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

By News

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.

Friday, Sept. 6, 9:45 a.m. Update

By Hurricane Dorian
DC Midlands East Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Sumter OPEN OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm OPEN
DC Midlands West Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Orangeburg OPEN OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm OPEN
DC Grand Strand Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Carolina Forest OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED 9am – 8pm
Conway 501 OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED CLOSED
Georgetown OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED CLOSED
Hoffmeyer Road OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED OPEN
Little River OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED CLOSED
Market Common OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED 12pm – 8pm
Murrells Inlet OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED 12pm – 8pm
North Myrtle Beach OPEN 8am – 1pm 8am – 1pm CLOSED 12pm – 8pm
South Irby OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED OPEN
Strand Medical OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED 12pm – 8pm
Surfside OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED CLOSED
DC Lowcountry Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Beaufort OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED CLOSED 12pm – 8pm
Bluffton 8am – 12pm CLOSED 8am – 11:30am CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Charleston West OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 4pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Clements Ferry OPEN CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Dorchester Road OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Hilton Head CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Ivy Hall OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED CLOSED 10am – 8pm
James Island OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 1pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Moncks Corner OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Mount Pleasant OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 11:30am CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Northwoods OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 4pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Summerville OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
West Ashley OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
PPT Grand Strand Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Murrells Inlet OPEN OPEN OPEN CLOSED CLOSED
North Myrtle Beach OPEN OPEN OPEN CLOSED CLOSED
South Irby OPEN OPEN OPEN CLOSED OPEN
Strand OPEN OPEN 7:30am – 5pm CLOSED CLOSED
PPT Lowcountry Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Beaufort OPEN OPEN CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Bluffton OPEN CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Charleston West OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED CLOSED
Clements Ferry OPEN CLOSED 8am – 12pm CLOSED CLOSED
Mount Pleasant OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED CLOSED
Northwoods OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED CLOSED
Summerville OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED CLOSED
Tricom OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED CLOSED

 

Thursday, Sept. 5, 5:00 p.m. Update

By Hurricane Dorian

Hoping everyone is staying safe and dry as we weather the storm. A few things to know as we wait out the end of the storm:

  • Please keep in contact with your manager to let them know that you’re safe, and to let them know if you’re available to work.
  • Our goal is to open as many centers as possible on Friday and Saturday so that we can serve the communities in which we live and work. Many people will be coming back into town after long disruptions, and we are in a good position to help as needed.
  • We are extremely appreciative to everyone for being flexible during this period of time. We like to think of our employees as among the most dedicated and compassionate around, and it’s during situations like this that you demonstrate those very qualities – thank you.
DC Midlands East Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Sumter OPEN OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm OPEN
DC Midlands West Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Orangeburg OPEN OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm OPEN
DC Grand Strand Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Carolina Forest OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED 9am – 8pm
Conway 501 OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED CLOSED
Georgetown OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED CLOSED
Hoffmeyer Road OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED OPEN
Little River OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED CLOSED
Market Common OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED CLOSED
Murrells Inlet OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED CLOSED
North Myrtle Beach OPEN 8am – 1pm 8am – 1pm CLOSED CLOSED
South Irby OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED OPEN
Strand Medical OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED CLOSED
Surfside OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED CLOSED
DC Lowcountry Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Beaufort OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Bluffton 8am – 12pm CLOSED 8am – 11:30am CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Charleston West OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 4pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Clements Ferry OPEN CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Dorchester Road OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Hilton Head CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Ivy Hall OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED CLOSED 10am – 8pm
James Island OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 1pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Moncks Corner OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Mount Pleasant OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 11:30am CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Northwoods OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 4pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
Summerville OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED 10am – 8pm
West Ashley OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED CLOSED 10am – 8pm
PPT Grand Strand Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Murrells Inlet OPEN OPEN OPEN CLOSED CLOSED
North Myrtle Beach OPEN OPEN OPEN CLOSED CLOSED
South Irby OPEN OPEN OPEN CLOSED OPEN
Strand OPEN OPEN 7:30am – 5pm CLOSED CLOSED
PPT Lowcountry Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Beaufort OPEN OPEN CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Bluffton OPEN CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Charleston West OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED 10am – 5pm
Clements Ferry OPEN CLOSED 8am – 12pm CLOSED CLOSED
Mount Pleasant OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED 10am – 5pm
Northwoods OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED 10am – 5pm
Summerville OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED 10am – 5pm
Tricom OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED CLOSED

 

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 4:00 p.m. Update

By Hurricane Dorian

Operations in the Lowcountry and Myrtle Beach area continue to be disrupted as Hurricane Dorian nears.  Your manager should be your initial point of contact for any specific operational questions.  The listing below is currently our anticipated hours for Wednesday, September 4. We appreciate your dedication and commitment to our patients.  Of course your safety and security is of utmost importance – please communicate with your manager if you have any concerns as we continue to balance serving our patients and keeping all of our employees safe.

DC Grand Strand Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Carolina Forest OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED
Conway 501 OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED
Georgetown OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED
Hoffmeyer Road OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED
Little River OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED
Market Common OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED
Murrells Inlet OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED
North Myrtle Beach OPEN 8am – 1pm 8am – 1pm CLOSED
South Irby OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED
Strand Medical OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED
Surfside OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm CLOSED
DC Lowcountry Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Beaufort OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED CLOSED
Bluffton 8am – 12pm CLOSED 8am – 11:30am CLOSED
Charleston West OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 4pm CLOSED
Clements Ferry OPEN CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Dorchester Road OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED
Hilton Head CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Ivy Hall OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED CLOSED
James Island OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 1pm CLOSED
Moncks Corner OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED
Mount Pleasant OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 11:30am CLOSED
Northwoods OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 4pm CLOSED
Summerville OPEN OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED
West Ashley OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED CLOSED
PPT Grand Strand Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Murrells Inlet OPEN OPEN OPEN CLOSED
North Myrtle Beach OPEN OPEN OPEN CLOSED
South Irby OPEN OPEN OPEN CLOSED
Strand OPEN OPEN 7:30am – 5pm CLOSED
PPT Lowcountry Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5 Friday, 9/6 Saturday, 9/7
Beaufort OPEN OPEN CLOSED CLOSED
Bluffton OPEN CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Charleston West OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED
Clements Ferry OPEN CLOSED 8am – 12pm CLOSED
Mount Pleasant OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED
Northwoods OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED
Summerville OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED
Tricom OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED

 

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 5:00 p.m. Update

By Hurricane Dorian

Operations in the Lowcountry and Myrtle Beach area continue to be disrupted as Hurricane Dorian nears.  Your manager should be your initial point of contact for any specific operational questions.  The listing below is currently our anticipated hours for Wednesday, September 4. We appreciate your dedication and commitment to our patients.  Of course your safety and security is of utmost importance – please communicate with your manager if you have any concerns as we continue to balance serving our patients and keeping all of our employees safe.

DC Grand Strand/Pee Dee Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5
Carolina Forest OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm
Conway 501 OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm
Georgetown OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm
Hoffmeyer Road OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm
Little River OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm
Market Common OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm
Murrells Inlet OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm
North Myrtle Beach OPEN 8am – 1pm 8am – 1pm
South Irby OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm
Strand Medical OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm
Surfside OPEN OPEN 8am – 2pm
DC Lowcountry Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5
Beaufort OPEN 8am – 4pm CLOSED
Bluffton 8am – 12pm CLOSED 8am – 11:30am
Charleston West OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 5pm
Clements Ferry OPEN CLOSED CLOSED
Dorchester Road OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm
Hilton Head CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
Ivy Hall OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED
James Island OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 1pm
Moncks Corner OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm
Mount Pleasant OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 11:30am
Northwoods OPEN 8am – 5pm 8am – 5pm
Summerville OPEN OPEN 8am – 5pm
West Ashley OPEN 8am – 5pm CLOSED
PPT Grand Strand Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5
Murrells Inlet OPEN OPEN OPEN
North Myrtle Beach OPEN OPEN OPEN CLOSED
South Irby OPEN OPEN OPEN
Strand OPEN OPEN 7:30am – 5pm CLOSED
PPT Lowcountry Monday, 9/2 Tuesday, 9/3 Wednesday, 9/4 Thursday, 9/5
Beaufort OPEN OPEN CLOSED
Bluffton OPEN CLOSED CLOSED
Charleston West OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED
Clements Ferry OPEN CLOSED 8am – 12pm CLOSED
Mount Pleasant OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED
Northwoods OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED
Summerville OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED
Tricom OPEN OPEN 8am – 12pm CLOSED

Hurricane Dorian Update

By Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian continues to move towards the state, the safety of employees is our top concern. Just as the state is prepared to dispatch emergency services, we are preparing on our end as well.

 

Here are things you need to know at this time:

  • Please stay in contact with your center manager regarding any closures or abbreviated hours. If you feel you cannot safely get to or from work, please contact your manager.
  • Facilities teams have already been sent to our most vulnerable centers to assist with storm proofing and safety precautions.
  • Please double-check your personal profile in Paycor profile to make sure it lists your current cell phone number. This will allow us to send emergency SMS text alerts and provide all employees with immediate information regarding any storm activity and company decisions.
  • We are closely monitoring the hurricane’s movement and will provide additional support as needed and appropriate
  • We will continue to have daily calls with center managers and regional management to be sure we are providing adequate support and sharing pertinent updates.

 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this period of time, it is greatly appreciated and certainly recognized. Stay safe!

New Doctors Care Offers Convenient Services for USC, Shandon, Rosewood Residents

By News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 27, 2018
Contact: Jill Armbruster
Email: [email protected]

New Doctors Care Offers Convenient Services for USC, Shandon, Rosewood Residents

Columbia, 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 center in Columbia – the company’s 54th location in South Carolina.

Doctors Care Shandon, on the corner of Harden Street and Rosewood Drive, is conveniently located near many of Columbia downtown neighborhoods, several grade schools and the University of South Carolina. This is the 13th Doctors Care location in the central Midlands, and the fifth new location that Doctors Care has opened in less than a year.

Dr. Curtis Franke, acting president and chief medical officer of Doctors Care, said the new location was built to replace an outdated facility about a mile away, and strategically located to bring modern, affordable health care to the heart of Columbia’s downtown residential and university districts.

“This one is special for us – it’s in our own backyard,” Franke said. “We started in Columbia nearly four decades ago, and our headquarters are located just up Harden Street from here. We have treated generations of families in this area, and it gives us great pride to build this beautiful new facility to continue to serve even more generations and new families. We can see your family today, and we provide a great value and convenience in the health care space.”

As part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a check was presented to support the installation of public art and beautification projects along the retail corridor between the Shandon and Rosewood neighborhoods. One Columbia for Arts and History Executive Director Lee Snelgrove, and the Rosewood Merchants Association Executive Director Dave Britt, were on hand to accept the check.

“One Columbia is pleased to be a partner on yet another major public art project that brings a community-minded business in collaboration with a merchant’s association and neighborhood residents,” Snelgrove said.
According to Britt, the construction of Doctors Care Shandon also has inspired renewed interested in investment and property enhancements.

“The Rosewood Merchants Association is excited to welcome Doctors Care to the neighborhood, and appreciates the gracious donation toward art and beautification,” Britt said. “They are creating a great partnership between their business and the community with a gesture that is truly outstanding, exciting and unique. These future projects will be an awesome addition to one of Columbia’s most unique and beloved areas.”

Doctors Care Shandon is more than 4,300 square feet, with eight exam rooms plus trauma space, on-site laboratory and X-ray rooms, and spacious accommodations with modern finishes.

Services available at this Doctors Care include:

  • Online check-in, plus virtual visits at DoctorsCare.com/Anywhere
  • Urgent care, minor procedures (including sprains, fractures, lacerations and burns)
  • Family care (children’s physicals, X-rays, blood work and colds/strep/flu care, etc.)
  • Vaccinations (including tetanus, flu, pneumonia, hepatitis B)
  • College student discounts

The new facility’s address is 2601 Rosewood Drive. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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About Doctors Care, P.A.
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. Visit DoctorsCare.com to learn more.

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

By News

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

By News

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