Providence Alaska Brings Express Care, Express Care Virtual to Anchorage, Eagle River
ANCHORAGE—Providence Express Care and Express Care Virtual services are now available in Alaska. Express Care clinics are open in four locations in Anchorage, with another clinic set to open in Eagle River in early 2020.
Express Care provides care close to where people work and live with same-day visits seven days a week with extended hours. Appointments can be scheduled online, so patients can find a time that fits their schedule. Providers will be able to treat common conditions as well as offer screenings and tests.
Clinics are now open at 1389 Huffman Park Drive; 345 W 104th Ave.; 2900 Seward Highway (Midtown Mall near Carrs); and 1118 N Muldoon Road (Tikahtnu Commons).
“With Express Care, Providence is showing our commitment to creating ‘Health for a Better World’ by increasing access to care,” said Preston M. Simmons, DSc., FACHE, chief executive, Providence Health & Services Alaska. “We are excited to make everyday health and wellness even more convenient for the communities we serve by offering care close to home.”
Providence brings this new service to Alaska after conversations with the Public Education Health Trust, which provides health insurance to public education employees in Alaska.
Services in Alaska include:
- Express Care: Provides care close to where people work and live with most insurance accepted. PSJH will be opening five Express Care clinics in Alaska in 2019—four in Anchorage and one in Eagle River.
- Express Care Virtual: Patients can receive care without leaving their home or office. Express Care Virtual provides online appointments with a provider via computer or mobile device with most insurance accepted. Providers can diagnose and treat minor medical concerns and prescribe medication or lab work as needed. Mobile use is possible by downloading the Providence Health Connect app.
If a higher level of care or follow-up is needed, Providence can help navigate to primary care based on patient convenience. If patients are unable to be treated during a visit to an Express Care location and they must be referred elsewhere, they are not charged for their visit.
For more information and a list of clinic locations, visit www.providenceexpresscare.org. For more information about Express Care Virtual, including conditions we treat, visit https://virtual.providence.org/.
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.