December 14, 2022

Cooley Dickinson Receives Urgent Care Accreditation

December 14, 2022

Cooley Dickinson Hospital has received the Urgent Care Association (UCA) Accreditation designation, the highest level of distinction for an urgent care center.

The criteria includes meeting standards for governance, human resources, patient care processes, quality improvement, physical environment, health record management, aa well as patient privacy, rights, and responsibilities. Accreditation is awarded on a three-year basis.

“This UCA Accreditation illustrates Cooley Dickinson’s overriding commitment to safety, quality, and scope of services,” said Catherine Reed, Administrative Director of Clinical Services. “It is also a testament to our staff’s unwavering alignment to those ideals and their compassionate care of our patients each and every day.”

Urgent care is a convenient and efficient option for urgent – but not emergency – medical conditions. Such conditions include unexpected cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures that do not require a visit to the Emergency Department but cannot wait for a primary care visit. Cooley Dickinson accepts unscheduled, walk-in patients and is equipped with x-ray, laboratory services, and licensed providers available to perform minor procedures such as casting and suturing.

Urgent care is an especially crucial now, as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put strain on the health care industry.

“Like nearly all hospitals across the country, Cooley Dickinson is facing steady, increased demand for medical and surgical admissions. That high occupancy rate has led to long wait times in the Emergency Department, due to a lack of available beds,” said Reed.

“We strongly encourage the public to seek care at our Urgent Care location for minor injuries and illnesses, and avoid the ED, if at all possible.”

Learn more about the Cooley Dickinson Urgent Care clinics.