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By Hurricane Irma

Tuesday 9/12, 10 a.m. update:

All evacuation orders have been lifted for barrier islands as of 10 a.m. this morning by the South Carolina Governor. At this point, our Bluffton and Hilton Head Island locations will remain closed until further notice while conditions are assessed, and our Beaufort location is open today until 6pm. Please check back here for updated information, or call our toll free number before you decide to come (888-843-3719). Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected communities across the South this week.

By Hurricane Irma

Monday 9/11, 3 p.m. update:

Out of an abundance of caution for our employees and patients, we are closing all of our locations at 6 p.m. tonight to allow for safe travel home. We anticipate full hours of operations for nearly all locations tomorrow, with the exception of a few Lowcountry centers. Per the current evacuation orders still in place by Governor McMaster for Jasper, Beaufort and Colleton Counties, our Hilton Head Island, Beaufort and Bluffton locations will remain closed until further notice. Please check back here for updated information, or call our toll free number before you decide to visit one of our locations (888-843-3719).  Stay safe out there!

By Hurricane Irma

Sunday 9/10, 3 p.m. update:

After discussing with management teams, we will be closing the entire Lowcountry region on Monday, September 11th. Sustained winds of 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph, 5-8 inches of rain, and tornado warnings have led to concern for the safety of staff travel.

All offices will have regular hours Tuesday, with the exception of Hilton Head, which will remain closed (island closed until 10 am on Tuesday). Beaufort may have abbreviated hours, and Bluffton may close due to provider shortage.

By Hurricane Irma

Saturday 9/9, 8 p.m. update:

Per Governor McMaster’s order of mandatory evacuation, our clinics in Hilton Head, Beaufort and Bluffton will be closed on Saturday, 9/9, and Sunday, 9/10. Additional closings could be announced or prolonged.

Please keep your families safe and communicate with your local operations team regarding closures. This situation could change at any time. If weather or traffic conditions make it unsafe for you to get to work, please stay home or in a safe place, and notify your operations and management teams (UCI staff please communicate with your center managers and ROMs, providers please communicate with your RMDs). A large risk still exists for significant travel/traffic issues in the Lowcountry.  If we are able to do so, we will safely open to serve the communities in which we operate.

 

For information on the hurricane’s current path, please refer to these links:

http://www.wistv.com/story/29909681/tropical-system-track

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/204302.shtml?tswind120

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.

Doctors Care Opens Newest Location in Market Common

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Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Doctors Care P.A., South Carolina’s largest urgent care company, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest urgent and family care center in Myrtle Beach. The state-of-the-art Doctors Care medical facility is located on the corner of Farrow Parkway and Fred Nash Boulevard, inside the Farrow Commons Shopping Center, adjacent to the new WalMart Neighborhood Market. The development is part Myrtle Beach’s upscale urban village known as Market Common. Doctors Care selected this location to best serve the growing area with convenient access to urgent and family care services, seven days a week.

According to Dr. Thomas Gibbons, president and chief medical officer, the new Doctors Care center will enhance efforts to address the health care needs of the booming Grand Strand region.

“For 35 years now, our medical professionals have been dedicated to providing quality, convenient care to families and employers across South Carolina – and this newest Myrtle Beach 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 have the opportunity to grow with the region, and continue to expand as more families move to the area.”

The new Doctors Care Market Common 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 appointments.
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 (such as sun burns, IV fluids for dehydration, insect bites, etc.)
  • Vaccinations (including tetanus, flu, pneumonia, hepatitis and travel)
  • Occupational health and workers’ compensation
  • Online check-in so you can wait where you want.

The new Market Common facility is located at 2761 Agnes Lane, on the corner of Farrow Parkway and Fred Nash Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, 29577. Hours of operation are Sunday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

Doctors Care Becomes First Urgent Care in SC to Offer Telemedicine Services

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See one of our doctors within minutes, using your computer, phone, or tablet

Columbia, S.C. – Doctors Care P.A., South Carolina’s largest urgent care company, has developed and launched its own direct-to-consumer telemedicine platform to provide direct access to its doctors from a mobile device or computer. The program, called Doctors Care Anywhere, was launched in April. It lets patients receive care from board-certified providers using a secure video connection on a smartphone or computer.

Doctors Care will continue to grow its network of 55 brick-and-mortar urgent care centers around the state, but this online option expands patients’ access to its provider network. The launch of this direct-to-consumer program follows a successful two-year in-center telemedicine program that’s still used to minimize wait times in the company’s busiest locations.

The Doctors Care Anywhere platform is scalable to accommodate future growth outside the State, lightweight in structure to cleanly layer with existing clinical applications, and is HIPAA-compliant. Telemedicine patients can access records of their virtual visits through the patient portal at DoctorsCare.com, just as they can after a regular clinic visit.

Doctors Care providers staff the online network and practice in the centers. They can refer patients to brick-and-mortar locations for conditions that may require additional care – including lab tests and X-rays. Doctors Care and UCI Medical Affiliates, the non-medical management company for Doctors Care, worked with local South Carolina developers, Indesign Firm, and multinational Fortune 500 telecommunications company Cisco to develop their proprietary telemedicine platform and leverage existing infrastructure strengths.

“It was important to us to use local talent, and the best technology in the nation, to build a product that would represent the quality and consistency of the Doctors Care brand,” said David Boucher, president and COO of UCI Medical Affiliates. “This way, we can deliver a better value to our patients and providers. Our 35 years in the urgent care business have taught us to trust our own instincts, and we feel strongly about delivering the best possible experience to our customers.”

“Our patients want convenience and quality,” said Dr. Thomas Gibbons, chief medical officer and president of Doctors Care. “Doctors Care Anywhere gives patients more control by allowing them to see a doctor from wherever they are sitting, without interrupting their workday or having to make arrangements for child care to drive to a clinic. Time and health are valuable commodities. We want to make visits as fast and painless as possible — and provide the same quality care they would receive in one of our centers.”

Any person in South Carolina over the age of 18 can use Doctors Care Anywhere for treatment related to conditions like colds and sinus infections, UTIs, skin rashes, pink eye, acne, sore throats and upset stomach. Currently, payments are by credit card only, but it is a reimbursable medical expense for HSA, HRA or FSA accounts. To learn more, visit www.DoctorsCare.com/Anywhere.

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, Progressive Physical Therapy Expand Services in Lexington County

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Pictured left to right: Blowie of Lexington County’s Blowfish Baseball Club; David Boucher, president and COO of UCI Medical Affiliates; Mike Stacey, director of human resources for Lexington 1 School District; Dr. Thomas Gibbons, president and chief medical officer of Doctors Care, P.A.

Lexington, S.C. – Doctors Care held ribbon cutting celebrations today to mark the openings of three state-of-the-art facilities to serve the growing Lexington County area:

  • Doctors Care Lexington West, 815 HWY 378 West, located in front of the Publix at Hendrix Crossing
  • Progressive Physical Therapy, a Doctors Care sister company, is also located at the Hendrix Crossing site
  • Doctors Care Hope Ferry, 5224 Sunset Boulevard, located next to Walgreens on Sunset Boulevard at Hope Ferry Road

Doctors Care is South Carolina’s largest urgent care company and one of the largest in the United States. Dr. Thomas Gibbons, president and chief medical officer for Doctors Care, said the new locations will create better access to health care in the booming Lexington region and help meet the evolving needs of its residents.

Thirty-five years ago this company opened its very first urgent care location not far from here – so it’s extremely rewarding to know we’re still growing with the Lexington community, and we’re still serving generations of the same families,” Gibbons said at the Lexington West location. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 35th year in business.

David Boucher, president and chief operating officer of UCI Medical Affiliates, the non-medical management company for both Doctors Care and Progressive Physical Therapy, also spoke at a joint ceremony for Doctors Care Lexington West and Progressive Physical Therapy.

The success of our companies is a reflection of the success of Lexington County and the state of South Carolina – where smart people work hard, continue to innovate, and appreciate their neighbors. It’s an honor to be a part of what’s working,” Boucher said.

Underlining the company’s commitment to the region, staff members of the two companies presented a $500 gift to the Lexington School District One Education Foundation – with the assistance of Blowie, the mascot of the Lexington County Blowfish Baseball Club. Mike Stacey, director of human resources for the District, was on hand to accept the check. The District has partnered with the Blowfish for a school supplies drive later this spring, and the contribution will go towards those efforts and more.

Doctors Care Lexington West encompasses 6,500 square feet. The Hope Ferry Road Doctors Care is more than 4,000 square feet. Both contain multiple exam rooms plus trauma, laboratory and X-ray rooms. In addition to the latest in medical equipment, the facilities enable patients to use online check-in. They receive text messages when it’s time to appear in person. There are now 54 Doctors Care clinics in South Carolina and one in Tennessee.

Progressive Physical Therapy, with 24 facilities in South Carolina, offers specialized treatment with certified physical therapists to help with injury recovery, rehabilitation and pain relief.

About Doctors Care: Doctors Care P.A., founded in 1981, was the first minor emergency medical center in Columbia, S.C. Today, Doctors Care is a premier health care organization operating 54 clinics in South Carolina and one in Tennessee, proudly focused on delivering exceptional urgent care, family care, and occupational health care. Most locations are open evenings and weekends, do not require an appointment, and offer online check-in for added convenience.

About Progressive Physical Therapy: Progressive Physical Therapy, founded in 1986, serves patients at 24 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.