Solantic, the chain of urgent-care centers that Florida Gov. Rick Scott co-founded in 2001
, is expanding and changing its name to CareSpot Express Healthcare.
The Scott family held shares in the company until April 2011, when New York-based private-equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe bought out their stake and took over operations.
CareSpot Express, which has corporate offices in Nashville and in Jacksonville, Fla., plans to add 12 to 15 urgent-care centers to its current group of 29 by the end of the year, according to a news release
. It also plans to hire 150 new employees, bringing its total headcount above 700.
In addition, the chain said it will implement new technology that will allow patients, via computer or smartphone, to make appointments, determine wait times at a center and register before their appointments. All centers will also use electronic health records, which clinicians will be able to access from tablets.
"CareSpot Express Healthcare represents a new brand and a new vision for our company," said Solantic/CareSpot Express Healthcare CEO Mike Klein in the release. "Over the next few months, we'll be putting the pieces in place to create a better company, provide better service and deliver consumers quality healthcare at a reasonable price."