HCA, CareSpot to partner once again

Kansas City, Mo.-based HCA Midwest Health System and CareSpot, headquartered in Brentwood, announced Thursday they have established a joint venture to bring as many as six urgent care centers to the greater Kansas City area starting in early 2013 and continuing throughout the year.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The pairing follows a similar move the two companies announced in June. Under that agreement, HCA entity TriStar Health and CareSpot, which was founded in Florida by former Columbia HCA boss and current Florida Gov. Rick Scott, will partner with HCA's regional division to stem the tide of unnecessary emergency room visits (read more here).

"Urgent care is an important aspect of HCA Midwest Health System's vision to provide our community with a quality, comprehensive health system," M.L. Lagarde, president of HCA Midwest, said in a release. "Our expertise as a health network can best bridge the continuum of care between urgent, primary and acute care. Our partner, CareSpot, has a proven track record of delivering a highly convenient, less expensive alternative to emergency room visits for non-emergency injuries and illnesses.”

The new urgent care centers will offer health care services to treat non-emergent medical problems.

With nearly 500,000 patient visits each year, CareSpot operates 30 urgent care centers in Florida. The company employs more than 500 people and plans to double in size over the next 18 months.