Northwell/GoHealth Urgent Care to double number of clinics in 2016

The joint venture between Great Neck, N.Y.-based Northwell Health and Atlanta-based GoHealth Urgent Care plans to add about 20 more clinics in New York this year, in addition to the 21 it already operates, according to Crain's New York Business.

Northwell Health offers expertise in clinical care and quality oversight, while GoHealth utilizes its experience in launching new retail locations in the market, said Adam Boll, Northwell's vice president of joint venture operations, according to the report. The Northwell/GoHealth Urgent Care joint venture also benefits from having all on-site imaging interpreted by Northwell radiologists, Mr. Boll added.

An important part of expanding the urgent care centers' presence rests in scouting new locations, explained Todd Latz, CEO of GoHealth, according to the report. He said the company usually seeks high-traffic areas, often those in close proximity to grocery stores, popular retailers or day care centers. GoHealth analyzes public demographic data and consults with the health system to identify the areas in the community with the greatest need for retail clinics.

Mr. Boll declined to name the exact locations of the new Northwell/GoHealth clinics, but said "a significant piece" of the soon-to-be opened facilities will be in Westchester County. Other locations will be in New York City and Long Island.

GoHealth, which also operates in the Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., areas through a partnership with Portland-based Legacy Health, also recently announced a partnership with San Francisco-based Dignity Health to open 12 clinics in the next 12 to 15 months, according to the report.

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