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

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September 10, 2019

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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.

UCI Medical Affiliates Completes New Executive Leadership Team

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April 23, 2019

Jill Armbruster
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UCI Medical Affiliates Completes New Executive Leadership Team

Columbia, S.C. – UCI Medical Affiliates, the nonmedical management company of Doctors Care urgent care and Progressive Physical Therapy, is pleased to announce the completion of its new executive leadership team. The new team aims to usher in a new era of health care excellence.

Jon Belsher, MD, has been selected to lead the organization as president and chief operating officer. Before joining UCI, Belsher served as part of the founding executive team and chief medical officer of MedSpring Urgent Care. He was responsible for clinical services, business operations and employer health services. His vision and leadership helped expand the retail health care company to over 42 centers across five metropolitan markets – Austin, Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Boston. The company also formed a joint venture partnership with Partners HealthCare, parent company of Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In 2014, the company was sold to Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s leading provider of products and services for people with chronic kidney failure.

Belsher is trained in family medicine, internal medicine and critical care medicine and has been board certified in all three areas. He completed his training at the renowned Mayo Clinic. He served as a staff intensivist and assistant professor at Scott & White Healthcare. Belsher is an entrepreneurial physician executive who has been involved in a number of early growth companies involving telemedicine and mobile health care. In addition, he served as a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard for 13 years as flight surgeon, chief of flight medicine and chief of aerospace medicine for the 162nd Fighter Wing. Early in his career, Belsher served as an advance representative for the White House.

Cindy Cameron, CPA, MBA, has been selected as chief financial officer. Prior to joining UCI Medical Affiliates, she served as director of Mergers and Acquisitions for BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. She was responsible for leading mergers and acquisitions activity, select financial reporting and supporting subsidiary growth efforts. Cameron is a certified public accountant. She received her Bachelor of Science in business administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Angela Donovan, MBA, has been selected as senior vice president of Operations. Prior to joining UCI, she served as vice president of Operations and Development for U.S. HealthWorks. She was responsible for operational oversight as well as data and outcome analysis to improve programs and operations. She also oversaw growth through acquisition of clinics, development of training programs, conferences and resource partnerships. Donovan earned her Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University.

Jill Armbruster has been promoted to vice president of Sales and Marketing. She has served as UCI’s marketing director since 2012. Previously she was responsible for brand management, marketing communications, advertising, public relations and product management for the UCI Medical Affiliates family of brands. Her role was expanded to include the Employer Health Services division, composed of Occupational Health and Onsite Wellness sales for employer clients and third party administrators. Before joining UCI, Armbruster worked at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina in the Corporate Marketing Communications department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from Clemson University.

Farrar Stewart, MSHRD, has been selected as director of Human Resources. Stewart is responsible for overseeing the strategic vision, implementation and administration of human resources policies, programs and practices. This includes recruitment, employee onboarding, compensation, benefits, and employee culture and workforce relations. Before joining UCI, Stewart served as human resources director and deputy director of administration and human resources operations at the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. She has been a certified human resources professional since 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Science in human resources development from Villanova University.

As announced previously, Curtis Franke, MD, MBA, was promoted to chief medical officer and president of Doctors Care, P.A. In his new role, Franke oversees the organization’s medical office, which is responsible for clinical outcomes including quality of care and service. Franke started with the company as a staff physician in 2008. He was named regional medical director for the Lowcountry in 2010, managing 13 centers. Board certified in family medicine, Franke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical science at Texas A&M University, and a Doctor of Medicine degree at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was the chief resident of his family practice residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and received a Master of Business Administration from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

Barry Fitch, DPT, MBA, serves as the longstanding chief physical therapist and president of Progressive Physical Therapy, P.A. Fitch served in the U.S. Army as a military translator before obtaining his physical therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. In 1987, he opened his first physical therapy clinic in Columbia, Progressive Physical Therapy Services, which was acquired by UCI Medical Affiliates in 1997. Under Fitch’s leadership, Progressive Physical Therapy has grown to 24 clinics statewide. Fitch earned his Bachelor of Arts from Francis Marion University, a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina, a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine and a Master of Business Administration from Brenau University.

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About UCI Medical Affiliates

UCI Medical Affiliates, founded in 1981 in Columbia, S.C., is the nonmedical management company for a family of businesses that includes Doctors Care urgent care and Progressive Physical Therapy. These businesses employ more than 1,000 people, and serve patients at 82 urgent care, employer onsites and physical therapy centers throughout South Carolina. UCI Medical Affiliates also manages employer on-site medical practices and related occupational health services. The company emphasizes quality care, cost-effective delivery and a close partnership with clients. Visit ucimedinc.com to learn more.

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

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April 5, 2019

Jill Armbruster
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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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March 20, 2019

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

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March 26, 2018

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Jill Armbruster
Doctors Care
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Tammie Epps
Palmetto Health
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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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January 26, 2018

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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

Doctors Care Celebrates Newest Location in Indian Land With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Indian Land, 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 Indian Land. The state-of-the-art medical facility is located on Charlotte Highway, and is part of the Cross Creek shopping center. Doctors Care selected Indian Land for its newest location because of the region’s unprecedented growth and increased need for convenient access to health care services, seven days a week. This is the second Doctors Care location in the area; Doctors Care Rock Hill opened in 2011.

According to Dr. Thomas Gibbons, president and chief medical officer of Doctors Care, the new location will enhance efforts to address the health care demands of the booming Piedmont region.

“For 36 years now, our medical professionals have been dedicated to providing quality care – that’s also convenient – to families and employers across South Carolina, and this newest Indian Land location is an example of our long-term commitment to these values and the communities we’ve always served,” Gibbons said. “We are excited to grow with the region as more families move to the area for the excellent schools and great quality of life.”

As part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, a one thousand dollar check was presented to Indian Land Middle School, which is located directly across from the new Doctors Care location. School principal Chris Thorpe was on hand to accept the check, and said the money will be used for the school’s incoming sixth grader transition program.

The new Doctors Care Indian Land 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 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 colds/strep/flu care)
  • Outdoor Exposure treatment (including IV fluids for dehydration, sunburn and insect bite care etc.)
  • 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

The Indian Land facility is located at 8384 Charlotte Highway, directly in front of the Publix Super Market at Cross Creek in Indian Land. Hours of operation are Sunday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 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 53 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

Through Telemedicine, Doctors Care Reaches Patients in Every SC County

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Columbia, SC – Doctors Care urgent care, founded in Columbia in 1981 as South Carolina’s first urgent care organization, has now seen patients in every county in the state with its telemedicine platform, Doctors Care Anywhere. Providers have completed nearly one-thousand visits with the online app, and nearly 6,000 visits using in-center telemedicine technology.

Doctors Care first launched its telehealth program in 2014, the same year it added online check-in to all of its walk-in clinics across the state. The Doctors Care Anywhere platform, rolled-out in early 2016, was built in-house using local developers. The app allows patients to connect with a Doctors Care physician using a smartphone, tablet or computer – providing an unparalleled level of convenience and access for patients, allowing them to see its providers from the comfort of their home or office. The Doctors Care Anywhere app is available to download for both Apple and Android devices.

“We’ve been a trusted brand in this state for 35 years, and we continue to build new urgent care locations to meet growing population demands,” said Dr. Thomas Gibbons, president of Doctors Care. “Our telemedicine platform was created to offer an additional way for patients to use our services – for those interested in this type of technology and convenience. Convenience is king, and we get it.”

Another priority of the Doctors Care leadership is bringing quality health care to underserved citizens located in rural areas around the state.

“We have many counties with little or no accessible health care available to much of their population,” said David Boucher, president of UCI Medical Affiliates, the non-medical management company of Doctors Care.

“Our goal was twofold: First, to add a new level of convenience for our existing, loyal patients. Second, to provide access to people who don’t have a good option nearby or who may be homebound. We believe all our citizens should have access to quality health care, and this is one way we can be a part of the solution.”

Since launching the telemedicine platform in early 2016, Doctors Care has served nearly one thousand patients, from all 46 counties in South Carolina. Physicians are able to treat a variety of non-complex illnesses, from colds and sinus infections to skin rashes and ear infections.

“Our telemedicine physicians are able to see, speak and interact with patients using highly secure connections to make diagnoses,” Gibbons said. “A major advantage we have over national telemedicine providers is we can refer complex or questionable cases to one of our 52 free-standing locations around the state. This is a continuum of care that differentiates Doctors Care from all of our primary care and urgent care competitors in South Carolina.”

About Doctors Care
Doctors Care, now celebrating its 35th 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 53 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. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.
 
About UCI Medical Affiliates
UCI Medical Affiliates, founded in Columbia, S.C., is celebrating its 35th year as a non-medical management company. It provides administrative support to its family of businesses, including Doctors Care, Progressive Physical Therapy and Doctors Wellness Center. These businesses serve patients and clients at approximately 80 freestanding urgent care and physical therapy clinics throughout South Carolina and Tennessee. UCI Medical Affiliates also manages employer on-site medical practices and related occupational health services. They emphasize quality care, cost-effective delivery and a close partnership with clients. Visit UCImedInc.com to learn more.

Doctors Care Now Offers Low-Cost Hearing Exams, Hearing Aid Discounts

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Columbia, S.C. – Doctors Care urgent care, the largest urgent care provider group in South Carolina, has partnered with TruHearing to begin offering low-cost hearing exams and name-brand hearing aids at significantly discounted prices. Five Doctors Care locations now offer these specialized audiology consultations by state-accredited hearing instrument specialists and audiologists.

“As a company that’s been around for 35 years now, it’s always exciting when we have the opportunity to expand our services to the families we already care for,” said David Boucher, president and COO of UCI Medical Affiliates, the nonmedical management company for Doctors Care. “And our location coverage in South Carolina makes us the most convenient provider for hearing aid service and maintenance. Our patients will always have close access to the care they need no matter where they are in the state.”

The Doctors Care hearing aid program uses a fixed-price model for its devices, which is uncommon in the industry and guarantees consistent and fair prices for patients. Through the TruHearing network, Doctors Care patients can expect to save an average of $1,780 per pair of hearing aids, compared to the national retail average. Prices for many models are listed on the Doctors Care website.

For patients with hearing loss, the right hearing aids can greatly enhance their quality of life, said Elisha Dominick, hearing program director for Doctors Care.

“We know that nearly 25 percent of Americans aged 65 to 74 ‑ and 50 percent of those who are 75 and older ‑ have disabling hearing loss, Dominick said. “Our affordable, high-quality devices can equip you to confidently and fully engage with co-workers, friends and family again. That’s the most satisfying part of what we do here.”

Through the TruHearing network, Doctors Care sells hundreds of models from the leading hearing aid manufacturers. Even its standard-level models are rated higher than typical entry-level hearing aids from other providers, while the discounted pricing helps to keep these top-rated devices affordable.

“Ultimately, our goal is to always provide the most convenient, high-quality care for generations of families,” added Boucher. “And at the end of the day, we want to make sure the families we serve are able to live their healthiest and happiest lives.”

Doctors Care has plans to expand its program to more locations later this year. Please visit DoctorsCare.com/Hearing to learn more.

About Doctors Care
Doctors Care, now celebrating its 35th 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 53 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. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.

About UCI Medical Affiliates
UCI Medical Affiliates was founded in Columbia, S.C., as a nonmedical management company in 1981. It provides administrative support to its family of businesses, including Doctors Care, Progressive Physical Therapy and Doctors Wellness Center. These businesses serve patients and clients at approximately 80 freestanding urgent care and physical therapy clinics throughout South Carolina and Tennessee. UCI Medical Affiliates also manages employer on-site medical practices and related occupational health services. Visit UCImedInc.com to learn more.

About TruHearing
TruHearing provides exclusive discounts on the latest hearing aid technology to members of select health plans nationwide. TruHearing works with a contracted network of more than 3,000 hearing professionals to deliver personalized service and fitting. Founded in 2003 and based in Utah, TruHearing’s pricing is not available to the general public. Individuals can access TruHearing programs through participating health plans and providers. For more information, visit www.truhearing.com.