CAMDEN, NJ — Veterans and family members hoping for greater access to walk-in urgent care appointments now have Cooper University Health Care centers as an option.
The health care system announced the change today affecting its urgent care locations in response to a new benefit recently revealed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
The VA early this month launched a new urgent care/walk-in benefit under its community care programs and part of the MISSION Act. The program is applicable to care providers that are part of the TriWest network, such as Cooper Health.
“We are privileged to offer urgent care services to veterans and their families,” said Kevin O’Dowd, co-president/CEO of Cooper. “Cooper has a long commitment to the military community, and we provide a wide range of programs geared toward expanding health care access to active military, veterans, family members, and first responders. Among Cooper’s leading military programs is the first-in-the-nation Elite U.S. Army Resuscitation Forward Surgical Team Training Program and Hero Care Connect, a partnership with the Deborah Heart and Lung Center."
Cooper has three urgent care centers located in Audubon, Cherry Hill, and Cinnaminson, offering treatment for a wide range of medical conditions including colds and flu, seasonal allergies, cuts, breaks and sprains, fevers, and all other non-life-threatening conditions.
Each center is staffed by expert, board-certified emergency medicine physicians and offers on-site x-ray services. Cooper’s team of physicians and advanced practice providers treat patients of all ages – infants to seniors.
“Our urgent care centers offer the highest level care in a convenient setting, making it a great choice when faced with a sudden illness or minor injury as an alternative to the emergency department,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, co-president/CEO.
Under the new benefit, TriWest network urgent care/walk-in providers may treat veterans who self-present without a prior authorization on file. Prior to providing care, the urgent care staff will confirm the veteran’s eligibility.
The urgent care benefit covers treatment of non-emergent symptoms such as flu-like symptoms, wheezing, sprains, sore throats, painful urination, bumps and bruises, ear pain, and mild skin irritations, which are typically addressed by urgent care facilities and walk-in retail health clinics. Preventative and dental services are not included in the benefit.
To learn more about Cooper’s Urgent Care services, visit https://www.cooperhealth.org/services/urgent-care-center.