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Join UCA in Celebrating National Urgent Care Awareness Month this May

Author: UCA Admin/Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Categories: Industry News

National Urgent Care Awareness Month is held each May to celebrate the exceptional contributions of clinicians and professionals in urgent care and on-demand medicine, and to bring awareness to our vital industry.


UCA Members can access the Urgent Care Awareness Month Press Release Template and social media images through the Public Relations Toolkit (UCA Members must log in to access the materials).



Urgent Care Industry Facts

  • According to the UCA 2018 Benchmarking Report, there are more than 8,700 urgent care centers nationwide.
  • Over 14,000 patient visits occur in EACH urgent care center every year.
  • Urgent care centers are an ideal choice for non-life-threatening medical situations that require immediate attention, such as sprains, broken bones, the flu, colds and other common illnesses.
  • Additional statistics can be found in the 2018 Benchmarking Infographic and by downloading the UCA 2018 White Paper or purchasing the 2018 Benchmarking Report.


Community/Center Ideas to Promote Urgent Care Awareness Month

Sponsor a local health fair:

Engage your community with fun games and interactive exhibitions to provide them with tools and resources to understand, trust, and utilize your center's offerings. You may want to co-sponsor this event with a larger institution such as a hospital, health club or community center.



Host Q&A sessions for your patients:

Open the floor for your patients to address their health-related concerns and problems. This is a golden opportunity to build a stronger rapport with your patients and make them loyal to your services. You may choose to hold this event at your clinic or a local community center.


Staff Volunteer Projects:

Service is a vital component to any urgent care. Get your staff involved in efforts that can truly benefit your community.


Host an event for children:

Participate in a library reading hour that emphasizes good health and hygiene or host a fitness activity at your local community center. For older children consider speaking at school career days to share the fun and diversity of working in an urgent care or on-demand environment.


Talk to your local media:

National Urgent Care Awareness month is a perfect time to talk to your local media about highlighting how urgent care medicine is vital to the healthcare industry. Don't forget to use social media to get your message across as well.



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