South Shore Health System and Health Express, one of the leading providers of urgent care on the South Shore, announced last week that they have signed a letter of intent to enter into partnership, bringing cost-effective treatment options for patients with non-life threatening injuries and illnesses.
“This is an incredibly important step towards our continuing evolution from a hospital to a community-based Health System,” said Gene E. Green, MD, MBA, President and CEO, South Shore Health System.
Health Express operates seven urgent care centers, with locations from Quincy to Plymouth.
“This partnership is about meeting the needs of an ever-changing health care landscape, and we are excited to be part of how health care should be delivered now and into the future,” said Green. “Health Express has established a reputation for clinical excellence, and this is an opportunity to work together for patients and families on the South Shore.”
Urgent care centers allow patients to see a clinician without an appointment, and are best used for injuries and illnesses that need the attention of a medical professional but not necessarily the Emergency Department. Health Express is well-regarded for its patient-centric focus and clinical staff expertise, evidenced by robust growth and high satisfaction rates.
Health Express was founded in 2012 at its flagship site in Weymouth, and has expanded and includes locations in Abington, Kingston, Pembroke, Plymouth, Quincy and West Roxbury. South Shore Health System is the parent organization of South Shore Hospital, which operates one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the Commonwealth, with more than 95,000 visits annually.
Both Green and Chris Whelan, MD, owner of Health Express, see the opportunity to partner as a big win for consumers.
“This new partnership will help alleviate some of the burden on South Shore Hospital’s busy Emergency Department, and give patients an option that will save them time and money for care that is closer to home,” said Whelan. “We are thrilled to join an organization that has a shared vision for the health of the communities we serve.”