GoHealth Urgent Care News

Castro urgent care clinics add HIV prevention service

Source: Bay Area Reporter

By Matthew S Bajko

February 9, 2017

 

The two urgent care centers in the Castro are now offering treatment to patients who believe they may have been exposed to HIV in order to prevent them from ...

Castro urgent care clinics add HIV prevention service

Source: Bay Area Reporter

By Matthew S Bajko

February 9, 2017

 

The two urgent care centers in the Castro are now offering treatment to patients who believe they may have been exposed to HIV in order to prevent them from acquiring the virus.

Direct Urgent Care will also begin prescribing the HIV prevention pill known as PrEP to its patients as of March 1, while Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is discussing if it will follow suit, the Bay Area Reporter has learned.

As of last Wednesday, February 1, Direct Urgent Care began offering PEP, an HIV post-exposure prophylaxis treatment meant to be taken within 72 hours of possible exposure to the virus. The locally owned chain of urgent care centers operates out of a ground-floor retail space in the Linea building on upper Market Street.

Patients in need of PEP can make an appointment by phone or online to be seen that day.

Although the center will not officially start prescribing a month's worth of PrEP, the once-a-day pill that prevents HIV, to patients at its San Francisco location until next month, if someone needs PrEP immediately the center will work to accommodate them.

Both men and women can request either PEP or PrEP at Direct Urgent Care's center. The cost for the visit is $175, while the prescription price for the medicine varies based on a person's health insurance plan.

"If members of the community have this need, they now get to walk in to our center and we have a protocol to get you started," Dr. Caeser Djavaherian, a co-owner of the center, announced Thursday, February 2 during the monthly meeting of Castro Merchants, the neighborhood business association.

Because a person needs to first be tested to ensure they are HIV-negative prior to starting on PrEP, and some counseling about the medicine is involved, an in-person visit to the center is required. In an interview, Djavaherian told the B.A.R. that after the center helps get people started on PrEP it will refer them to other resources in the city for ongoing access to the medication.

Since Direct Urgent Care opened at 1998 Market Street in late July, it has fielded multiple requests from mostly male patients for both PEP and PrEP, said Djavaherian. 

Patients were also coming to Direct Urgent Care's center after being told by the nearby Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care center, which opened in August a few blocks away at 2288 Market Street, that it was not providing such services. 

After the B.A.R. inquired with GoHealth if it planned to offer the HIV prevention medicines, Dr. Erick Miranda told the B.A.R. that as of Wednesday, February 8 all eight of its Bay Area centers, including the Castro location, would begin offering PEP to patients. 

"It is certainly something, for the health of the community, we definitely would offer," said Miranda, noting that its Castro center in particular had been fielding requests for both PEP and PrEP from men in the neighborhood.

Because PEP is an emergency HIV prevention tool, Miranda said it "definitely is within the realm or scope of our practice. We are very excited to offer it."

Since PrEP is taken on an ongoing basis, it falls into the category of primary care, noted Miranda, which GoHealth's urgent care centers are not meant to provide.

Nevertheless, due to the increasing popularity of urgent care centers as easier alternatives to seeing a primary care physician, as well as cheaper than going to an emergency room, Miranda said GoHealth is discussing if it makes sense for it to add PrEP to the services it offers.

"For patients who want to go on PrEP, which I highly endorse for patients at risk of HIV infection, it does require some primary care, such as ongoing testing," said Miranda. "As urgent care becomes more popular in the city, the lines between urgent care and primary care start to blur a little bit. It is an ongoing discussion amongst our group."

As for Direct Urgent Care, its Castro center had been directing its male patients looking for PEP or PrEP to seek the medications from Strut, the gay and bisexual men's health center on Castro Street operated by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Because it is open at hours and on days that Strut is not, Direct Urgent Care decided it made sense for it to prescribe PEP and PrEP directly to its clientele. It also sees its doing so as a way to support the city's Getting to Zero initiative, which aims to reduce new HIV cases by 90 percent come 2020.

"Our clinicians and staff are committed to the prevention of new HIV infections in San Francisco and the entire Bay Area," stated Aurora Helm, a certified physician assistant and Direct Urgent Care's lead PEP/PrEP clinician. "By working closely with our community partners to expand access to care, plus provide a safe, convenient, and confidential place to receive PEP and PrEP, we are removing stigma or barriers patients typically face in accessing these services."

Strut officials did not respond to the B.A.R.'s request for comment by press time.

Alberto Lammers, director of communications at San Francisco's LGBT Community Center, which is a short walk from Direct Urgent Care, applauded the launch of the HIV prevention services at the center. The center often fields questions from people asking where they can access PEP and PrEP in the city, Lammers told the B.A.R.

"I think access to health care is very important to our community, especially to PEP and PrEP," said Lammers. "It is great to see them put this program into effect."

Direct Urgent Care is offering PEP at all four of its centers in the Bay Area. In addition to the San Francisco location, there are centers in Berkeley, Oakland, and Mountain View. While PrEP is only being offered at its San Francisco location for now, it plans to add PrEP at the other three sites later this year.

"The other centers will be learning from the San Francisco center's experience," said Djavaherian. 

For more information, visit http://www.directurgentcare.com.

Appointments for those seeking PEP at GoHealth can be made online or by phone for the same day. Patients can also walk into a center during its business hours and request to be seen.

Visits cost $250 at GoHealth for those without health insurance, while the price varies by plan for those who have coverage, as does the co-pay cost for the PEP prescription. Miranda said he was unsure how much the PEP prescription would cost those without health insurance.

For more information, visit https://www.gohealthuc.com/bayarea.

7 Nasty Health Threats to Avoid at the Office

Source: Livestrong.com

By Moira Lawler

February 8, 2017

 

1 THE THREAT: CONTAGIOUS CO-WORKERS

Erik Miranda, M.D., a doctor with Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, says there are two main ways flu ...

7 Nasty Health Threats to Avoid at the Office

Source: Livestrong.com

By Moira Lawler

February 8, 2017

 

1 THE THREAT: CONTAGIOUS CO-WORKERS

Erik Miranda, M.D., a doctor with Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, says there are two main ways flu and cold viruses get passed around: contaminated surfaces and coughing or sniffling people around you. Try as you might to avoid your co-workers’ germs, it’s hard to stay healthy when a domino effect kicks off and a cold gets passed around the office from person to person.

THE FIX

“The best way to protect yourself against those pesky germs is to wash your hands as frequently as possible,” Dr. Erik Miranda says. Make it a point to get your flu shot every year, and increase your daily vitamin C intake if it seems like a bug is going around. Finally, if you’re in a leadership position, encourage your team members to work from home when they’re sick so the entire office doesn’t come down with the flu at the same time, health coach Jennifer Gibson says.

2 THE THREAT: GERMY SURFACES

Even if your co-workers are sniffle-free, bacteria coat nearly every surface in the office. A 2012 study found that sink faucet handles in the break room, microwave door handles and keyboards are the three spots in the office most covered with germs.

THE FIX

Go ahead: Be that person who obsessively swabs down the desk with a disinfectant wipe every day (and don’t forget your phone and keyboard), Dr. Erik Miranda says. Your co-workers may view you as an overly cautious germophobe, but dealing with that reputation sure beats the heck out of catching what everyone else has!

3 THE THREAT: FREE FOOD IN THE CAFETERIA

These days, companies commonly lure employees by offering free lunches, bagel Mondays, soda machines and unlimited snacks. Those sound like some pretty sweet little perks — that is until you consider the free meals usually come in the form of high-calorie comfort food you usually do everything you can to avoid. “The reality is your house can be completely free of junk food and [stocked with nothing but] totally clean food, but we spend a vast majority of our daytime in an office setting, and that gives you so much opportunity to not have control over your environment,” says Jennifer Gibson, head of nutrition and coaching at Vida Health.

THE FIX

“Don’t get to the point when you’re too hungry,” health coach Jennifer Gibson says. “If you come into the office and see a whole bunch of bagels and doughnuts sitting there and you haven’t had breakfast yet, it’s definitely going to be really tempting.” Plan ahead to eat a healthy breakfast before leaving for the office if you know a giant box of doughnuts will be waiting there to greet you on arrival. And keep healthy snacks stashed in your desk drawer so you can reach for those instead of the free pizza in the office kitchen.

4 THE THREAT: NEVER-ENDING STRESS

Demanding clients. Nearly impossible deadlines. Needy colleagues. Stress is no stranger to the traditional office worker, and it can rear its ugly head at any time and in many different and surprising ways. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, stress can suppress your immune system, mess with your normal digestive functions and, as anyone who’s worked on a high-profile project on a time crunch knows, it can interfere with sleep. If the stress sticks around, more serious issues, such as heart disease, diabetes and depression, can eventually come into play.

THE FIX

“Yoga, meditation and mindfulness exercises have all been shown to reduce stress,” Dr. Erik Miranda says. “If they can be incorporated into your schedule, do it.” Consider downloading a meditation app, such as Stop, Breathe & Think, and listening to the guided meditation when you’re able to take a 10-minute break.

5 THE THREAT: 12-HOUR DAYS

A 12-hour day every now and again is par for the course for many people. But when you’re consistently logging those long days, you may eventually notice that your overall well-being takes a big hit.

THE FIX

Take back control of your day. If your calendar is jam-packed with meetings, ask yourself whether it’s absolutely crucial for you to attend them all. “A lot of people, when scheduling meetings, include many invitees just in case they want to join,” says health coach Jennifer Gibson. “But feel free to exercise your option to step out of a meeting if you don’t think you’re going to get anything out of it.” Gibson also suggests embracing the fine art of delegating tasks. Are there colleagues or resources that can take some of the load off your shoulders? If so, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

6 THE THREAT: POOR POSTURE

The all-too-common desk pose — hunched shoulders and curved spine with your neck and head extended toward the computer screen — isn’t doing your body any favors. “Poor desk posture commonly leads to upper-back and neck pain,” Dr. Erik Miranda says. That can negatively affect your well-being, he says, as well as your energy levels, according to a 2012 article published in the journal Biofeedback.

THE FIX

Be mindful about your posture and how you carry your shoulders when you’re sitting, Dr. Erik Miranda says. You might also consider incorporating a few stealthy stretches into your workday. “In a more formal work environment it might feel awkward to get up and do exercises in front of everyone, but you can do desk stretches or even squats if you have a little bit of a private space — just to get the blood flowing,” health coach Jennifer Gibson says. Try performing downward-facing dog to help increase blood flow back to your brain and counter that draining midday slump, she says.

7 THE THREAT: TOO MUCH SCREEN TIME

Most office workers don’t realize three or four hours have gone by since they stepped away from their desks, health coach Jennifer Gibson says. It’s the new normal, as the average American adult spends almost 11 hours a day in front of a screen, according to a Nielsen report. The result? Eventually, your eyes will feel strained and dry, and dull, achy headaches will start to creep in, Dr. Erik Miranda says.

THE FIX

Place an anti-glare screen on your computer to lessen the negative effects, Dr. Erik Miranda suggests. And be diligent about periodically stepping away from the screen. Set a timer for every two to three hours to remind you or make that break non-negotiable by constantly sipping water throughout the day, health coach Jennifer Gibson says. You’ll stay hydrated, and you’ll have built-in breaks every few hours when you need to get up to go to the bathroom.

Put a little love in your heart

Source: Shop with Style

By Amy Sewell

February 8, 2017

 

Right after we got back from visiting family at Christmas in 2014, I came down with what I thought was a really bad cold.  I cr...

Put a little love in your heart

Source: Shop with Style

By Amy Sewell

February 8, 2017

 

Right after we got back from visiting family at Christmas in 2014, I came down with what I thought was a really bad cold.  I crashed on the sofa for a few days while Scott waited on me, bringing me a steady supply of hot orange tea and switching Netflix shows when I couldn’t even summon the energy to queue up a new episode.

I milked that pampering as long as I could, but after a couple of days of misery and a temperature that climbed above 101 – I decided it was probably time to go to the doctor.  Since it was the night before New Year’s Eve, there was no way I could see my regular physician.  So, I dragged myself off the sofa and to a nearby urgent care center – where I was promptly diagnosed with the flu, given a prescription and sent home to bed. 

In and out in about half an hour.  And the bill?  Less than half of what it would have been had I gone to my doctor.

Sidebar:  Yes, I had gotten a flu shot earlier in September – something I do each and every fall.  But this was the year that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the vaccine formula was a poor match for the influenza strain – so many of us who were vaccinated still got sick, although my case was actually fairly mild.

That experience turned me into a big fan of urgent care centers for non-emergency needs like the flu, colds, minor sprains or injuries, etc.  Happily, I haven't needed to go back - but you never know.  For true emergencies, though, an ER is definitely the way to go. 

That is why I am excited to team up with GoHealth Urgent Care this month to spread the word about American Heart Month.  Since heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women – contributing to one in four deaths each year, according to the CDC – this is a great time to get in the habit of making this the month to monitor your risk.  It's also Valentine month - how perfect is that for timing for taking care of your heart and your sweet's heart?

Here are a few heart health tips they offer - all of which you can do on your own or with your sweetie:

Take a walk.  Living in New York City – and not owning a car – means we routinely walk a lot, whether it is running to the grocery store or dry cleaners, going for a walk in nearby Central Park, or climbing up and down stairs for the subway.  That’s definitely good for me, since I get a little stir-crazy if I am stuck at my desk for several hours.  I also walk around airports between flights, since sitting in a tiny space for hours saps the energy out of me.  I don’t know about you, but walking or any exercise frees my mind to solve problems, generate creative ideas, cure writer’s block – or just put me in a better mood if I’m feeling a little blah.  Whether you walk in a neighborhood park, run errands or walk briskly on the treadmill at the gym – it can do wonders for mental and physical health.

Grab a handful of berries.  Keeping a healthy diet doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor. There are plenty of yummy heart-healthy options, such as berries, salmon, nuts – even small amounts of dark chocolate.  We always have cartons of blueberries in our fridge.  And I could eat salmon several times a week, so I am always on the lookout for new recipes to keep Scott from getting bored with it.  Here is one of our current favorites, a Honey Pecan Salmon recipe from a friend’s blog.

Know your heart.  Every body is different, and it’s important to know how yours is working.  From now through February 18, GoHealth Urgent Care is offering free blood pressure readings, body mass index (BMI) calculations and waist circumference measurements – a few of the stats that are important indicators of heart health and wellness.    They have centers in New Yorkand Portland, Oregon metropolitan areas, the San Francisco Bay Area, and coming soon to Hartford, Connecticut, so if you’re in one of those cities, you can just drop into a center or check-in online to see what the wait times are.  I shared a bit more about the screenings in this recent segment on CBS San Francisco.

What are some other ways you like to show your heart a little love?

 

 

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 D...

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.

Loofahs, t...

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 launchi...

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 stuff from ...

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 Northwell is...

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 ben...

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.

 

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