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Outpatient care is becoming a popular alternative to inpatient care. Rather than waiting to make an appointment with a primary care physician or spending hours in an emergency room, patients are seeking care at freestanding outpatient clinics. Urgent care clinics in particular can be a more practical alternative to emergency departments — where emergency departments specialize in life- or limb-threatening treatments, urgent care clinics are better suited to treating patients experiencing fevers, sprains, fractures, and other minor concerns.

The popularization of urgent care clinics can also ease overcrowding and long wait times in emergency rooms. Emphasizing the difference in care provision between emergency departments and urgent care clinics can also improve care outcomes by ensuring patients are seen in a timely manner. However, patients in some regions visit emergency departments because they feel they have no other choice. Rural patients may visit an emergency room for treatment of chronic pain or illness for fast relief, particularly if a patient is uninsured or does not have access to transportation.

In the following list, we highlight the urgent care clinics with the largest patient populations. Texas clinics dominated the list, with 8 of the top 25 located in the state. Georgia is the second most represented state with 3 clinics. Essentia Health System, Memorial Hermann Health System, Next Level Urgent Care, and Edward-Elmhurst Health System all had multiple clinics on the list. Only 2 listed clinics did not belong to a larger network.

Top 25 Urgent Care Clinics by Patient Population

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Urgent Care Clinic NameStateTotal PopulationNetworkExplore This Dataset
1.Memorial Hermann Urgent Care - KatyTX33,201Memorial Hermann HealthExplore This Profile
2.Next Level Urgent Care - Cinco RanchTX33,201Next Level Urgent CareExplore This Profile
3.Preferred Urgent CareTX33,201Explore This Profile
4.Texas Childrens Urgent Care - Cinco RanchTX33,201Texas Childrens Urgent CareExplore This Profile
5.Memorial Hermann Urgent Care FulshearTX33,201Memorial Hermann HealthExplore This Profile
6.Exceptional Urgent Care CenterFL29,677Explore This Profile
7.Next Level Urgent Care - Long MeadowTX28,537Next Level Urgent CareExplore This Profile
8.NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care - PearlandTX26,843NightLight Pediatric Urgent CareExplore This Profile
9.CityMD - BaychesterNY26,588CityMD Urgent CareExplore This Profile
10.Statcare Urgent Care - Bronx Bartow MallNY26,588Statcare Urgent CareExplore This Profile
11.Edward-Elmhurst Health Center and Immediate Care - OswegoIL26,230Edward-Elmhurst HealthExplore This Profile
12.Edward-Elmhurst Walk-In YorkvilleIL26,230Edward-Elmhurst HealthExplore This Profile
13.Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Benders LandingTX25,252Memorial Hermann HealthExplore This Profile
14.Essentia Health Walk In Clinic - 52nd AvenueND23,686Essentia HealthExplore This Profile
15.Essentia Health 7 Day Clinic - OsgoodND23,686Essentia HealthExplore This Profile
16.Winter Garden Centra CareFL22,670Florida Hospital HealthcareExplore This Profile
17.American Family Care - Spring HillTN21,763American Family CareExplore This Profile
18.Vanderbilt Health and Williamson Medical Center Walk-In Clinic Spring HillTN21,763Vanderbilt University Medical Center SystemExplore This Profile
19.Doctors Care - Ivy HallSC20,842Doctors CareExplore This Profile
20.Peachtree Immediate Care - BufordGA20,655Peachtree Immediate CareExplore This Profile
21.ChoiceOne Urgent Care - Hamilton MillGA20,655ChoiceOne Urgent CareExplore This Profile
22.Buford Family Practice & Urgent CenterGA20,655Buford Family Practice & Community Family PracticeExplore This Profile
23.The Iowa Clinic - AnkenyIA20,422The Iowa ClinicExplore This Profile
24.UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical ParkIA20,422UnityPoint HealthExplore This Profile
25.CareNow - St Lucie WestFL20,218CareNowExplore This Profile

Fig 1. Data from Definitive Healthcare based on clinic self-reporting and reports from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).