Slideshow 14 Top Urgent Care Center Chains in the U.S.

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  • November 19 2015, 9:54pm EST
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14 Top Urgent Care Center Chains in the U.S.

Urgent care is on the fast track for growth in the U.S., for reasons that are economic, as well as related to consumer cost and access to care. The nation has about 6,900 urgent care centers, according to the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). While the market is fragmented, there are some major players in the urgent care market. Here, we list some of the largest operators of centers in the U.S.

Concentra Urgent Care

300+ clinics in 38 states

In addition to its more than 300 urgent care center locations, Concentra serves employers by providing a broad range of health advisory services and operates more than 170 workplace clinics. In June, Humana announced the completion of the sale of Concentra to a joint venture between Select Medical Holdings Corp. and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a private equity fund.

Concentra Urgent Care

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U.S. HealthWorks

190 sites in 20 states

U.S. HealthWorks, a subsidiary of Dignity Health, operates 225 clinics and worksites in 20 states and has more than 3,600 employees, including about 800 medical providers.

U.S. HealthWorks

American Family Care and Doctors Express

168 sites in 26 states

American Family Care opened its first family care/urgent care clinic in Birmingham in 1982. Today, there are clinics in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. American Family Care acquired Doctors Express in 2013.

American Family Care and Doctors Express

MedExpress Urgent Care

165 sites in 14 states

MedExpress was founded in 2001 in Morgantown, West Virginia. It was acquired in April 2015 by Optum, a division of United HealthGroup.

MedExpress Urgent Care

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NextCare Holdings

123 sites in 11 states

NextCare Holdings offers urgent care and occupational medical services, with an emphasis on a comprehensive approach called Full Circle Care that ensures patients experience the highest level of care, from reception to recovery.

NextCare Holdings

FastMed Urgent Care

93 sites in Arizona and North Carolina

FastMed Urgent Care is an owner and operator of urgent care facilities with locations throughout Arizona and North Carolina. FastMed is managed by an affiliated entity of one of the investment funds of ABRY Partners.

FastMed Urgent Care

Patient First

60 Sites in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia

Patient First opened its first urgent care center in 1981, by R.P Sowers, MD, its current CEO. It’s based in King of Prussia, Pa.

Patient First

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CareSpot Express Healthcare

52 sites in Florida, Kansas and Tennessee

This urgent care chain is based in Brentwood, Tenn. Most recently, the chain partnered with UF Health to open a center in Gainesville, Fla., to provide care to students and area residents.

CareSpot Express Healthcare

Doctors Care

More than 50 sites in Kentucky, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee

Doctors Care opened in 1981 as the first minor emergency medical center in Columbia, S.C. The chain has 1,100 dedicated healthcare professionals. It offers urgent care, family care, occupational medicine and employee wellness services.

Doctors Care

Physicians Immediate Care

35 sites in Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska

Physicians Immediate Care, also known as Physicians Urgent Care, operates 33 locations in three Midwest states. Most recently, it formed a joint venture with Presence Health that will operate urgent care and occupational medicine facilities in the Chicago area.

Physicians Immediate Care

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Texas MedClinic

28 sites serving San Antonio, Austin, Round Rock and New Braunfels

Texas MedClinic, established in 1982, is a group medical practice specializing in urgent care, occupational medicine and travel medicine.

Texas MedClinic

CareNow

CareNow serves the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region with 24 sites. It has operating hours generally longer than most chains.

CareNow

Hometown Urgent Care

24 sites in Michigan and Ohio

Hometown Urgent Care also offers Workers’ Compensation and employer occupational medical services.

Hometown Urgent Care

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MD Now

MD Now has 22 sites serving South Florida and plans to open three new locations in early 2016.

MD Now