WEST READING — Tower Health has announced that it will open a new urgent care location in Montgomery Township on Monday, Feb. 15. Located in the Gwynedd Crossing Shopping Center, 1210 Bethlehem Pike, the new Tower Health Urgent Care center will be the health system’s 25th location.
“We are excited to bring another Tower Health Urgent Care facility to the Montgomery County community,” Charles Barbera, MD, Tower Health vice president, pre-hospital and unscheduled care, said in a press release. “Our goal is to provide high-quality, accessible care to our patients right in their own community and this new location is (an) opportunity to do just that.”
The Berks County-based health system’s network of urgent care centers are open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., providing walk-in care for a variety of conditions. Flu vaccines and COVID-19 testing are also available at all Tower Health Urgent Care locations, while rapid COVID-19 testing is available for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Tower Health Urgent Care was formed in late 2018 when Tower Health completed its acquisition of 19 facilities then owned by Premier Urgent Care. The goal of the acquisition, the company said at the time, was to expand Tower Health’s services portfolio to span a complete continuum of care.
When the acquisition was completed in December 2018, Tower Health became the largest provider of urgent care services — based on weekly visits — in the metropolitan Philadelphia area.
Urgent care provides an important avenue for Tower Health patients to access healthcare services, particularly when their primary care provider is unavailable or if they do not have one, the release stated.
The new facility will be staffed by board-certified physicians and advanced practice providers. To provide fully integrated care, all Tower Health Urgent Care Centers use EPIC, the electronic medical record in use across Tower Health. EPIC brings patient health information from Tower Health care sites into one health record.
After quick growth, Tower Health has been struggling financially — posting losses that grew steeper during the pandemic. Executives had said Tower Health may need to sell hospitals or other assets. However, in a letter to employees Jan. 29, Tower Health CEO Clint Matthews said no decisions about facilities have been made.
The Berks County-based Tower Health owns seven of the region’s hospitals including: Brandywine Hospital in Caln Township, Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, Jennersville Hospital in Penn Township in southern Chester County, Pottstown Hospital in Pottstown and Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville — which were acquired in 2017 — as well as Reading Hospital in West Reading and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. It also includes Reading Hospital Rehabilitation at Wyomissing; Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences in West Reading; and home healthcare services provided by Tower Health at Home.