Source: DNAinfo New York

By Danielle Tcholakian

May 25, 2016

GREENWICH VILLAGE — A new urgent care center in the heart of Greenwich Village offers high-tech services to make things easier for patients with mobility issues, including working with Uber to facilitate travel to and from the center.

Northwell Health has opened 22 GoHealth centers since 2014 across the metropolitan area and plans to open 15 more by the end of this year.

"We’re able to treat patients very quickly, get them on their way back to good health, back to what they’re doing in their day, and we can deal with things of a more acute nature — not life threatening, but certainly a higher level of acute care and treatment than you would normally see in a primary office care office for a very reasonable price," GoHealth Urgent Care CEO Todd Latz said.

This month brought two new facilities: one in the Village at 41 E. 8th St. between University Place and Broadway just a block and a half from New York University and Washington Square Park, and another on the Upper West Side at 2628 Broadway.

The staff at GoHealth can run x-rays and lab tests in-house, and uses an integrated electronic records system linked to Northwell Health's larger network. (The provider also operates the freestanding emergency room on Seventh Avenue South that replaced St. Vincent's Hospital.)

They accept walk-ins and patients with appointments can check in online.

"We let [patients] control their environment — from the online queuing and checking system to how much time they’d like to spend with providers. We don’t rush them out of that experience," Latz said.

The urgent care center offers a lower-cost alternative to Northwell Health's emergency room, where locals have complained of high fees for procedures as small as checking out a bee sting.

"We see a real need for our service and we’re excited to be able to offer that to patients," Latz said. "We believe that we fit very well into the healthcare continuum between primary care and emergency room care and at a much, much lower price point than what you would normally see at an emergency department."