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Industry Pulse: Urgent care centers are still important, growing

The number of centers and patient volumes are increasing while wait times are declining.

Many urgent care centers are expanding into more complex services, such as physical therapy and concussion screening. (Photo courtesy of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System)

For those involved in the development and ownership of healthcare real estate (HRE), it looks as if owning a standalone urgent care center (UCC) building or having a UCC in your medical office building (MOB) continues to be a good bet, as the number of such centers and the number of patients using them continue an upward climb.

According to the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), which recently released its annual Benchmarking Report, the number of UCCs increased by 10 percent in 2016, to 7,357 centers. There were 6,707 centers in 2015 and 6,003 in 2014.

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