St. Elizabeth Physicians to Acquire Three Hometown Urgent Care Centers Thursday August 15, 2013 To download a pdf of this news release, please click here. Crestview Hills, KY – St. Elizabeth Physicians is pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement to acquire three Hometown Urgent Care centers in Northern Kentucky. This agreement is expected to go into effect on October 1, 2013. These three locations will join St. Elizabeth Physicians’ current Express Care location in Highland Heights, as part of its growing network of walk-in convenient care services. The physicians and staff at these centers will now be a part of the award-winning St. Elizabeth network. At a St. Elizabeth Physicians Urgent Care center, patients will be able to receive medical attention for common illnesses and minor injuries without an appointment. The three Hometown locations include 8460 U.S. Highway 42 in Florence, 2091 North Bend Road in Hebron, and 4387 Winston Avenue in Covington. Each facility will be renovated slightly to have the same look and feel as the Highland Heights location. All locations will have access to the same electronic medical records as every other St. Elizabeth facility, meaning patients’ medications, allergies and medical history will already be known to the urgent care staff. For patients with a St. Elizabeth primary care physician, visits to the urgent care or express care clinics will also be visible to their primary care physician. “We are excited to expand our convenient care services network to better meet the needs of our patients and community,” says Dr. Glenn Loomis, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Physicians. “We want to make sure that no matter where you live, work, or play, there is an urgent care or express care location nearby, offering the quality care which residents have come to expect from St. Elizabeth.” St. Elizabeth Physicians Urgent Care Centers are staffed by physicians with services that include x-rays, stitches, and care for other minor injuries that are not life threatening, but require medical attention on the same day. Conditions treated include cold or flu symptoms, ear ache, fever, foreign objects in the eye or nose, migraines, minor burns or bruises, minor fractures, poison ivy and other rashes, scrapes or minor cuts, sore throat, strains and sprains, and conditions that require radiology and lab testing services. In contrast, St. Elizabeth Express Care centers, staffed by Nurse Practitioners, are appropriate for more minor medical issues, such as ear aches and cold and flu symptoms, similar to the services provided by walk-in clinics within retail pharmacies. St. Elizabeth Physicians Urgent Care and Express Care locations all accept the major commercial insurance plans, Medicare and Medicaid, and offer affordable self-pay rates. In addition to the acquisition of the Hometown Urgent Care Clinics, St. Elizabeth Physicians has plans to open a second Express Care location in Independence this winter and a fourth Urgent Care location in Ft. Thomas in early 2014.