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Doctors Care and Tidelands Health announce regional affiliation

By Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2021

Media Contacts:

Doctors Care
Stephanie Hooker
[email protected]
803-726-3128

Tidelands Health
Dawn Bryant
[email protected]
843-652-1636

Doctors Care and Tidelands Health announce regional affiliation to improve health care access

Doctors Care, P.A., and Tidelands Health have agreed to an affiliation that will provide patients throughout the Grand Strand increased access to primary care, urgent care, specialty care and emergency care.

The new affiliation builds upon a similar relationship between Doctors Care and MUSC Health in the Charleston area and represents a shared commitment by Doctors Care and Tidelands Health, the region’s MUSC Health affiliate, to offer access, value and comprehensive care to area residents.

The primary goal of the new affiliation is to help patients make the best decision when choosing the most appropriate setting from which to seek medical care.

The regionwide network of Doctors Care centers, all of which offer walk-in service, will help Tidelands Health decrease unnecessary visits to its emergency departments and provide patients with an easier transition to advanced services and ongoing care as needed. Both organizations have launched educational efforts to assist patients as they’re making decisions about where to seek treatment.

“This close connection between Doctors Care and Tidelands Health will improve patients’ access to medical treatment as well as the caliber of care they receive.” said Shelley Janssen, M.D., chief medical officer of Doctors Care. “By sharing information and resources and developing shared quality metrics, our two systems will further enhance the wellness of the communities we serve.”

The new affiliation is effective immediately and includes nine Doctors Care locations in Conway, Georgetown, Little River, Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach.

“Tidelands Health is proud to work with Doctors Care to improve access to appropriate care along the Grand Strand through this affiliation,” said Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tidelands Health. “It is our shared goal to help patients make the best care decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

“We look forward to working together to support the health of people across our region.”

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About Doctors Care, P.A.

Doctors Care urgent care is a leading health care organization focused on delivering exceptional and convenient urgent care, family care and occupational health services. Its original center, opened in Columbia in 1981, was the first urgent care center in South Carolina. Now, Doctors Care is one of the largest urgent care companies in the United States, with more than 1,000 employees. Its network of 54 urgent care locations continues to expand to serve patients with quality medical care that is both convenient and affordable. All Doctors Care centers offer online check-in, real-time patient volumes, onsite dispensing, flexible hours, onsite X-ray and laboratory, telehealth services and more. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.

About Tidelands Health

Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.

Upstate Doctors Care Reopens With Occupational Health Mission

By Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2021

Media Contact:

Doctors Care
Stephanie Hooker
[email protected]
803-726-3128

Upstate Doctors Care Reopens With Occupational Health Mission

[GREENVILLE, S.C., June 7, 2021] – Doctors Care has reopened its Congaree location with a new focus on occupational health services such as pre-employment screenings and Workers Compensation care. The center at 701 Congaree Road, Greenville, had been closed since November 2020 to allow for COVID-19 curbside testing.

Patients still can receive walk-in urgent care at the Congaree location. However, its staff will concentrate primarily on occupational medicine and employer health services.

“When injuries occur on the job, you can rely on Doctors Care to provide the care your employees need to get better and the paperwork your organization needs to stay informed,” said Dr. Shelley Janssen, president and chief medical officer of Doctors Care. “We’re delighted to extend these services to the Upstate community, treating non-life-threatening injuries and helping employees return to work quickly.”

The center’s occupational health focus is meant to complement the health services and corporate health and wellness on-site services that Doctors Care offers to employers statewide.

Hours at the Congaree location will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Services offered will include:

  • Pre-hire physicals, DOT physicals
  • Drug screens, Breath alcohol testing
  • Audiograms and X-rays
  • Respirator clearance and spirometry
  • QuantiFERON TV-Gold blood testing
  • Hepatitis B injections/titer blood tests
  • Lab-contracted services

For more information, visit Employers.DoctorsCare.com.

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About Doctors Care, P.A.

Doctors Care urgent care is a leading health care organization focused on delivering exceptional and convenient urgent care, family care and occupational health services. Its original center, opened in Columbia in 1981, was the first urgent care center in South Carolina. Now, Doctors Care is one of the largest urgent care companies in the United States, with more than 1,000 employees. Its network of 54 urgent care locations continues to expand to serve patients with quality medical care that is both convenient and affordable. All Doctors Care centers offer online check-in, real-time patient volumes, onsite dispensing, flexible hours, onsite X-ray and laboratory, telehealth services and more. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.

Doctors Care Urgent Care Offers COVID-19 Testing

By Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2021

Media Contact:

Doctors Care
Jill Armbruster
[email protected]
803-726-4726

[COLUMBIA, S.C., April 14, 2020] — Doctors Care urgent care, based in Columbia, S.C., has completed its third week of successfully screening patients for COVID-19, and has expanded its program to begin testing first responders and employees of the City of Columbia. City employees and patients from around the state are going through the Midlands-based, drive-through testing site by appointment only. Doctors Care providers based at any of the 54 statewide centers, as well as those evaluating patients on the Doctors Care Anywhere virtual urgent care app, are able to refer patients directly to the testing site.

“We’ve taken a methodical and guidelines-based approach to setting up and operating our drive-through testing site in the Midlands,” said Dr. Curtis Franke, president of Doctors Care. “Our primary concern is testing first responders and patients with symptoms. Quickly identifying and isolating confirmed COVID-19 cases is one of the best defenses for our state during this unprecedented time.”

All patients are screened by Doctors Care providers to ensure they meet the recommended criteria for testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). Patients are not required to be existing patients of Doctors Care, but must be screened by a Doctors Care provider using its virtual urgent care app. Per CDC and SCDHEC guidance, testing is not offered at this time without a testing referral from a licensed provider. This ensures limited testing supplies are being reserved for the most essential workforce members like first responders and healthcare professionals.

The Doctors Care drive-through testing site is currently open six days a week, and has completed testing for hundreds of patients to date. Doctors Care is exploring additional testing sites around the state to complement its footprint and serve areas where there is a critical need. As faster testing options become available, Doctors Care plans to offer additional services to residents across the state. With its vast network of urgent care centers and robust virtual urgent care app, the company is well-positioned to scale up its COVID-19 testing operations as rapid tests become available.

Individuals with possible COVID-19 symptoms interested in receiving a test should initiate a virtual care visit using Doctors Care Anywhere (www.DoctorsCare.com/Anywhere) from their computer, tablet or smart phone. Doctors Care Anywhere is available seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Individuals age 5 and older may receive treatment through the app. This service complements Doctors Care in-person operations around the state which are still open and treating patients for a host of common conditions like allergies and injuries.

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About Doctors Care, P.A.

Doctors Care urgent care is a leading health care organization focused on delivering exceptional and convenient urgent care, family care and occupational health services. Its original center, opened in Columbia in 1981, was the first urgent care center in South Carolina. Now, Doctors Care is one of the largest urgent care companies in the United States, with more than 1,000 employees. Its network of 54 urgent care locations continues to expand to serve patients with quality medical care that is both convenient and affordable. All Doctors Care centers offer online check-in, real-time patient volumes, onsite dispensing, flexible hours, onsite X-ray and laboratory, telehealth services and more. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.

Doctors Care and Progressive Physical Therapy Celebrates Newest Locations in Murrells Inlet With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

By Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2019

Jill Armbruster
Doctors Care
[email protected]
803-726-4726

Doctors Care and Progressive Physical Therapy Celebrates Newest Locations in Murrells Inlet With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Murrells Inlet, S.C. – Doctors Care P.A., South Carolina’s largest urgent care company, held a ribbon cutting today to celebrate the opening of its newest urgent and family care center in Murrells Inlet. The state-of-the-art medical facility is located next to Bojangles’ on Highway 707. Doctors Care selected Murrells Inlet for its newest location because of the increased need for convenient access to health care services, seven days a week. This is the ninth Doctors Care location in the Grand Strand Region.

According to Dr. Curtis Franke, president and chief medical officer of Doctors Care, the new location will enhance efforts to address the health care demands of the booming South Strand area.

“For 38 years, our medical professionals have been dedicated to providing convenient, quality care to families and employers across South Carolina, and this newest Murrells Inlet location is an example of our long-term commitment to these values and the communities we’ve always served,” Franke said.

As part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, a two thousand dollar check was presented to St. James High School, which is located less than three miles from the new Doctors Care location. St. James’s athletic trainer, Bill Krauss, plus the high school mascot, Sharkie, was on hand to accept the check, and said part of the funds will be used for the school’s athletic equipment, plus funds will be allocated to the school nurse for medical supplies.

Doctors Care Murrells Inlet has more than 4,300 square feet of space including eight exam rooms, trauma space, on-site laboratory and X-ray rooms, and spacious accommodations.

Services available at Doctors Care include:

  • Urgent care and minor surgical procedures (for sprains, fractures, lacerations, accident evaluation, burns, etc.)
  • Family care (such as physicals, X-rays, blood work and allergy treatment, colds, strep and flu care)
  • Outdoor exposure treatment (such as sunburn and insect bite treatment and IV fluids for dehydration)
  • Vaccinations (including tetanus, flu, pneumonia and hepatitis)
  • Occupational health and workers’ compensation
  • Online check-in so you can wait where you want

The Progressive Physical Therapy location is its 24th in South Carolina, offering specialized treatment with certified physical therapists to help with injury recovery, rehabilitation and pain relief.

Doctors Care hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Progressive Physical Therapy’s hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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About Doctors Care, P.A.
Doctors Care urgent care, accredited by the Urgent Care Association, is a leading health care organization focused on delivering exceptional and convenient urgent care, family care and occupational health services. Its original center, opened in Columbia in 1981, was the first urgent care center in South Carolina. Now, Doctors Care is one of the largest urgent care companies in the United States. Its network of 55 locations continues to expand to serve patients with quality health care that is both convenient and affordable. All Doctors Care centers offer online check-in, flexible hours, on-site X-ray, laboratory and on-site prescriptions, occupational health, telehealth services and more. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.

About Progressive Physical Therapy

Progressive Physical Therapy, founded in 1986, serves patients at 25 offices throughout South Carolina. Centers are staffed with certified, highly skilled therapists with experience and specialized training. The high standards of Progressive Physical Therapy make it one of the most respected practices in the state for advanced therapeutic care. Visit PPTaccess.com for more information.

Doctors Care, Progressive Physical Therapy Now Open in Murrells Inlet

By Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2019

Jill Armbruster
Doctors Care
[email protected]
803-726-4726

Doctors Care, Progressive Physical Therapy Now Open in Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet, S.C. –Doctors Care urgent care and Progressive Physical Therapy have opened their newest locations in Murrells Inlet to serve the South Strand community and beyond.

  • Doctors Care Murrells Inlet is at 12015 Highway 707 (also known as Burgess Road).
  • Progressive Physical Therapy, a Doctors Care sister company, is at the same location.

The new, state-of-the-art facilities are located on the corner of Highway 707 and Tournament Blvd., and the Wynbrooke subdivision, adjacent to Bojangles’. It’s an ideal location to serve this growing area with convenient access to urgent and family care, as well as advanced physical therapy services.

Doctors Care is South Carolina’s largest urgent care company and one of the largest in the United States. The Murrells Inlet location will be the ninth in the Grand Strand region and the 55th in the state.

Dr. Curtis Franke, president and chief medical officer of Doctors Care P.A., said the company’s expansion reflects its dedication to providing quality, convenient care to S.C. families and employers.

“This newest Murrells Inlet location is an example of our long-term commitment to these values and the communities we’ve always served,” Franke said.

Doctors Care Murrells Inlet has more than 4,300 square feet of space including eight exam rooms, trauma space, on-site laboratory and X-ray rooms, and spacious accommodations.

Services available at Doctors Care include:

  • Urgent care and minor surgical procedures (for sprains, fractures, lacerations, accident evaluation, burns, etc.)
  • Family care (such as physicals, X-rays, blood work and allergy treatment, colds, strep and flu care)
  • Outdoor exposure treatment (such as sunburn and insect bite treatment and IV fluids for dehydration)
  • Vaccinations (including tetanus, flu, pneumonia and hepatitis)
  • Occupational health and workers’ compensation
  • Online check-in so you can wait where you want

The Progressive Physical Therapy location is its 24th in South Carolina, offering specialized treatment with certified physical therapists to help with injury recovery, rehabilitation and pain relief.

Doctors Care hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Progressive Physical Therapy’s hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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About Doctors Care, P.A.
Doctors Care urgent care, accredited by the Urgent Care Association, is a leading health care organization focused on delivering exceptional and convenient urgent care, family care and occupational health services. Its original center, opened in Columbia in 1981, was the first urgent care center in South Carolina. Now, Doctors Care is one of the largest urgent care companies in the United States. Its network of 55 locations continues to expand to serve patients with quality health care that is both convenient and affordable. All Doctors Care centers offer online check-in, flexible hours, on-site X-ray, laboratory and on-site prescriptions, occupational health, telehealth services and more. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.

About Progressive Physical Therapy

Progressive Physical Therapy, founded in 1986, serves patients at 25 offices throughout South Carolina. Centers are staffed with certified, highly skilled therapists with experience and specialized training. The high standards of Progressive Physical Therapy make it one of the most respected practices in the state for advanced therapeutic care. Visit PPTaccess.com for more information.

Doctors Care Earns Accreditation from the Urgent Care Association (UCA)

By Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2019

Media Contact:

Doctors Care
Jill Armbruster
[email protected]
803-726-4726

Doctors Care, P.A., located in South Carolina, has achieved Accreditation through the Urgent Care Association (UCA), which is the highest level of distinction for urgent care centers. Doctors Care’s centers provide patients with walk-in, extended-hour medical attention with licensed providers for a large scope of medical conditions and have met all of the UCA’s established standards and criteria for quality of patient care, safety, and scope of services. Doctors Care earned this distinction through a detailed survey, including an onsite visit, with UCA Accreditation surveyors.

Accreditation is important to differentiate centers, such as those of Doctors Care, which meet the standards and criteria from others in the marketplace, to establish a baseline definition for expected care and, in many cases, to enable centers to qualify for in-network care for most providers. UCA Accreditation is the first of its kind to recognize not only the more traditional accreditation process of quality and safety but also the scope of services provided by urgent care centers.

Urgent care centers treat illness and injury that requires immediate, but not emergency, care.  Doctors Care providers can fill a need for your subscribers that may exist between primary care physicians and the hospital emergency department, especially during times a doctor’s appointment is not readily available. The urgent care centers of Doctors Care can provide episodic care for acute, non-life-threatening illness and injury, are an important community resource, and keep patients out of the emergency room for non-emergency care.  This results in cost savings to both consumers – in the form of lower co-pays or deductible utilization – and employers in terms of total charges.  More and more, individuals and companies are evaluating the availability of a strong local urgent care network when choosing their health plan benefits. Cooperation between patients, primary care physicians, emergency departments, payers and Doctors Care providers can create a network of excellent care options that will put the patient in the proper facility for the appropriate level of care.

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About UCA

The UCA represents the largest membership of urgent care centers and the multi-disciplinary individuals working with and for the urgent care industry in the United States. For additional information about the UCA Accreditation, please visit ucaoa.org or call 877-698-2262.

About Doctors Care, P.A.

Doctors Care urgent care is a leading health care organization focused on delivering exceptional and convenient urgent care, family care and occupational health services. Its original center, opened in Columbia in 1981, was the first urgent care center in South Carolina. Now, Doctors Care is one of the largest urgent care companies in the United States, with more than 1,000 employees. Its network of 54 urgent care locations continues to expand to serve patients with quality medical care that is both convenient and affordable. All Doctors Care centers offer online check-in, real-time patient volumes, onsite dispensing, flexible hours, onsite X-ray and laboratory, telehealth services and more. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.