Represents:  All professionals working in urgent care

Founded:  2004

Membership: Nearly 6,400 members, from more than 2,615 clinics in the US, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Mexico and New Zealand.  UCAOA has both individual and practice members.

Mission:  Urgent Care meets the vital need in modern society for health care that is not only expert and reliable, but also patient oriented, convenient and cost effective. 

We exist to advance and distinguish the role of urgent care medicine as a healthcare destination and support the ongoing success of our membership through education, advocacy, community awareness, benchmarking and promoting standards of excellence.

UCAOA’s values drive everything we do.  As an organization we believe in:

  • A commitment to excellence in all of our endeavors.  We continually seek to improve and distinguish ourselves through innovation and the quality of our work.
  • Respectful and participatory communication.  We promote and encourage thoughtful and collegial discourse.
  • Industry leadership.  We create value for all of our stakeholders by promoting the advancement and recognition of urgent care medicine.
  • Fairness and integrity.  We operate with the highest ethical standards to sustain a community of trust and transparency.

Vision: To be the catalyst for the recognition of urgent care as an essential part of the health care system.

Main Activities:  
Educational Programs - clinical and practice management via conferences, self-study, Fellowships, and monthly Journal of Urgent Care Medicine.

Resources - policy & procedure manual, benchmarking studies, topical articles, clinical guidelines, and members-only resources (templates, job descriptions, sample forms).

Leadership - criteria for Certified Urgent Care, accreditation partnership with the Joint Commission, legislative initiatives, H1N1 pandemic planning.

Structure:  Headquarters in Chicago suburbs with a secondary office in Tampa Bay. UCAOA does not own or manage any urgent care centers.


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