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October 10, 2022 / 2022 Power 25 Health Care

2022 Power 25 Health Care: Eric Walsh

Urgent care facilities are one of the most competitive growth areas in health care as hospitals and others try to direct patients away from the costly emergency department to lower-cost satellite locations closer to home.

Hartford HealthCare and its partner GoHealth Urgent Care have been among the most aggressive builders of urgent care centers in Connecticut.

Leading that effort is Eric Walsh, medical director of Hartford HealthCare-GoHealth Urgent Care.

Walsh, who joined HHC in March 2019, said his team added five GoHealth Urgent Care centers in the state from October 2021 to May 2022 in Hartford and New Haven counties, with the most recent location on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington.

There are now 23 HHC urgent care centers in the state with more to come.

Walsh, who grew up in Bloomfield and Miami, Florida, told the Hartford Business Journal in May that growth of urgent care centers — which provide treatments for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries and offer things like flu shots, COVID testing, lab work and X-rays — is a trend that will continue.

“When we open urgent care centers in new communities like Newington, people are able to receive high-quality care, closer to their home or workplace,” he said.

Walsh also recently launched a new virtual behavioral health talk therapy, aimed at providing greater access to mental health resources, an area with critical demand and challenging accessibility.

Walsh served Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as an advisor on HIV/AIDS. He graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California, where he received his master’s degree and a doctorate in public health.

He is also an adjunct professor at the University of St. Joseph nursing school in West Hartford.

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