Urgent Care

Tamara Belle (left), Nurse Practitioner for Internal Medicine, takes Sanai Mays (right), 5, to get an icepop for both her and her father at the AtlantiCare Urgent Care in Egg Harbor Township. February 17, 2016. (The Press of Atlantic City/ Viviana Pernot)

In efforts to expand its services throughout South Jersey, AtlantiCare officials announced that it has formed a partnership with Advocare, a large private medical group based in Marlton, Burlington County.

AtlantiCare, a member of Pennsylvania-based Geisinger, formed the partnership to improve access, quality and value for communities throughout southwestern New Jersey. The majority of AtlantiCare’s locations are based in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties.

Starting July 1, AtlantiCare urgent care centers in Berlin, Clementon, Hammonton, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel and Sicklerville, as well as a new Marlton facility opening this summer, will operate under both the AtlantiCare and Advocare names, officials said.

Advocare is a physician-owned multi-specialty group provider with about 200 locations throughout South, Central and North Jersey, as well as the Greater Philadelphia region, serving about 590,000 patients.

“Advocare’s strength in providing primary and specialty care in southwestern New Jersey, combined with AtlantiCare’s exceptional urgent care network, make this partnership beneficial for patients, doctors and staff,” Lori Herndon, AtlantiCare president and CEO, said in a statement.

The partnership is not a financial acquisition by either party, officials said.

Providers announced the partnership was formed to improve quality, patient experience and reduce cost for communities. Current Advocare patients will have access to AtlantiCare’s urgent care network during off hours, and AtlantiCare’s patients will have access Advocare’s network or primary and specialty care providers.

The organizations will share patient data electronically, they said.

“Aligning with AtlantiCare and its urgent care centers will allow us to continue serving residents throughout our region who need comprehensive care both during and after hours,” Dr. Howard Orel, Advocare president and CEO, said in a statement.

Contact: 609-272-7022 NLeonard@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressNLeonard

Previously interned and reported for Boston.com, The Asbury Park Press, The Boston Globe

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