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Optum Merging Urgent care clinic Services

Release Date: 5/8/2013

May 8, 2013

Debra Hammer, Optum


Optum Merging Urgent care clinic Services

Consolidation will better serve patients and accommodate Urgent Care volumes

(Albuquerque, N.M.)— Optum announced today that the Urgent Care services between its Journal Center and Montgomery locations will be consolidated, effective Monday, July 1. The Montgomery location (9101 Montgomery Blvd. NE) will no longer offer Urgent Care services Monday through Friday, but will retain the Urgent care clinic hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

The services offered at Optum Journal Center Urgent care clinic (5150 Journal Center Blvd. NE), such as CT scans and Ultrasounds, offer patients better, more comprehensive care, and will get even better over time with additional stat lab capabilities being added. Journal Center also has the space to accommodate increased Urgent Care volumes and is centrally located in Albuquerque. 

The move will not decrease the number of staff members manning Optum’ three Urgent care clinics.  Additionally, if needed, the primary care providers at Montgomery will have extended hours to accommodate walk-in patients who have urgent or same-day needs. 

“As we move further into our Total Care Model, we want to ensure that we are using all of our resources in the most effective way for our patients,” said Lance Wilson, MD, Optum Medical Director of Urgent Care. “These changes represent improved service for our patients and we look forward to growing a key component of our Total Care Model – getting patients the right care at the right time at the right place – with our Urgent care clinics.”

Optum currently operates three Urgent Care facilities with locations at Journal Center, Montgomery and Rio Rancho. Recently, Optum expanded Urgent care clinic hours to meet the needs of patients and to help keep them healthy and out of the hospital.  Journal Center and Rio Rancho Urgent care clinic locations are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Patients should use Optum Urgent care clinics for any non-life threatening medical illness or injury that requires immediate attention.

About Optum

Optum is a physician-led, multi-specialty medical group based in Albuquerque, NM. The company offers comprehensive health care services backed by 43 medical and surgical specialties with 19 locations throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Optum recently merged with Optum HealthCare Partners LLC, a nationally recognized leader for its pioneering work in coordinated care. For more information about Optum, please visit or call 262-7000.


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