UNC Rex will open five new urgent care locations and will rebrand existing centers

UNC Rex Healthcare said Thursday that it plans to open five new urgent care centers across Wake County in the next year, while also simultaneously re-branding all of its urgent care centers.

The expansion, which comes as the UNC Health Care system builds more than a million square feet of new space around the Triangle, is part of the health care provider’s efforts to service a quickly growing region. Earlier this month, UNC Rex broke ground on a new 50-bed hospital in the Raleigh suburb of Holly Springs to serve the rapid population growth in that community.

UNC Rex’s urgent care centers, which have traditionally been under the branding of REX Express Care, will also change their names to UNC Urgent Care, an effort to create more consistency across the UNC Health Care network. UNC Health has hospitals and clinics across the state.

UNC Health uses the urgent care clinics as one of the entry points into its network, especially for many newcomers to the area that don’t yet have a primary doctor, UNC Rex Media Relations Manager Alan Wolf said in an email.

Tom Williams, vice president of Ambulatory Services for UNC Rex, said the new locations were selected specifically to accommodate population trends.

“As we consider where to add additional urgent care clinics, UNC REX considers a number of factors,” Williams, who oversees development of UNC Rex’s suburban facilities, said in a statement. “We look for high-growth areas where we don’t currently offer this type of affordable and accessible care. We also look at ZIP codes where patients are coming from when they use our existing urgent cares.”

The locations are:

  • Apex at 1059 Beaver Creek Commons Drive. (Expected to open this summer)
  • Garner at 1165 U.S. 70 West. (Expected to open this summer)
  • Morrisville at 1104 Market Center Drive. (Expected to open this summer)
  • Cary at 10030 Green Level Church Road. (Expected to open beginning of 2020)
  • An existing clinic in Cary at 1515 SW Cary Parkway is also moving into a new facility at 115 Kildaire Park Drive.

Four other existing REX Express Care centers — in Holly Springs, Knightdale, Raleigh and Wakefield — will also be changing their branding to UNC Urgent Care but will not be moving.

All UNC Rex urgent care centers open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and are open every day of the year, except Christmas Day. The clinics offer treatment for medical issues such as minor lacerations, sore throat or strep, cold and flu, among other things.

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