Crain’s Health Pulse
September 30, 2014
NSLIJ Gets Into Urgent Care
The North Shore-LIJ Health System has partnered with California-based GoHealth Urgent Care to open 50 clinics in Long Island and New York City. The first two locations, in Massapequa and in Forest Hills, Queens, are set to open in November. The upstarts will have to compete with about 150 urgent-care centers on the Island, including ProHEALTH, based in Lake Success, and PM Pediatrics, based in Syosset. But on a per-capita basis, “in New York patients actually have less access to urgent care than they have elsewhere in the country,” said Dr. Si France, chief executive of GoHealth. “And there's not a strong availability of urgent-care centers that are seamlessly linked with the rest of their care providers.” Dr. France hopes that the NSLIJ brand name and the clinics’ integration with patients’ other providers will attract patients. “If you’ve been to a specialist at NSLIJ or the ED, they’d have access to the same medical record in the urgent-care center,” he said. The partnership is the first time three-year-old GoHealth has teamed up with a large health care system, and also the company’s first East Coast venture. GoHealth plans to build 50 clinics within three to five years, Dr. France said.
September 28, 2014
Urgent Care Centers Booming on LI