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Solantic urgent care changing name to reflect new vision

BY Antoinette Alexander

NASHVILLE, Tenn. and JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Solantic, an operator of urgent care centers in Florida, is changing its name to CareSpot Express Healthcare to represent a new brand and new vision for the company.

"For the past year, our new management team has been reviewing patient feedback and identifying areas of improvement as we create a new consumer-focused company. Over the next few months, we’ll be putting the pieces in place to create a better company, provide better service and deliver consumers quality healthc are at a reasonable price. Those improvements are reflected in our new name, which consumers will see starting in September," stated Solantic/CareSpot Express Healthcare CEO Mike Klein.

By the end of 2012, patients will see:

  • As many as 12 to 15 new CareSpot Express Healthcare centers, including two more centers in Florida;

  • All 29 current Solantic centers in Florida will be remodeled and renamed CareSpot Express Healthcare by October;

  • A new website;           

  • About 150 new hires, bringing the total employment to more than 700 by the end of 2012. Approximately 500 of those jobs will be in Florida;

  • Patients will be able to make appointments from their home computer or smartphones;    

  • Patients will be able to determine center wait times from their home computers or smartphones so they can select the most convenient option among all of the centers in their market;

  • Faster check-ins since new patients will be able to register and provide patient information through the CareSpot website before their visit; and

  • Tablets instead of paper — physicians, nurses and physicians assistants will read patient charts using tablets because all CareSpot centers will have electronic medical records.

Solantic/CareSpot offers treatment for a number of medical needs — such as cold or flu symptoms, cuts, bruises, burns, eye and ear infections, migraines, physicals, health screenings, immunizations and vaccines — as well as a variety of occupational health services, such as drug screening and pre-employment physicals.

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Weis Markets breaks ground on what’s to be grocer’s first LEED-certified store

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Thursday announced it has begun the construction of an environmentally innovative 65,000-sq.-ft. superstore in Fogelsville, Pa.

When construction is completed, the store is expected to achieve U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for measurably reducing or mitigating its environmental impact for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality.

The Fogelsville unit will be Weis Markets’ first LEED-certified store.

The store also will incorporate advanced refrigeration technologies to reduce refrigerant emissions by 60% compared to the typical supermarket. These systems decrease the store’s impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

The store will feature larger perishable departments, including a produce department with a greater selection of organic produce and a large deli with an expanded food service section, a full-service pharmacy and an in-store café where beer is sold.

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Sears Holdings moves from loss to profit in Q1

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings reported profits of $189 million during first quarter 2012, compared with a $165 million loss in first quarter 2011, the company said.

"We are pleased with the results for the first quarter and our progress toward restoring profit growth and transforming our company," president and CEO Lou D’Ambrosio said.

D’Ambrosio attributed the results to the company’s efforts to enhance financial and operational discipline; improve core retail operations; and emphasize an integrated retail model and use the Shop Your Way Rewards program to attract and retain customers.

Still, the company’s sales saw a decline, with sales for the quarter of $9.3 billion, down $270 million from first quarter 2011. Kmart’s comps decreased by 1.6%, while the mass-merchandise retailer’s total sales were $3.42 billion, compared with $3.48 billion in first quarter 2011. Kmart operated 1,290 stores as of April 28, 2012, compared with 1,305 as of April 30, 2011.

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