Tenet Doubles Down on Urgent Care Facilities

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , May 21, 2014

As consumers take on more of the responsibility of paying for healthcare, the popularity of walk-in retail health clinics is surging. Tenet says it's set to double the number of its retail health clinics this year.


Kyle Burtnett
Senior Vice President, Outpatient Services of Tenet

In a nod to the growing influence of consumer-driven healthcare, Tenet Healthcare Corporation this week announced that it will double the number of walk-in clinics in its MedPost Urgent Care franchise by the end of this year.

Kyle Burtnett, Tenet's senior vice president, outpatient services, says MedPost is a key component in the Dallas-based for-profit hospital chain's push to grow its outpatient facilities. That growth is part of a broader corporate strategy to offer more services in faster-growing, less-capital intensive and higher-margin businesses.

Burtnett says MedPost is addressing healthcare consumer demand for access to more convenient, less-expensive care.

"Consumers are so used to having everything at the touch of their fingers, whether it is on their smartphones or just having things so conveniently located to where you live and work that when people are sick they want to be able to get care in the same day," Burtnett told me.

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"The other thing is you also have patients bearing much more responsibility for the financial aspects of their treatment. Rather than go to an emergency department and incur higher costs, consumers bearing more of the responsibility are taking a much closer look at how they are spending their healthcare dollars. That plays right into urgent care's role as a much more affordable solution."

Tenet now operates 23 MedPost Urgent Care centers in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. They were all recently rebranded under the MedPost name.

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