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UCAOA Announces California Chapter

Thursday, November 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
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UCAOA is pleased to announce the launch of its newest state chapter. The California Urgent Care Association, or CalUCA, officially became part of the UCAOA family when documents were signed during the 2017 UCAOA Fall Conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. CalUCA subsequently convened a well-attended inaugural meeting during an evening reception at the hotel.

The mission of the California Urgent Care Association is to support the ongoing success of our California membership through strong advocacy and education and to promote urgent care as a patient-oriented, accessible, and cost-effective sector of our healthcare system. CalUCA anticipates providing the greatest value to its members through legislative advocacy, payer relations, representing urgent care in organized medicine and facilitating networking activities. 

The initial Board of Directors includes the following volunteers:
Roger Hicks, MD, President
Brett Walls, Vice President: 
Max Lebow, MD, Secretary
Armando Samaniego, MD, Treasurer: 
Damaris Medina, Esq.

Dr. Hicks was an active member of UCAOA’s Board of Directors for six years, and was elected Treasurer and subsequently Secretary of the Board during his tenure. Ms. Medina and Dr. Lebow are current UCAOA board members. Ms. Medina is now UCAOA’s treasurer and serves on the Board’s executive committee. This historical and current representation supports ongoing collaboration between UCAOA and CalUCA. 

Earlier this year the Northeast Regional Urgent Care Association (NERUCA) joined UCAOA as a chapter. The Urgent Care Association of Michigan was UCAOA’s first chapter. UCAOA and UCAOM jointly sponsored a regional conference last July.

UCAOA recognizes there are national, regional and state level issues that have the potential to impact urgent care centers, owners, and operators either favorably or negatively. Joining our voices to advocate and promote the value urgent care brings to the healthcare continuum is essential to ensure the future success of our industry. To learn more about UCAOA’s newest chapter, go to

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