Simplicity Urgent Care
Simplicity Urgent Care is a neighborhood center that is open evenings and weekends, and never requires on appointment.
Located at 3263 Columbia Pike in Arlington, our goal is to provide a medical center where you can see a doctor any day of the week – whether you have insurance or not.
From treating sore throats and cold-and-flu symptoms to cuts and abrasions, strains and sprains, and urinary tract infections, the doctors on our staff provide fast, friendly care, as well as immunizations, X-rays, drug screenings, travel medicine, and more.
For more information, visit www.simplicityurgentcare.com.
Summer is upon us and in this issue of our monthly newsletter, we offer advice on how to steer clear of the irritating poison ivy.
As ER docs, we have seen the potential devastating impact that a high dose of the poisonous plant can have — especially if you are allergic to it. Fortunately, if you know what it looks like, you can avoid it. And if you are exposed, we offer tips on what you can do to tame its impact.
October 1, 2011 — Inkandescent Public Relations was happy to help videographer Roger Munter with this documentary on Simplicity Urgent Care, an Inkandescent client since 2010.
“As health care costs continue to rise, these two ER docs who are trying to make it more affordable to get medical care,” Munter explains in this story, where viewers learn how Drs. John Jones and John Maguire are changing the way health care is delivered by establishing a new kind of health care facility—Simplicity Urgent care on Columbia Pike, in Arlington VA.
The documentary will be featured throughout October and November on the Arlington TV program, 26 Sq., and will run four times a day: 6:00 am, 9:30 am, 1:00 pm, 8:30 pm.
Click here to view the entire documentary on YouTube.
For more information about Simplicity Urgent Care, visit www.simplicityurgentcare.com.
We welcome Spring with advice on how to protect the sensitive skin of your loved ones with sunscreen.
Click inside to read an article by Dr. John Jones about the most recent research on the benefits of sunscreen, and provides tips on how much to use and when to apply it. In addition, Dr. John Maguire offers insight into when a sunburn is serious enough to head to an urgent care center or the emergency room — and what to expect when you get there.
Until next month, here’s to your health. — Drs. John Jones and John Maguire, co-owners, www.SimplicityUrgentCare.com
We welcome April with a note of thanks to all the patients we have seen in the last few months. Our staff of experienced physicians, nurses, and technicians are dedicated to treating your urgent-care problems. We are eager to help you understand the warning signs of potential long-term problems.
In this issue of our newsletter, we tackle one of those topics: prescription painkillers. While many people don’t worry about taking prescription narcotics for everything from severe toothaches and backaches to post-surgery pain — they may want to reconsider. See Dr. Jones’ article below on this growing epidemic.
We also invite you to review our newly updated page on Yelp.
Until next month, here’s to your good health. — Drs. John Jones and John Maguire, owners, Simplicity Urgent Care
April 2011, Yelp.com — In an effort to work more closely with their patients, Simplicity Urgent Care founders, Drs. John John and John Maguire, posted a new video to their homepage on Yelp.com.
“We strive to keep things simple, and there’s no better way to do that than to make it easy for our patients to share their thoughts about the work we’re doing on the powerful social media website, Yelp.com,” says Dr. Jones.
Dr. Maguire adds: “In this video, we were able to tell our story in words and video images, and I think that’s very helpful to people who may not have had the opportunity to use our services. We simply want people to know that if they need us, we’re here.”
Click here to view the new video: www.yelp.com/biz/simplicity-urgent-care-arlington.
Since March is Women’s History Month, we focus on some important women’s health issues in this month’s newsletter. For starters, Dr. Salma Haque helps women deal with headaches.
“It’s not uncommon, especially in women, and an acute attack can range from annoying to completely debilitating,” says Dr. Haque. “While some headaches are caused by the daily stresses of life, some do need your attention.”
For starters, she explains, it’s helpful to be able to differentiate between tension headaches and migraines. While many factors contribute to headaches for both men and women, including family history and age, the fact that women have more headaches than men has for years stirred research into causes and new treatments. The discovery of a new class of headache drugs, the triptans, which work on brain chemistry, has helped to push headache research into mainstream science.
March 2011, Counselor Magazine — Simplicity Urgent Care recently made news in Counselor Magazine regarding the promotional products they created to give to their patients. The marketing savvy doctors had their creative team put the Simplicity logo on lip balm, hand sanitizer, and refrigerator magnets — plus they mailed out brochures and postcards to thousands of residents living in the neighborhoods surrounding the urgent care center.
It helped draw attention. One patient, in fact, came in because a friend had given him a lip balm just days before he came down with the flu. Thanks to the fact that the logo and address were on the lip balm, the gentleman knew exactly where to go for treatment.
The docs give credit to Kelly Jan of CGMarketing, and the New York design firm run by Kelly Makes, for their help in creating these powerful marketing tools.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event. Nearly every minute, someone will die from it. In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a heart attack, and 470,000 had a recurrent attack.
As ER doctors, we know the chance of developing coronary heart disease can be reduced by taking steps to prevent and control the factors that put you and your loved ones at risk. That’s why knowing the signs and symptoms of heart attack are crucial to the most positive outcomes.
I always wish that it were easier to tell, but despite medical advances, we are still usually unable to answer the question at the time of that initial visit. Here’s why:
1. Chest pain is a very difficult symptom to pin a diagnosis to because it can be a sign of several other problems, including a broken rib, a blood clot, pneumonia, or a tear in the aorta, among other conditions.
2. That is why most physicians make a diagnosis based on the patient’s medical history. For instance, we know that if the patient smokes, has high cholesterol, and has a family history of heart disease, he or she is more likely to have a heart problem than the healthy triathlete.
3. Physicians are trained to create a differential diagnosis, which is a list of the possibilities that could be the cause of the symptoms. With chest pain as the presenting complaint, we care less about making a diagnosis and more about ruling out something that is life threatening.
Arlington, VA, January 20, 2011 — Imagine a neighborhood urgent-care office that is open nights and weekends, and accepts major insurance. That’s Simplicity Urgent Care, located at 3263 Columbia Pike in Arlington, VA.
The founders, Dr. John Jones and Dr. John Maguire, were joined by Arlington County Board Chairman Christopher Zimmerman, and Arlington Chamber President Richard V. Doud, Jr., for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“The Chamber is very excited to have a new urgent-care center in Arlington,” says Arlington Chamber President Rich Doud. “The facility is huge, incredibly clean, and very efficient. Those who choose Simplicity can rest assured that they’ll get the finest care.”
By Dr. John Jones
Simplicity Urgent Care
It always seems to happen at 6 p.m. You left your happy, healthy baby at the daycare center this morning, and now you have a cranky baby with a runny nose, cough, and a fever. Since your pediatrician’s office is closed for the day, you know you can wait until morning to see a doctor, or take your child to the emergency department or urgent care center. But are you overreacting?