Hartford HealthCare opens urgent care center in Milford, its first at Connecticut’s shoreline

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Hartford HealthCare’s urgent care network on Friday opened a center in Milford, extending its presence to Connecticut’s shoreline.

The Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care in the Milford Marketplace on Boston Post Road increases its total number of centers in Connecticut to 20.

“Ensuring Connecticut residents have easy access to care when and where they need it is key to ensuring the health of the region,” said Eric Walsh, medical director, Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care.

The urgent care center will treat illnesses and injuries that aren’t life-threatening, provide X-ray service and offer COVID-19 evaluation and testing. Those seeking care in the Milford area or any of the urgent care centers may walk in or reserve a place and pre-register online.

Hartford HealthCare describes its GoHealth Urgent Care centers as an “on-demand consumer-centric care platform that serves as the digital and physical front door” to its health care system.

GoHealth operates more than 171 on-demand care centers in the U.S., including the New York metropolitan area.

Hartford Healthcare employs 33,000 health care workers and posted operating revenue of $4.9 billion in 2021.

Hartford HealthCare is aggressively extending its reach across Connecticut. Last week, it announced with Quinnipiac University a $5 million, five-year partnership to bolster the health care workforce battered by COVID-19 and attract more workers to keep up with demand.

The hospital system and university will develop at Quinnipiac’s North Haven campus programs and educational and workforce opportunities in the schools of medicine, nursing and health sciences.

Over the last decade, Hartford Healthcare has grown into a massive statewide health system with a workforce of 33,000 as it collected medical practices and hospitals across Connecticut.

It acquired the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain in 2011, Backus Hospital in Norwich in 2013 and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington in 2018. In 2019, it acquired St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, challenging Yale New Haven Health System in southwest Connecticut. In recent years Hartford HealthCare also added the Southington Surgery Center, other Hartford and Waterford surgery centers, as well as Middlesex Cardiology and Soundview Medical Associates

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center recently filed suit against Hartford HealthCare and its subsidiaries, claiming that it is trying to create a monopoly on hospital services by acquiring physician networks, particularly cardiologists, and demanding that they refer their patients only to Hartford HealthCare.

Stephen Singer can be reached at ssinger@courant.com.

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