Chris Van Gorder
Scripps CEO Chris Van Gorder at the opening of the first HealthExpress location. Courtesy Scripps

Scripps Health announced a major expansion into walk-in clinics with the opening of the second Scripps HealthExpress Monday to be followed by 11 more over the next three months.

All HealthExpress locations are open to the general public, not just Scripps patients. Same-day services range from cold and flu care to vaccinations, point-of-care testing, and school, camp and sports physical exams.

“More than ever, consumers are looking for convenient health care services that fit into their busy schedule,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO. “HealthExpress is designed to provide high-quality medical services close to where people live and work. That’s why we are expanding this concept across the county.”

The pilot location opened in University City in late 2015. Over the coming months, additional HealthExpress locations will open in Solana Beach, Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Valley, Hillcrest, Eastlake, Mission Valley, Torrey Pines, Oceanside, Rancho San Diego, Encinitas and Vista.

“Scripps HealthExpress is designed to meet the needs of patients who are looking for the convenience of a same-day, walk-in clinic,” said Siu Ming Geary, an internal medicine specialist and vice president, primary care for Scripps Clinic Medical Group. “We aim to provide a high level of service that coordinates seamlessly with the care provided by patients’ primary care doctors.”

HealthExpress will accept payment through most health insurance plans as well as by credit card, cash and check.

Scripps Health treats more than 700,000 patients annually at its five acute-care hospital campuses and 27 outpatient centers and clinics.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.