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More Moves By Major Urgent Care Players

July was an instructive month for those looking for evidence of the changing face of urgent care in the United States. Two major players announced moves that create significant changes in their futures.

CareSpot, the new name for Solantic Urgent Care, announced on July 17 that the company is forming a joint venture with HCA’s TriStar Health to bring as many as 15 urgent care centers to Middle Tennessee,opening throughout 2013. The new partnership would make CareSpot and TriStar Health the leading urgent care provider in Middle Tennessee. No doubt there will be more to report on this partnership in the coming months. CareSpot/Solantic is owned by the private equity firm of Welsh Carson Anderson and Stowe in New York City.

On July 26, Philadelphia-based private equity firm LLR Partners and Indianapolis-based Wellpoint announced a “growth capital investment” in Physicians Immediate Care.  Wellpoint is the largest health insurance company in the United States. LLR Partners is a middle-market private equity firm best known for its investment in Medmark Specialty Pharmacy Solutions, which Walgreens acquired in 2006.  Physicians Immediate Care operates 20 urgent care clinics in Illinois, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

To further illustrate the convergence between urgent care and retailing, Stanley Blaylock, former president of Walgreens Health Services, is joining the company as president and chief executive officer.  The financing will be used to expand the network and enhance the patient care offering of the clinics managed by Physicians Immediate Care LLC.

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Next Symposium Set for January
January 26-28 in Scottsdale
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August 1, 2013
NextCare Acquires Dallas-Based PrimaCare

NextCare now operates 86 clinics in seven states.

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July 29, 2013
Walgreens Drops Take Care Name

The new name is "Healthcare Clinic."

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April 5, 2013
Take Care Expands Services

Walgreens announced this month diagnosis and treatment of chronic illnesses at Take Care Health clinics.

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April 5, 2013
AFC Buys Doctors Express
The acquisition by AFC will make that company the fourth largest urgent care operator in the country, the second largest independent operator.

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December 1, 2012
MinuteClinic Opens 19 Clinics in November
The company also signed two new health system affiliation agreements.
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October 24, 2012
MinuteClinic Opens In Asheville, NC
The move marks a willingness by the top retail clinic operator to open in a market that is not one of the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the United States.
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October 18, 2012
Walk-In Medicine and Telehealth Continue to Converge
BCBS of N.C., TakeCare and American Well collaborate on new service.
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September 17, 2012
MinuteClinic Signs 18th Collaboration Agreement
Agreement with University of Oklahoma Physicians covers Oklahoma City clinics.
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June 6, 2012
Telemedicine to be Offered Inside Walmart
Another attempt at something Walmart tried back in 2008.
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May 15, 2012
Target Clinic Expands Into NC and VA
These are the first new markets since 2010.
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August 1, 2011
Safeway Begins Building Clinics in its Stores

Traditional grocery gets a boost as a platform for retail clinics. 

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