Urgent Care Awareness Month Shines Spotlight on Urgent Case for Urgent Care

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Benchmark Urgent & Family Care, a UCAOA member, welcomes neighbors in Austin, New Orleans and Sacramento as well as surrounding cities to learn more about how urgent care can benefit their health and lives. Free blood pressure and blood sugar checks will be provided during May to commemorate the spotlight.

The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) has declared May as Urgent Care Awareness Month. Benchmark Urgent & Family Care, a UCAOA member, welcomes neighbors in Austin as well as surrounding cities to learn more about how urgent care can benefit their health and lives.

Just like you may have seen, the growing urgent care industry continues to expand across the country. In addition to more than 6,400 centers nationwide, new centers are opening every week in convenient locations, with 83 percent* of existing centers expecting to expand services. These new centers are helping to meet the needs of consumers on their schedules while alleviating overcrowding in emergency rooms.

With this rapid growth, one thing is clear: consumers demand the convenience, high-quality care and affordability offered at urgent care centers.

However, many patients still are not aware of how valuable urgent care can be for a wide variety of common medical needs – which compelled UCAOA to declare this month of education and awareness at the national convention.

“Urgent Care Awareness Month recognizes the growth of our industry, and lets our neighbors all across the country know that urgent care centers are ready and available to make their lives easier and healthier. This is why we offer free blood pressure checks and this month we are offering free blood sugar checks," said Megan Lawlor, Director of Operations at Benchmark Urgent & Family Care. “When you or someone in your family has a common illness, a non-life threatening injury, or one of many other medical needs, urgent care centers are great options.”

Urgent care centers like Benchmark Urgent & Family Care are an ideal choice for medical situations that require immediate attention, such as sprains, broken bones, flu, colds and other common illness. Consumers agree – as an average of 14,000 patients visit each urgent care center each year. Don’t let that number deter you from visiting Benchmark Urgent & Family Care. They are a new company and are still working toward building their patient population and presence in the community.

Urgent care is proving its vital role in the healthcare landscape – with surging growth to better serve the ever-increasing patient base. Consumers increasingly desire more flexibility from their healthcare providers and want convenient, affordable, high-quality treatment during the evenings and weekends – hours that work best for their schedules. Episodic illness or injury may demand medical attention at a time when a primary care provider cannot fit the patient in for a visit; urgent care serves that walk-in need.

With Urgent Care Awareness Month, Benchmark Urgent & Family Care aims to educate consumers – and others in the healthcare industry – about the importance of urgent care in the healthcare spectrum. In addition, they offer free blood pressure checks any time during normal business hours and would be happy to speak to new patients about how an urgent care differs from primary care or the emergency department.

“We want patients to know there are a growing number of local options for medical situations that require prompt attention, but are non-life threatening,” said Megan Lawlor. “While urgent care will never take the place of a primary care doctor for ongoing or chronic care, and is not a replacement for the emergency room in life- or limb-threatening situations, the thousands of urgent care centers across the country bridge the gap between these options and provide an affordable, convenient choice for many common medical issues.”

Benchmark Urgent & Family Care is a new entity that opened in three major metropolitan markets across the country at the end of 2016. It is headquartered in Austin, TX. The Austin center is located near the University of Texas campus at 3100 Red River Street. The New Orleans clinic is at 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, and the Sacramento California location is 4345 Arden Way. All locations hours are Monday – Friday from 8AM-8PM and Saturday-Sunday 9AM-4PM and treat both adult and pediatric patients. They offer urgent care services as well as offering x-ray and lab capabilities onsite. DOT, Sports physicals, occupational medicine, and Workman’s Comp patients are all welcome. As a patient, you have the ability to schedule your appointment online or see the current wait time. Most major insurances including Medicare, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Medicaid to name a few, are accepted. Check out the website at http://www.benchmarkurgentcare.com to learn more. The sister company Benchmark Research, one of the top research companies in the nation, has been in business since 1997.

The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) is a membership association for urgent care health and management professionals, clinics and those who support the urgent care industry. UCAOA provides educational programs in clinical care and practice management, has a monthly Journal of Urgent Care Medicine and maintains an active online presence and member community for daily exchange of best practices. UCAOA provides leadership, education and resources for the successful practice of urgent care for its members. For more information visit http://www.ucaoa.org.

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