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Top 25 urgent care clinics by patient population

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

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

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

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