CEO Column Health Care Just When You Need It—with Urgent Care By John DiAngelo, Inspira Health Network President and CEO It seems our lives are becoming busier by the minute—long work hours, after school activities and weekends full of sports and social events. We’ve got more demands during our days and more commitments on our calendars. It’s not hard to understand why urgent care has become so popular over the last five to 10 years. Urgent care provides access to quality, non-emergency healthcare for a wide range of health issues during times when it can be otherwise difficult to see your primary care doctor. Inspira provides access to quality care with our 11 urgent care centers across South Jersey that are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Beyond knowing that there’s an urgent care center nearby, it’s important to know when it’s best to go to urgent care versus when the emergency room is more appropriate for care. Though services vary slightly from center to center, urgent care is best for minor and non-life-threatening health issues, such as nausea or vomiting, muscles aches and pains, colds and coughs, bladder and urinary symptoms, allergies and asthma attacks, sore throats and upper respiratory symptoms, to name a few. If you experience chest pain or shortness of breath, weakness in one side of your body, slurred speech, serious burns, a head or eye injury, seizures or other more severe symptoms, you should go to the emergency room for care. Inspira urgent care also offers X-ray services and provides school and sports physicals without even making an appointment. When you’re not feeling well, simply use the MyInspira app to view wait times and check in before arriving at an Urgent Care Center. You’ll receive text alerts so you can quickly get care when you arrive at a center. When you arrive, you’ll be treated by a doctor who can easily access your records and information from previous Inspira visits. Whether your last visit was another Inspira urgent care center or even one of our ERs, your medical records are available to the entire team. Keeping track of your visits, health history and any medications you may be taking is just another way we can provide you with the best care possible across the Inspira network. If the urgent care physician on staff prescribes a medication, you may be able to take it home with you before you leave. We keep limited prescriptions onsite—an added convenience to help you more quickly get on the road to recovery. Urgent care is gaining in popularity because it can help you get the care you need quickly without going to the emergency room. This helps you get well faster and can even help you save money—a win-win situation. It’s just another way Inspira can deliver a “WOW” experience to our South Jersey community.