News | October 24, 2006

Retail Healthcare Taking Root and Flourishing?

Healthcare facilities based in shopping malls, strip malls, in-stores and other commercial outlets seem to be all the rage now, offering a new wrinkle in the lexicon of outpatient care, sometimes called “urgent care.” These facilities, which are commonly called urgent care centers or clinics or walk-in clinics, are represented by The National Urgent Care Center Association ( and the National Association for Ambulatory Care (
Here’s a list of some of the key players, not including those hospitals, healthcare systems and integrated delivery networks that may own and operate their own urgent care operations: AfterHours Urgent Care Centers Inc. (, Denver, CO; ER Urgent Care Centers Inc. (, Miami, FL; MDNow Urgent Care/Walk-In Medical Centers (, Lake Worth, FL; MedExpress Urgent Care (, Royal Palm Beach, FL; MedExpress Urgent Care (, Pleasant Hills, PA; MiniMedCare (, Chester, NJ; MinuteClinic (now owned by CVS Corp.) (, Minneapolis, MN; NextCare (, Phoenix, AZ; Nova Urgent Care (, Sterling, VA; Physicians ImmediateCare (, Rockford, IL; Pinnacle EasyCare LLC (, Las Vegas, NV; RediClinic (, Houston, TX; Take Care Health Systems LLC (, Conshohocken, PA; Tri-State Urgent Care LLC (, Cold Spring, KY; and Urgent Care Centers Inc. (, Alpharetta, GA.
Source: Outpatient Care Technology research, October 2006