What is an Urgent Care Facility and What Do They Treat?

Date Created: 06/07/2015
By Nicholas Dodaro, M.D., ABEM, FACEP

When we get sick or injured we usually visit our primary care physician or if it’s severe, we go to the hospital emergency room (ER). Did you know there are other options, like an urgent care facility?

An urgent care facility is a type of walk in clinic, similar to an ER, that focuses on the delivery of ambulatory care in a dedicated medical facility. Most urgent care centers primarily treat injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require a visit to the hospital.

Urgent care centers assist people with illnesses or injuries that do not appear to be life threatening, but can’t wait until the next day. Plus these centers can also treat minor care situations like neck injuries, flu infections or ear infections. 


GuideWell Emergency Doctors is a new clinical model that sits in between urgent care facilities and the hospital emergency room. Our team of board certified emergency medicine physicians and medical staff are prepared to treat major medical conditions, as well as minor urgent care needs in a convenient and comfortable environment.

Our facility is equipped with 18 examination rooms and on-site diagnostic equipment, so no matter the injury or illness big or small, we are prepared to handle it!

Some major medical conditions we treat include: shortness of breath, congestive heart failure exacerbation, motor vehicle injuries, head injuries and many more. Please visit our services page for a broad range of care for all ages.

Whether your illness or injury is big or small, GuideWell Emergency Doctors will be able to provide care to you and your loved ones. 

Nicholas Dodaro, M.D., ABEM, FACEP

Dr. Dodaro is board certified with the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a graduate of Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. His residency training included an internship at Georgetown University in Internal Medicine followed by Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida HSC Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Dodaro still enjoys seeing patients in all Crucial Care facilities and serves in a variety of leadership and management roles throughout the organization. He has held privileges in a variety of settings, such as private hospitals, free standing Emergency Departments, and Academic Medical Centers. He is actively involved in the growth and development of the Crucial Care Management Services based in Jacksonville. Dr. Dodaro enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

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