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Top 25 urgent care clinics by patient population

Urgent care clinic use is on the rise. According to all-payer claims data from Definitive Healthcare, urgent care claims jumped 70% from 2017 to 2022. The growing demand for convenient, affordable healthcare services, coupled with increased investment by health systems, health insurance companies, and private equity, has fueled the expansion of urgent care clinics in recent years.

Urgent care centers fill the gap between primary and emergency care, offering timely medical attention for non-emergent conditions like sprains, fevers, and fractures. This can not only reduce the burden on overwhelmed emergency rooms (ERs) but can also provide a more cost-effective alternative for patients with non-life-threatening conditions.

Using data from our ClinicView product, we compiled a list of urgent care clinics with the largest patient populations.

Top 25 urgent care clinics by patient population

RankUrgent care clinic nameStateDefinitive IDPatient populationExplore dataset
1AFC Urgent Care Katy & FulshearTX104035533,201Explore
2Texas Childrens Urgent Care - Cinco RanchTX4121533,201Explore
3AFC Urgent Care RichmondTX100567328,537Explore
4CareSpot Avalon ParkFL101264128,398Explore
5Pediatrix Primary Plus Urgent Care of Texas at Pearland (FKA NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care - Pearland)TX4110626,843Explore
6CityMD - Baychester Urgent CareNY4505226,588Explore
7Memorial Hermann - GoHealth Urgent Care in Benders LandingTX96692525,252Explore
8CareFast Urgent Care at MuraBellaFL105194025,039Explore
9Essentia Health Walk-In Care - 52nd AvenueND94119123,686Explore
10AdventHealth Centra Care Winter Garden (FKA Winter Garden Centra Care)FL4282622,670Explore
11AFC Urgent Care Spring HillTN4069521,763Explore
12Hoag Urgent Care - Orchard HillsCA100920121,098Explore
13Health Choice Urgent Care - Hamilton Mill CenterGA4327020,655Explore
14Peachtree Immediate Care - BufordGA4335420,655Explore
15The Iowa Clinic - Ankeny Urgent CareIA28132220,422Explore
16UnityPoint Clinic Express - AnkenyIA103654720,422Explore
17UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical ParkIA94191620,422Explore
18CareNow Urgent Care - MagnoliaTX96648720,181Explore
19Community Med Family Urgent Care - Haslet Avondale 287 (FKA WHC Immediate Care)TX98106620,164Explore
20Peachtree Immediate Care - Holly SpringsGA105098019,523Explore
21Primary Health Medical Group - South MeridianID28158019,204Explore
22Primary Health Medical Group - KunaID103688918,941Explore
23Collier Urgent Care - Founders SquareFL104899418,805Explore
24Founders Square Urgent CareFL104523818,805Explore
25Rivers Bend Urgent CareOH4586218,574Explore

Fig 1. Data is from the Definitive Healthcare ClinicView product. The number of facilities represents only those urgent care clinics listed as “active” in the Definitive Healthcare database as of February 20, 2024.

Which states have urgent care clinics that serve the largest patient populations?

Three states dominate our list of top 25 urgent care clinics based on patient population: Texas, Florida, and Georgia. Texas led the charge with six out of 25 clinics. Florida is the second most represented state with five clinics, followed by Georgia with four clinics.

Most urgent care clinics on our list are affiliated with larger urgent care networks or hospital systems, such as American Family Care, CareNow (owned by HCA Healthcare), UnityPoint Health, and CityMD Urgent Care (part of Walgreens-backed VillageMD). A few, such as Texas Children's Urgent Care and Pediatrix Primary Plus Urgent Care, have a specific focus on pediatric urgent care.

What are the largest urgent care clinics?

Today, the largest urgent care organizations in the U.S. operate hundreds of clinics across the country. This consolidation reflects a strategic shift within the healthcare landscape, driven by increasing competition, regulatory changes, and consumer demand for cost-efficient, convenient care. Below, we highlight the top five urgent care operators based on number of locations.

  1. Concentra
  2. American Family Care
  3. CareNow (owned by HCA healthcare)
  4. CityMD Urgent Care (part of Walgreens-backed VillageMD)
  5. NextCare Urgent Care (owned by FastMed Urgent Care)

Many health systems and health insurance companies have partnered with or acquired urgent care clinics to expand their reach and influence patient care pathways. For example, HCA Healthcare owns CareNow urgent care centers, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina owns FastMed urgent care clinics in their state. Pharmacy giant Walgreens even holds a majority stake in VillageMD, which operates CityMD Urgent Care locations.

As health systems seek to provide more cost-effective, convenient care amid the shift in care to outpatient settings, urgent care clinics are likely to play an increasingly prominent role. By integrating urgent care clinics, healthcare systems can extend their geographic reach and provider networks, capturing a larger market share. Urgent care clinics can also handle a wide range of non-emergency conditions, alleviating pressure on overcrowded ERs and freeing up resources for critical cases. Compared to ER visits, urgent care offers more cost-effective care, too.

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