Community Health Systems will convert a Pennsylvania hospital into an urgent care and outpatient services center opening July 1, The Times-Tribune reports.
The news follows last week's announcement that the Brentwood-based company similarly plans to turn a Brownsville, Tenn. hospital into an urgent care facility by August. Mid-Valley Hospital, in Peckville, Penn., is part of CHS's Commonwealth Health eight-hospital network, which plans to invest $2 million into the urgent care conversion. Both Mid-Valley and Haywood Park in Brownsville cited steep admission drops in the last five years.
"These are challenging times for all hospitals and we must evolve and adjust to new realities. Urgent care and outpatient services are the most used at our facility and our investment will support this community need," Ann Marie Stevens, Mid-Valley CEO, said in a statement.
Nashville-based IngagePatient announced Wednesday a partnership with ASAP Urgent Care, a start-up urgent care provider in Connecticut. Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed in a release, IngagePatient will provide a web-based engagement platform to be integrated with ASAP's EHR and practice management system.
"We are excited to be chosen as the exclusive patient engagement platform for ASAP Urgent Care in a growing health care delivery segment," said Justin Neece, IngagePatient COO.
The patient engagement company provides online tools — such as virtual check-in, patient registration and satisfaction surveys — that are intended to reduce administrative time and improve patient experience.
"IngagePatient helps us to differentiate our care delivery in line with our mission and focus," said Dr. Lawrence Earl, ASAP chief medical officer. "Our technology platform leverages our team to provide real engagement and strengthen relationships."
Brentwood-based urgent care provider CareSpot Express and Florida-based Baptist Health announced today the expansion of two new jointly-owned care centers in the Jacksonville area.
The new facilities bring the total of jointly owned centers in North Florida to 13 through the companies' 2010 agreement. The affiliated care centers also provide continuity of care for patients of both CareSpot and Baptist, since clinicians now have electronic access to patient care information between the two providers.
"Together, CareSpot and Baptist Health are creating a total brand experience that delivers on the promise of quality, convenient and affordable health care," said Michael Klein, CareSpot CEO, in a release.
CareSpot partnered with HCA Midwest Health System in 2012 in a similar effort to expand urgent care clinics in the Kansas City area.
The first CareSpot location in partnership with HCA Midwest Health System has opened in Overland Park, Kansas. CareSpot, which is based in Brentwood, plans to develop at least four other centers to be opened by the end of 2013 within the Greater Kansas City area. Read more here.
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