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By Bill Heller, Weatherby Healthcare
Urgent care centers operate at a fast pace and the need for more of this style of healthcare is growing quickly. According to the 2017 Urgent Care Association benchmarking report, 90 percent of urgent care centers anticipated growth in 2016 and 73 percent acquired or built a new location. Urgent care centers are expanding around the country and often find themselves short-staffed or in need of additional staff to open new locations.
Locums let you expand quickly
Utilizing locum tenens physicians is a simple way for urgent care centers to expand their location offerings or services. A locum tenens physician can show up and work for a few shifts or stay for weeks or months until a permanent provider can be hired.
We have worked with a number of facilities that will bring a locums into an existing facility just to get them familiar with their processes so they can be sent to open a new location. The ability to bring in a locums lets urgent care centers be much more nimble as they expand to new locations and communities. We can often have a locum tenens physician ready to work in a matter of days, while recruiting for a permanent position may take many months.
Finding the right locums physician for your urgent care center
Urgent care centers have unique needs and have the ability to hire family medicine, emergency medicine, or internal medicine/pediatric physicians to treat their patients. Additionally, urgent care work is usually faster than what a lot of physicians are used to. They see three to five patients an hour and must be able to adjust to constantly changing conditions.
When looking at potential locum tenens physicians look for these attributes:
Most healthcare facilities have robust plans for onboarding permanent physicians who join their teams. A good onboarding strategy results in physicians who feel welcomed, understand what is expected of them, and know where to turn if they have questions, so they can provide the best possible care for their patients.
Locums are often only at a facility for a short time, this can be especially true for urgent care centers. It’s important that a locums doctor can come in and be ready to work. For the physician to be successful, a good onboarding program is key. Ensure your onboarding is ready to go with these tips:
Physicians want to work in urgent care
Urgent care is a highly competitive field. There are a ton of jobs out there and a lot of providers looking to work locums. It’s important you find the ones that are going to improve your practice and serve your patients well.
Have more questions about how locums can help fill your urgent care staffing needs? Check out this resource for facilities looking to hire locum tenens providers.
An avid thrill seeker, Bill Heller makes the most of living in the Sunshine State. He enjoys skydiving, scuba diving, motorcycling, and whitewater rafting. But he has been just as adventurous in his career. Early on, he was in charge of the operations for several nurse staffing companies. When he decided he needed even more of a challenge, he took the lead on launching a new nurse staffing brand.
Bill joined the CHG Healthcare family in 2007 and has since led our travel imaging and radiation therapy divisions and served as president of RNnetwork. He was named the president of Weatherby Healthcare in 2015.
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