New Urgent Care Center Opens in Gainesville
Solantic, Florida’s leading provider of walk-in
urgent care, and Shands HealthCare opened its second care center in Gainesville Wednesday.
“We explored a number of options and found that the urgent care model is the best next step to help us meet our communities’ medical needs,” said Steve Blumberg, Shands HealthCare vice president of planning and business development. “It became evident through our due diligence that a partnership with Solantic was an optimal solution. Patients will have more options within our healthcare system to serve them when they need care for
urgent but not life-threatening conditions.”
The urgent care center will serve as another gateway through which patients can access Shands’ services.
“An important part of our growth strategy and evolution as a company is to enter into joint ventures with hospitals in key geographic areas that can benefit from a low-cost, convenient and appropriate alternative to emergency room services,” said Bryan Wright, Solantic national director of acquisitions, joint ventures and real estate. “We’re thrilled to be in a position to serve the Gainesville community in this capacity and to partner with an esteemed organization such as Shands HealthCare.”
Solantic’s patient-centric centers are staffed by board-certified physicians and a full complement of medical professionals who offer urgent care services, including treatment of fractures, sprains, infections and other minor illnesses. The center will provide on-site X-ray and lab procedures and most Solantic centers also offer prescription services.
This is the third hospital joint venture announced by Solantic.
The Jacksonville-based company currently has 24 centers in operation throughout Florida, with an additional five centers currently under construction. This is the first such venture for Shands HealthCare.
“Solantic’s business model is proven to deliver high-quality, affordable urgent healthcare,” said Jodi Mansfield, Shands HealthCare executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We believe this center will complement existing services in the Shands system.”
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