NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HCA's TriStar Health and CareSpot have established a joint venture to bring as many as 15 urgent care centers to Middle Tennessee opening throughout 2013. The new partnership would make CareSpot and TriStar Health the leading urgent care provider in Middle Tennessee.
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"Urgent care is an important aspect of TriStar's vision to provide our community with a quality, comprehensive health system," said Steve Corbeil, president of TriStar Health. "The new urgent care centers will enhance healthcare services provided by our primary care physicians and deliver a more rapid, less expensive alternative to emergency room visits for non-emergency injuries and illnesses. Our partnership represents a significant step forward in bringing increased access to extraordinary and affordable healthcare in the communities that we serve."
"Our joint venture with TriStar Health is an exciting opportunity to partner with a well-known, high-quality healthcare provider in Middle Tennessee, expand our base beyond Florida and move into other markets where there is strong demand for urgent care centers," said CareSpot CEO Michael Klein. "Customers want more convenient, high-quality healthcare, and that's what we'll deliver. In fact, customers will be able to book their appointments on the CareSpot website or their smartphones and get in and get out faster so they can start feeling better quickly."
The new urgent care centers will offer healthcare services to treat non-emergent medical problems that can develop unexpectedly and require immediate attention, filling the gap between primary care physicians and hospital emergency rooms. This partnership offers patients the staffing benefits and expertise of a proven network of urgent care centers combined with the broader resources of a large hospital system if a higher level of care is required. The new centers will operate as CareSpot in partnership with TriStar Health. CareSpot will manage daily operations.CareSpot is the largest urgent care provider in Florida
CareSpot is the new name for Solantic walk-in urgent care centers that are popular in Florida. The company, which has headquarters in the Brentwood suburb of Nashville, is the largest urgent care provider in Florida with 29 centers in major metropolitan areas throughout that state. Those centers in Florida — which average more than 400,000 patient visits a year — will change their name from Solantic to CareSpot by early September. The urgent care company currently employs more than 500 people. CareSpot plans to hire as many as 100 new employees for its new centers in Middle Tennessee.About TriStar Health
TriStar Health is the region's largest, most comprehensive healthcare provider with 18 hospitals and 10 ambulatory surgery centers in Tennessee, South Central Kentucky and North Georgia. Approximately 5,300 physicians and nearly 13,000 employees support the hospital system. TriStar Health facilities feature state-of-the-art technology and pioneer new medical procedures every day to accommodate the needs of the more than 110,000 patient admissions and nearly 515,000 emergency department visits annually. For more information about TriStar Health, or for a physician referral, call TriStar MedLine(SM) at 615-342-1919 or toll-free outside of Nashville at 1-800-242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com.About Solantic/CareSpot
Solantic/CareSpot-operated centers provide a wide range of healthcare services such as urgent care, wellness testing and occupational health services. The 3,500 sq. ft. centers feature multiple exam rooms, on-site lab testing and X-rays capabilities. Michael Klein, former CEO of Franklin, Tenn.-based Renal Advantage — the third-largest for-profit provider of dialysis services in the U.S. — took over as CEO of Solantic in May 2011. He and his management team are building a more innovative, consumer-focused urgent care company. Visit Solantic.com to learn more.