Parties will jointly operate 10 urgent care and occupational medicine facilities
(CHICAGO) – In a move designed to increase access and help patients better manage their healthcare, Presence Health and Physicians Immediate Care have announced formation of a new joint venture that will operate urgent care and occupational medicine facilities in the greater Chicago area. The move supports both organizations’ efforts to most effectively manage the care of the patients they serve. The joint venture achieves this by creating more access points for patients, providing needed care in a lower cost setting than an emergency department, and improving care coordination among providers.
The joint venture will manage 10 immediate care/occupational medicine clinics. Both organizations will work together to develop additional sites. The state-of-the-art clinics are open seven days a week with patient-friendly hours. Each location is fully equipped with X-ray capability, lab testing and 6-8 exam rooms – including a pediatric room and trauma room – for treating non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses.
”This strategic partnership will provide patients with greater access to convenient, affordable, quality care. Most patients who visit immediate care centers will have much shorter wait times and lower out-of-pocket costs than if they go to an emergency department,” said Howard Drenth, President and CEO of Presence Medical Group. “Patients will benefit from additional locations for their immediate care and occupational health needs and those who need longer term care will be connected with Presence Health physicians for continued treatment.”
“We are excited to be partnering with one of the leading health systems in Illinois that shares our vision of providing expanded access to quality, affordable care and coordinating that care for the benefit of our patients,” added Stan Blaylock, CEO of Physicians Immediate Care.
“As a Catholic health care system, it was important to Presence Health that we continue to provide care for all those who need it,” explained Drenth. “We are pleased that this partnership will enable us to continue to improve access to care and serve the needs of those for whom cost and convenience are a significant consideration.”
The sites of care will also offer occupational medicine services to employers for treatment of work-related injuries, drug and alcohol testing and a variety of work-related physical examinations.
Under the agreement, Physicians Immediate Care will be contracted to handle day-to-day management of the jointly-operated clinics. Presence Health will be Physicians Immediate Care’s exclusive health system partner within the designated regions and Physicians Immediate Care will be Presence Health’s exclusive urgent care/occupational health services partner within the designated regions.
The health care industry is shifting its focus from treating the sick to working proactively to keep people healthy. This partnership is part of Presence Health’s larger effort to embrace that shift and ensure that it is treating people in the right place, at the right time and delivering on the triple aim of health care – providing clinical excellence, outstanding value and exceptional experience to achieve better health for the communities it serves.
About Presence Medical Group
Presence Medical Group is a physician-led multispecialty group with more than 100 locations and 300 physicians in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Presence Medical Group is part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With more than 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has more than 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of $2.5 billion. Visit presencehealth.org to learn more.
About Physicians Immediate Care
Physicians Immediate Care, also known as Physicians Urgent Care, is a Midwest leader in urgent care and occupational health services with 33 locations in three states. For more than 25 years, it has provided affordable, convenient medical care to more than one million patients. The company is dedicated to building healthy communities by providing remarkable care you can count on, when and where you need it. For locations and services, go to visitphysicians.com.