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CRH Healthcare buys Patient's First urgent care network, hires key executives

Neil Levine joins CRH as Operations VP for Patients First; Marc Olsen signs on as CRH's Operations VP for Peachtree Immediate Care.

Beth Jones Sanborn, Managing Editor

Patients First Medical Center-Raymond Diehl. Photo by Google.Patients First Medical Center-Raymond Diehl. Photo by Google.

CRH Healthcare, an Atlanta, Georgia-based urgent care center operator, has acquired the assets of Patients First's seven centers, CRH announced.

Patients First is Tallahassee-area provider offering primary and urgent care services, as well as occupational health services, that serves roughly 100,000 patients a year.

CRH Healthcare is a growing urgent care network in the Southeast that operates 26 centers in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

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CRH will be investing in improvements in their new Patient's First facilities. A new electronic medical record system will be installed that allows integration of patient visits across their centers that is expected to go live within the next two months.

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Technology will be implemented that will simplify check-in processes including from home, work or other location, and will include features that will text unscheduled walk-in patients who opt wait off-site. Improved digital x-ray systems are also scheduled at the centers.

Finally, some of the facilities themselves are slated for renovation projects to improve their appearance and comfort.

These changes will accompany two notable changes in leadership. Neil Levine will assume the role of Vice President of Operations for Patients First, where he will oversee operations for the seven centers. Mr. Levine formerly served in executive roles at Davita Healthcare Partners, United Allergy Services and Vantage Oncology.

Marc Olsen has signed on as Vice President of Operations for Peachtree Immediate Care in early June.  Mr. Olsen will oversee operations for Peachtree Immediate Care's sixteen Atlanta area clinics. He served in previous roles at Wellstar Health System, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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