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A new online health care member organization has been formed to provide a voice for the hundreds of urgent care providers in Alaska while serving as a clearinghouse for those wishing to provide goods and services to those providers. The Urgent Care Association of Alaska (UCAOAK) was formed after physicians and urgent care clinic owners expressed a need for an independent statewide association where members could share medical issues and concerns, Best Practices, marketing techniques, and ways to make the public more aware of the benefits of urgent care medicine. The UCAOAK was formed by Sam Yates, a veteran health care marketing professional based in Stuart, Florida, and a small group of advisors who represent urgent care, financial services, insurance, and other industries with ties to the urgent care and medical industry. The Urgent Care Association of Alaska is the 27th statewide association created by Yates geared towards an ultimate goal of state Associations throughout the United States.
"Ultimately, the Urgent Care Association of Alaska will greatly enhance the practice of urgent care medicine in Alaska," said Sam Yates, the founder of the Urgent Care Association of Alaska. "The Urgent Care Association of Alaska will be as active as its membership wishes to be in sharing information, educating the public and perhaps even taking on issues that are specific to the practice of urgent care medicine in Alaska or that may be related to the Affordable Care Act."
The Urgent Care Association of Alaska will also assist members with marketing, media releases, business development, and practice awareness.
Membership in the Urgent Care Association of Alaska is open to any urgent care provider in Alaska or those who have a connection to the urgent care industry.
"We are establishing similar associations in every state in the nation. Our goal is to raise awareness of the importance of urgent care medicine at a grass roots level, state by state, to encourage more professionals to become involved in Best Practices, educational efforts, and campaigns such as those associated with the Urgent Care Association of America on a national level. We are proud supporters of the Urgent Care Association of America and I have personally been involved in their educational efforts," Yates said.
Membership information for the Urgent Care Association of Alaska including dues, benefits, and educational opportunities are available online by visiting the association's website www.UCAOAK.org. "This is an opportunity for the urgent care industry in Alaska to help shape and create a statewide group that will ultimately increase awareness of urgent care as a major force in wellness," concluded Yates.
Yates is an urgent care marketing veteran who provides marketing and public relations services to a number of urgent care centers nationwide and has conducted marketing seminars for the Urgent Care Association of America. He is also the founder of the online Urgent Care Marketing Group www.UrgentCareMarketing.com.
The Urgent Care Association of Alaska (UCAOF) was founded to fill a growing need in Alaska for a unified, concerted voice from the urgent care medical community. This unified voice needs to be heard on a wide variety of medical, legislative, procedural, and business topics.
Starting as a small organization, the goal of the UCAOF is to quickly become a valuable resource for the urgent care medical community and an educational tool for the public, legislators, and regulatory agencies within Alaska. The Urgent Care Association of Alaska is dedicated to providing its members and vendors the tools and resources needed to remain viable, successful health care providers while expanding educational and business opportunities for all involved. You may contact the Urgent Care Association by visiting their website at www.UCAOAK.org.