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Doctors Care and Tidelands Health announce regional affiliation

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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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2021

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Doctors Care
Stephanie Hooker
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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

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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 MUSC Health announce regional affiliation to improve health care access

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2019

Media Contacts:

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

MUSC Health
Heather Woolwine
[email protected]
843-792-7669

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

Charleston, S.C. – Doctors Care, P.A. (Doctors Care) and MUSC Health have agreed to an affiliation to provide patients with increased access to primary care, urgent care, specialty care and emergency care throughout the Lowcountry and Grand Strand regions of South Carolina.

The affiliation between the two long-established health organizations builds further on an existing relationship and represents a sustained commitment to offer the best access, value and comprehensive care for coastal South Carolina residents.

The primary goal of the new affiliation is to help patients to make the best decisions when choosing the most appropriate setting from which to seek medical care. An urgent care center provides same-day, affordable treatment for patients who require care for illnesses like colds and flu or minor injuries that are not life-threatening. The vast network of Doctors Care centers, all of which offer walk-in service, will help MUSC Health decrease unnecessary visits to its emergency rooms and provide patients with an easier transition to specialty services as needed. Both organizations have launched educational efforts to assist staff and patients when making decisions about where to seek treatment.

“This collaborative effort strengthens the relationship we’ve already built with MUSC as a health care partner in the Charleston region and our commitment to serving patients in those communities.” said Curtis Franke, M.D., president and chief medical officer of Doctors Care. “We look forward to growing the footprint of our affiliation to include the entire coastal region of the state and working hand in hand with MUSC to increase access to all levels of treatment for residents in these regions.”

The new affiliation is effective immediately and includes 10 Doctors Care urgent care locations in the Tri-county Charleston region and 9 Doctors Care urgent care locations on the coast from Georgetown to Little River.

“Access to health care resources is a top patient concern,” said MUSC Health Primary Care Integrated Center of Clinical Excellence chief Terrence E. Steyer, M.D. “We are pleased to work collaboratively with our colleagues at Doctors Care to provide education and information to help patients make the best care decisions possible. Our goal is to improve the health of South Carolinians by working together.”

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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 MUSC Health

As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care available, while training generations of competent, compassionate health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Comprising some 1,600 beds, more than 100 outreach sites, the MUSC College of Medicine, the physicians’ practice plan and nearly 275 telehealth locations, MUSC Health owns and operates eight hospitals situated in Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion counties. In 2019, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit http://muschealth.org.

Founded in 1824, MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of $3 billion. The more than 17,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers and scientists who deliver groundbreaking education, research, technology and patient care. For information on academic programs, visit musc.edu.

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

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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

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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)

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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.

Doctors Care opens newest location on Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital campus

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2018

Media Contacts:

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

Tammie Epps
Palmetto Health
[email protected]
803-318-1598

Doctors Care opens newest location on Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital campus

Columbia, S.C. – Doctors Care P.A., South Carolina’s largest urgent care company, opened its 54th urgent care location this week on the campus of Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge. Doctors Care Parkridge, located at 100 Palmetto Health Parkway, Suite 104, is inside the medical office building on the campus. The facility is open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Doctors Care and Palmetto Health have recently collaborated to provide Midlands residents the very best access to appropriate health care – when and where they need it. The collaboration includes Doctors Care’s network of 14 urgent care locations in the Midlands for acute care needs, and the extensive network of providers in Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative for extended and specialized care.

According to Curtis Franke, M.D., acting president and chief medical officer of Doctors Care, this newest location is the lynchpin to the newly expanded relationship between the two health care entities. He said, “We are fortunate to work with such respected providers and support staff at Palmetto Health, and think our Midlands patients will realize a significant benefit from this thoughtful collaboration. Opening our newest location on the Baptist Parkridge campus will allow us to better serve a rapidly growing community, and will be an exceptionally convenient location to thousands of daily commuters — just a stone’s throw from I-26.”

Doctors Care Parkridge offers a convenient treatment option for acute health care needs for individuals and families. It contains five exam rooms plus in-office laboratory, spacious accommodations and ample parking.

Services available at Doctors Care include:

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

For more information about Doctors Care locations, visit their website at DoctorsCare.com.

For information about Palmetto Health, visit PalmettoHealth.org.

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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 nearly 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, flexible hours, onsite X-ray and laboratory, telehealth services and more. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.

About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 14,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The 1,439-bed system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands – Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital with Greenville Health System. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in nearly 100 practices and more than 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 26 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273).

Doctors Care, P.A. and Palmetto Health announce collaboration to increase health care access

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2018

Media Contacts:

Jill Armbruster
[email protected]
803-726-4726

Tammie Epps
[email protected]
803-318-1598

Doctors Care, P.A. and Palmetto Health announce collaboration to increase health care access

Columbia, S.C. – Doctors Care, P.A. (Doctors Care) and Palmetto Health, both headquartered in Columbia, have agreed to collaborate to provide patients with greater, seamless access to urgent care, including after hours and on weekends, throughout the Midlands.

The agreement builds on an existing strong relationship between the two health care organizations, and represents a sustained commitment to offer the best value, most comprehensive and appropriate care for Midlands residents. The new relationship will extend to 14 existing Doctors Care locations in the Midlands region, and will complement the extensive footprint of Palmetto Health.

“Our shared goal is to provide patients with the best option for their health care needs, whether that’s one of our urgent care centers, a medical home or a specialist at Palmetto Health,” said Curtis Franke, M.D., acting president and chief medical officer of Doctors Care.

The relationship between Palmetto Health and Doctors Care started in 2015 when Doctors Care became a member of the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative (PHQC), the Palmetto Health clinically integrated network.

John Singerling, Palmetto Health President, added, “In our ongoing quest to improve the patient experience, we are excited to announce our expanded relationship with Doctors Care. We want to provide our patients with increased access to high-quality, affordable urgent care – when and where they need it. We believe this relationship helps us meet those needs. Our collaboration is complementary to and aligned with the excellent providers in Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative.”

The first phase of the collaboration will include the integration of electronic medical record systems and co-branding of the Midland region Doctors Care locations. The medical record integration will allow timely communication between the two organizations to help ensure a full continuum of care for patients. Doctors Care will assume operations of the Palmetto Health Urgent Care Center on the Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge campus. While the new arrangement involves medical records integration and co-branding, in Doctors Care offices, both entities remain as independent organizations.

Franke added, “Our urgent care centers offer patients the utmost convenience since we don’t require appointments and we’re open nights and weekends. We also recognize that Palmetto Health provides a level of specialized care that many of our urgent care patients need. This collaboration delivers the best of both worlds.”

The primary focus of the collaboration will be to help patients make wise decisions when choosing the most appropriate setting to seek medical care. An urgent care center provides a fast and affordable treatment option for patients who require non-life threatening care for illnesses like colds, flu or minor injuries. This network of access for walk-in service will help Palmetto Health decrease unnecessary visits to its emergency rooms, and provide patients an easier transition to specialty services. Both organizations will launch internal education campaigns and external communications to assist staff and patients when making decisions about where to seek treatment. The collaboration will begin immediately, and consumers can expect to see co-branded signage and materials in Doctors Care offices this spring.

For more information about Doctors Care locations, visit their website at doctorscare.com.

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 nearly 1,000 employees. Its network of 53 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, flexible hours, onsite X-ray and laboratory, telehealth services and more. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.

About Palmetto Health

Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region and one of the state’s largest employers, comprises more than 14,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s Vision: To be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The 1,439-bed system includes six acute-care hospitals in the Midlands – Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Tuomey. In the South Carolina Upstate region, Palmetto Health also co-owns Baptist Easley Hospital with Greenville Health System. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, the system also includes the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the region’s largest multispecialty group, which serves as the entry point to the health care system with more than 500 providers serving patients in nearly 100 practices and more than 100 locations. Palmetto Health also is supported by two 501 (c)(3) foundations, and trains the next generation of physicians through its 26 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit PalmettoHealth.org or call 803-296-CARE (2273).

Doctors Care Celebrates Newest Location in Upstate with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Mauldin, 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 Mauldin. This is the company’s 52nd urgent care location in South Carolina. The state-of-the-art facility is located on East Butler Road, just down from Mauldin High School. Mauldin was selected for the newest location because of the region’s unprecedented growth – the 7th fastest growing city in the state – and increased need for access to health care services, seven days a week. This is the ninth Doctors Care location in the Upstate, and the first urgent care of any kind to be built in the Mauldin area.

According to Dr. Thomas Gibbons, President of Doctors Care, the new location will bring much needed services to support health care demands of the booming region.

“For almost four decades now, our medical professionals have provided quality care – that is also convenient — to families and employers across South Carolina. We can see your family today, and we can provide your family great value in the healthcare space,” Gibbons said.  “This newest Upstate location is a testament of our long-term commitment to these values and the communities we’ve always served.

As part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, a one-thousand dollar check was presented to Mauldin High School, which is located a few doors down from the Doctors Care location. School Principal Mike Peake was on hand to accept the check. The City of Mauldin Mayor, Dennis Raines, was also on hand to assist with the ribbon cutting and welcome the business to the community.

The new Doctors Care Mauldin location is more than 4,300 s/f, contains eight exam rooms plus trauma space, onsite laboratory and X-ray rooms, and spacious accommodations with modern finishes.

Services available at this Doctors Care include:

  • Urgent care, minor surgical procedures (sprains, fractures, lacerations, accident evaluation, burns, etc.)
  • Family care (such as physicals, X-rays, blood work and colds/strep/flu care)
  • Vaccinations (including tetanus, flu, pneumonia, hepatitis B, etc.)
  • Occupational health and workers’ compensation
  • Online check-in for any location, virtual visits at DoctorsCare.com/Anywhere
  • New! Hearing services and discounted hearing aids

The Mauldin facility is located at 793 East Butler Road, next door to Bojangles restaurant. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Doctors Care
Doctors Care, now celebrating its 36th year in business, is a leading health care organization focused on delivering exceptional and convenient urgent care, family care and occupational health services. Its original clinic, 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 52 clinic locations continues to expand to serve patients who want quality health care that’s also convenient and reasonably priced. Doctors Care centers offer online check-in, flexible hours, on-site X-rays and laboratory services, telehealth access and more. DoctorsCare.com