HCA Healthcare on July 2 announced the purchase of 24 MedSpring urgent care centers from Fresenius Medical Care. Later this year, the centers will be rebranded as CareNow Urgent Care.

As part of HCA Healthcare, Medical City Healthcare has invested more than $1.7 billion over four years in access points including CareNow urgent care locations, infrastructure, and leading edge technology in North Texas.

As a result of this acquisition, CareNow will add eight centers to its 37 North Texas locations, strengthening Medical City Healthcare’s position as the largest urgent care provider in the region, according to an HCA news release. In 2018, the system’s CareNow and Medical City Children’s Urgent Care clinics served approximately 10 percent of the Dallas-Fort Worth population, with more than 770,000 patient visits.

“This acquisition creates more access to the quality health care services our community needs, when and where they need them,” said Erol Akdamar, FACHE, president of Medical City Healthcare. “We are proud to give North Texans more reasons to choose Medical City Healthcare as the destination of choice for healthcare excellence.”

“Like many of our communities across the country, Austin, Dallas and Houston are experiencing significant growth, and increasingly people want to be able to access healthcare services closer to where they live and work,” said Sam Hazen, HCA Healthcare’s chief executive officer. “The addition of these urgent care centers will complement our already robust healthcare networks and help us provide more convenient access for our patients.”

With the addition, CareNow will operate 160 urgent care centers across the country, reflecting HCA Healthcare’s vision to become the leading provider of urgent care services in the nation. Together HCA Healthcare and CareNow offer patients the expertise of a proven network of primary and urgent care centers combined with the broader resources of a large hospital system when a higher level of care is required. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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