including 16 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2020, Novant Health was the only healthcare system in North Carolina to be included on Forbes' Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also ranked Novant Health third on its 2019 list of "Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work." Novant Health provided more than $993.2 million in community benefit, including financial assistance and services, in 2019. For more information, please visit our website at NovantHealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Because People are Your Business with Andy Biga, Chief People Officer of GoHealth Urgent Care

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Because People are Your Business with Andy Biga, Chief People Officer of GoHealth Urgent Care

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