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Doctors Care Opens Second New Lexington Location

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Lexington, S.C. – Doctors Care P.A., South Carolina’s largest urgent care company, is pleased to announce the opening of its second urgent and family care center in Lexington since January. The state-of-the-art Doctors Care Hope Ferry medical facility has replaced the West Columbia location to better serve the community with convenient access to expanded services.

The new facility is located next to the Walgreens on Sunset Boulevard at Hope Ferry Road. The over 4,000-square-foot facility contains multiple exam rooms plus trauma, laboratory and X-ray rooms. According to Dr. Thomas Gibbons, chief medical director, the new Doctors Care center will enhance efforts to address the modern health care needs of the growing Lexington community.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to expand our services to a second location in Lexington in less than two months. For 35 years now, our medical professionals have been dedicated to providing quality, convenient urgent and family care, in addition to employer health services across the state – and we look forward to serving the Lexington community as it continues to expand and more families move to the area,” Gibbons said.

Earlier this year, Doctors Care opened the doors of their new Lexington West facility. This 6,500-square-foot facility is located in front of the Publix Super Market at Hendrix Crossing on Highway 378 in west Lexington.

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)
    • Vaccinations (including tetanus, flu, pneumonia, hepatitis and travel)
    • Occupational health and workers’ compensation
    • Online check-in

Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About Doctors Care
Doctors Care P.A. opened its doors in 1981 as the first minor emergency medical center in Columbia, South Carolina. Today, Doctors Care is a premiere health care organization proudly focused on delivering exceptional urgent care, family care, preventive and occupational health care and specialty services. Most locations offer flexible hours – including evenings and weekends – and do not require an appointment.

Doctors Care Opens New Lexington Location

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Lexington, 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 Lexington County. The state-of-the-art Doctors Care medical facility has replaced the downtown Lexington location to better serve the community with convenient access to expanded services.

According to Dr. Thomas Gibbons, chief medical director, the new Doctors Care center will enhance efforts to address the health care needs of the growing Lexington community.

“For 35 years now, our medical professionals have been dedicated to providing quality, convenient urgent and family care, and employer health services across South Carolina – and this newest location is an example of our long-term commitment to these values,” Gibbons said. “We are excited to have the opportunity to expand our services in the Lexington community as its communities continue to expand and more families move to the area.”

The new Doctors Care Lexington West is in front of the Publix Super Market at Hendrix Crossing on U.S. 378. The 6,500-square-foot facility contains multiple exam rooms plus trauma, laboratory and X-ray rooms. Progressive Physical Therapy will occupy part of the building and is set to open Feb. 15.

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)
    • Vaccinations (including tetanus, flu, pneumonia, hepatitis and travel)
    • Occupational health and workers’ compensation
    • Online check-in

The new Lexington West facility is located at 815 Highway 378 West. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, Doctors Care West Columbia on Sunset Boulevard will relocate in March next to the Walgreens at Hope Ferry Road. This location will be known as Doctors Care Hope Ferry and will provide the same urgent care service offerings as all other Doctors Care locations.

About Doctors Care
Doctors Care P.A. opened its doors in 1981 as the first minor emergency medical center in Columbia, South Carolina. Today, Doctors Care is a premiere health care organization proudly focused on delivering exceptional urgent care, family care, preventive and occupational health care and specialty services. Most locations offer flexible hours – including evenings and weekends – and do not require an appointment.

Doctors Care Celebrates New Location on Main Street in Columbia, SC

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Pictured left to right: Stephanie Hooker, Cocky, Dr. Thomas Gibbons, Melanie Goss, Jill Armbruster

Dr. Thomas Gibbons, Cocky and Jill Armbruster present a charitable gift to Heather Sherwin of the Central Carolina Community Foundation

Columbia, S.C. – Doctors Care is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of its Main Street location in downtown Columbia. To celebrate the opening of the newest urgent care location, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held today (Nov. 19) at the new facility at 1538 Main St.
Dr. Thomas Gibbons, president of Doctors Care, said the new facility will help Doctors Care better serve the growing needs of the downtown community.

“The Main Street community has graciously embraced our Doctors Care family,” Gibbons said. “We are excited to be here in this flourishing location. We hope that we can meet the needs of our patients, giving them the convenient and quality care that they deserve.”

During the ceremony, the University of South Carolina mascot, Cocky, assisted the Doctors Care staff in presenting a charitable gift of $1,000 to the Central Carolina Community Foundation to help with the state’s flood relief efforts.

“It is so nice to have this opportunity to not only celebrate our new location in the heart of this great city, but also to give back to those in our community who were devastated by the floods,” said David Boucher, president and chief operating officer of UCI Medical Affiliates.

Services at Doctors Care on Main will include:

  • Online check-in available so you can skip the wait; walk-ins also welcome
  • Urgent care and minor surgical procedures, accident evaluation, treatment for minor burns
  • Family care (sports and annual physicals, blood work, cold/strep/flu care, etc.)
  • Vaccinations (tetanus, flu, pneumonia, hepatitis, travel vaccines)

The new Doctors Care on Main is directly across from the Columbia Museum of Art. Hours of operation are Monday- Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

About Doctors Care:
Doctors Care opened its doors in 1981 as the first minor emergency medical center in Columbia, South Carolina. Today, Doctors Care is a premiere health care organization proudly focused on delivering exceptional urgent care, family care, preventive and occupational health care and specialty services. Most locations offer flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, and do not require an appointment.

Columbia Rotarian running circumference of Earth to raise money for Alzheimer’s research

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – David Boucher (President and Chief Operating Officer of UCI Medical Affiliates, Inc.) gave running a try nearly 25 years ago and he never stopped moving. Every morning he hits the pavement, running through downtown Columbia for a three-mile jog.

After a little calculation, Boucher realized he’ll soon total enough miles to have run a trip around the world.

“When one looks and thinks, ‘Gosh. I’m closing in on 24,000 – 25,000 miles over a 25-year history,’ it is surprising,” said Boucher.

While the distance was never a goal, Boucher turned to Rotary Club where he serves as president to celebrate the last 902 miles with a good deed.

“I’m going to run this anyway unless I have health problems or blow a knee out or something. How can I serve human kind at the same time?,” said Boucher.

He wrote on his Facebook page, “I am looking for sponsors who are willing to contribute just a penny per mile……up to the next 902 miles that I’m able to run. Why 902 miles? Because with another 901.55 miles in the rear view mirror, I would have run the circumference of the earth over a 25-year period (24,901.55 miles). Any money that I collect will be delivered to the CART Fund.”

Columbia’s Rotary Club, along with others across the state and those in four other states place blue buckets out at meetings, collecting pocket change for an Alzheimer’s research fund started by a Rotarian in Sumter County in 1995. During that time, CART, or Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust, has provided more than $5 million in research grants.

One-hundred percent of the money collected is used as seed money for cutting edge research, aiming to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

“Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. Right now, it’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and today it affects over 5.1 million Americans. So it’s a big number,” said Boucher.

He said he’s been overwhelmed with the number of people who stepped up to sponsor the cause.

“If we can do something to help human kind, that would be a good thing,” said Boucher.

So far, Boucher has raised more than $2,500. With 600 miles left to run, he’s set his fundraising goal at $10,000 to make a difference for families who know the effects of Alzheimer’s far too well.

Anyone wanting to sponsor Boucher can make checks payable to: The CART Fund, c/o Columbia Capital Rotary Club, PO Box 11946, Columbia, SC 29211.

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Doctors Care Celebrates New Grand Strand Location

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Myrtle Beach, S.C. –Doctors Care is pleased to announce the grand opening of its relocated Strand urgent care center at 1221 21st Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was celebrated on Thursday, May 28. Dr. Thomas Gibbons, president and chief medical officer of Doctors Care, says the new facility will help the Doctors Care medical team better accommodate the evolving needs of its growing community.
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S.C.-Based Doctors Care Medical Centers Receive National Accreditation Mark of Distinction

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Urgent Care Association of America - Accredited Urgent Care Center Logo

Columbia, S.C. – Doctors Care is pleased to announce that all 51 of its medical centers are among a select group of health care facilities nationwide that have now received the Accredited Urgent Care Center designation.

The accreditation was awarded by the Urgent Care Association of America after a stringent review of each of Doctors Care’s clinics. The designation is a promise to patients that they can turn to Doctors Care to treat a range of illnesses and injuries and that they’ll be able to find services such as X-rays and laboratory work on site.

Doctors Care, which has 51 centers across South Carolina and Tennessee, was established in 1981 and was the first minor medical emergency center in South Carolina and one of the first in the United States.

Dr. Thomas Gibbons, president of Doctors Care, said the certification will help preserve Doctors Care centers’ excellent standards and reputation.

“We are honored to receive this mark of distinction,” he said. “This accreditation places our clinics among only a fraction of such facilities in the nation to be recognized for the range and quality of services offered. And we currently hold the only such accreditation in the state. Our organization is dedicated to delivering exceptional urgent care and family care to each and every one of our patients on a daily basis.”

The Certified Urgent Care program was established by the Urgent Care Association of America in 1999 to help define the functions of an urgent care center. It helps not only to identify urgent care centers, but to promote and advance them within the health care industry.

About Doctors Care: Doctors Care opened its doors in 1981 as the first minor emergency medical center in Columbia, South Carolina. Today Doctors Care is a premier health care organization proudly focused on delivering exceptional urgent care, family care, preventive and occupational health care and specialty services. Most locations offer flexible hours – including evenings and weekends – and do not require an appointment.

About the Urgent Care Association of America: The Urgent Care Association of America is a membership association for the urgent care industry. UCAOA provides educational programs in clinical care and practice management, sponsors urgent care fellowship programs, funds groundbreaking industry research and has a monthly Journal of Urgent Care Medicine. It maintains an active website and online member community for daily exchange of best practices. UCAOA provides leadership, education and resources for the successful practice of urgent care by its members. For more information, visit www.ucaoa.org.

Family Nurse Practitioner with Doctors Care receives Palmetto Gold Award

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Doctors Care | Urgent Care | Lisa Duggan

Pictured here: Lisa Duggan and
her fiancé, David Miller.

Columbia, S.C. – Doctors Care is pleased to announce that Lisa Duggan was named one of the state’s 100 best nurses by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation. Ms. Duggan is employed as a nurse practitioner at Doctors Care, an urgent care organization that has 51 locations in South Carolina and Tennessee. She is also employed with Clemson University as an assistant professor. Ms. Duggan earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Clemson University, and received her PhD from the University of South Carolina.

Ms. Duggan along with 99 other distinguished industry professionals received the Palmetto Gold award at a gala in Columbia on March 28. For over 10 years now, The Palmetto Gold Award has recognized nurses for their patient care and commitment. All award recipients are nominated and selected from a pool of nurses from a variety of practice settings across the state.

“It was truly a surprise when I received the letter that, not only had I been nominated, but I had been selected to receive the award,” Duggan stated.

“We are very proud of Ms. Duggan and her continued commitment to excellence. She has been an exemplary caregiver in our organization and to our patients for the past 8 years, and we look forward to seeing her continued success,” Dr. Thomas Gibbons, president of Doctors Care added.

About Doctors Care: Doctors Care opened its doors in 1981 as the first minor emergency medical center in Columbia, South Carolina. Today, Doctors Care is a premiere healthcare organization proudly focused on delivering exceptional urgent care, family care, preventative and occupational healthcare and specialty services. Most locations offer flexible hours-including evenings and weekends-do not require an appointment.

Jill Armbruster of UCI Medical Affiliates Named to ‘20 Under 40’ List

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Doctors Care | Urgent Care | Jill Armbruster

Columbia, S.C. – Jill Armbruster, director of marketing for UCI Medical Affiliates, has been named to the 2015 Class of 20 Under 40 by The State newspaper. Each year, the paper names 20 young professionals it considers rising-stars in the region for their professional accolades and commitment to community involvement.

According to Kristy Eppley Rupon, writer for The State, “Each of these young professionals is making a mark on the Midlands, choosing to make a home, raise a family or build a business here. They also all know the importance of helping the community be a better place, from mentoring young children to helping build an emergency shelter for homeless families to helping athletes in the Special Olympics.”

Armbuster has been with UCI Medical for nearly three years, and is responsible for a team that handles the advertising and brand management, PR and community outreach efforts for the UCI Medical family of companies. UCI Medical is the non-medical management company for all fifty-two Doctors Care urgent care centers, twenty-two Progressive Physical Therapy locations, and the Doctors Wellness Center.

“It’s a sincere honor to be included in a class with so many remarkable and resilient professionals,” said Armbruster. “While we all have different stories to tell, it’s assuring to know that the midlands has so many individuals who are dedicated to making this part of our state the best it can be. I look forward to what my fellow honorees will no doubt accomplish in the next 20 years, too.”

“We are very proud of Jill. Since she began working here at UCI a couple of years ago, she has been a spark plug of marketing ideas. With Jill’s marketing acumen UCI’s brands are now utilizing multiple channels and venues,” said David Boucher, president and chief operating officer of UCI Medical Affiliates.

Before joining UCI Medical, Armbruster worked in the Corporate Marketing Communications department of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Prior to that, she served as marketing coordinator at The Boudreaux Group, and was an instructional writer with Palmetto GBA. Armbruster is on the current board of directors for Salute from the Shore, a non-profit organization that organizes a state-wide fly-by each Independence Day to honor and pay tribute to the state’s active and retired military personnel. And she has served on past board of directors for the American Advertising Federation Midlands Chapter, the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, and the Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art.

About UCI Medical Affiliates: UCI Medical Affiliates is the nonmedical management company that provides support to Doctors Care, Progressive Physical Therapy, and Doctors Wellness Center. Doctors Care has 51 locations in South Carolina and one in Tennessee, and offers family and urgent care services including on-site X-ray and labs. For more information, please visit UCImedInc.com.

UCI Medical Affiliates Names Vice President of Information Systems and Technology

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Doctors Care | Urgent Care | Kelly Ogden

Columbia, S.C. – Kelly Ogden has joined UCI Medical Affiliates as vice president of information systems and technology. He is responsible for designing, directing and maintaining UCI’s information systems and technology. This includes all workstations, networks and servers, software applications, data and telecommunications, Internet/intranet and unified communications devices, mobile access and other technologies. He also works to ensure efficient patient registration, patient accounting and electronic medical record operations.Ogden brings more than 20 years of health care IT experience, most recently serving as the chief information officer for UNC Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, N.C., and as director of information technology at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y. Prior to that he was the chief information officer and vice president of IT at McClellan Hospital in Greenwich, N.Y., and IT director at Ascension Health in Albany, N.Y.

David Boucher, UCI president and chief operating officer, said: “Kelly has a very long and successful track record. We are truly grateful to have someone of his caliber join our team. I am confident that we’ll benefit from his contributions.” Ogden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management form SUNY Institute of Technology and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in management information systems from Warren National University.

About UCI Medical Affiliates: UCI Medical Affiliates is the nonmedical management company that provides support to Doctors Care, Progressive Physical Therapy, and Doctors Wellness Center. Doctors Care has 51 locations in South Carolina and one in Tennessee, and offers family and urgent care services including on-site X-ray and labs. For more information, please visit UCImedInc.com.

Doctors Care Breaks Ground on New State-of-the-Art Facility

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Doctors Care | Urgent Care | Grand Strand Myrtle Beach, SC Location Groundbreaking

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Members of the UCI Medical Affiliates and Doctors Care senior management teams, medical staff from Doctors Care Strand, local city and county government officials and representatives from Kahn Construction broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art medical center on Thursday, January 29, 2015. The 11 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony was held across the street from the current facility at 1221 21st Avenue North, where the new Strand location will be built, and included the ceremonial turning of the earth at the construction site.According to David Boucher, UCI Medical Affiliates president and chief operating officer, the Strand urgent care center is an important asset to not only Doctors Care, but also the existing community.

“With this new state-of-the-art building, that will be over 7,000 square feet when finished, we’re making a significant investment in our employees and the residents and guests of this area — because this region is vital to our overall success, and we plan to support it as best we can.”

Dr. Thomas Gibbons, president of Doctors Care, also added that the center would not be where it is today without the hard work of the physicians and staff and the excellent leadership of the regional medical director, Dr. Dennis Rhoades, and Carrie McMakin, the center manager at Doctors Care Strand.

Physicians and staff in the current Strand location will move into the new 7,000 square foot facility at its anticipated opening date in early summer of 2015. Easier access to services and convenient office hours will remain a part of the Doctors Care Strand experience for patients.

About Doctors Care: Doctors Care opened its doors in 1981 as the first minor-emergency medical center in Columbia, South Carolina. Today, Doctors Care is a premier health care organization proudly focused on delivering exceptional urgent care, family care, preventive and occupational health care and specialty services. All locations offer flexible hours — including evenings and weekends — and do not require appointments.