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Banner Health purchases Urgent Care Extra’s 32 facilities in Arizona

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PHOENIX — Banner is already Arizona’s largest private employer with more than 40,000 employees in the state. That number will increase by more than 400 in the next couple of months.

Banner Health announced Wednesday it purchased Urgent Care Extra’s 32 facilities in Arizona, which will open as a part of Banner on Oct. 1.

“We are very excited to extend the Banner brand to these numerous locations,” said Becky Kuhn, Executive Vice President/Community Delivery for Banner Health. “We know that urgent care is valued for convenience, quality and affordability for routine care, and now consumers at these urgent care centers can also count on the comprehensive services and support of Banner Health should they require a higher level of care.”

According to the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, urgent care centers nationwide are increasing in numbers. There are approximately 9,300 walk-in, stand-alone urgent care centers in the country, while 50 to 100 new clinics open every year, said the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine.

By the end of 2017, Banner Health anticipates it will have as many as 50 Banner Urgent Care centers in Arizona.

“It’s clear why growing numbers of consumers use urgent care centers for routine care and for care during hours when most doctors’ offices are closed,” Kuhn said. “Banner is working hard to be where consumers want us to be, and when they want us to be there.”

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