Providence to open 5 Express Care clinics
Providence Health & Services Alaska will open a total of 5 clinics offering Express Care services to Alaskans in the coming months — four in Anchorage and one in Eagle River. Two of the clinics opened in the fall (Huffman and Anchorage South locations), two are scheduled to open in winter 2019 (Midtown Mall and Tikahtnu Commons), and the Eagle River location is scheduled to open in early 2020.
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Express Care clinics offer same-day appointments and extended hours seven days a week. The goal of these clinics is to allow Alaskans to access affordable, high-quality care closer to home. Services offered at these clinics include treatment for common conditions like the flu and sprains, as well as screenings and tests like strep, mono, or sports physicals.
While the Express Care clinics will offer basic tests and treatments, imaging and more acute condition treatment will be referred to urgent care clinics or primary care. Express Care offers an alternative to these places of care and can potentially prevent unnecessary trips to the ER.
When Providence announced the launch of its Express Care services in October, it also announced the launch of a telemedicine service called Express Care Virtual. The virtual service allows patients to receive care and contact providers via computer or phone. Providers are able to diagnose and treat minor medical concerns, and can prescribe lab work or medication in certain cases.
“With Express Care, Providence is showing our commitment to creating Health for a Better World by increasing access to care,” said Preston M. Simmons, DSc., FACHE, chief executive, Providence Health & Services Alaska. “We are excited to make everyday health and wellness even more convenient for the communities we serve by offering care close to home.”