Community Events & News
Visit New England Urgent Care’s booth at these upcoming community events. Get FREE gifts, chair massages* and health information! See you there!
West Hartford Location Grand Re-opening Celebration!
FREE flu shots*
Friday through Sunday, October 20th – 22nd
10 am – 3 pm
21 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT
See our expanded and updated West Hartford facility. Join us for free gifts and refreshments on Thursday and free flu vaccines Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
*Free flu vaccines for those 4 to 64 years of age while supplies last. Offer does not apply to vaccines for senior adults over 65 years of age.
Connecticut Women’s Expo 2017
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd. #400, Hartford, CT 06103
Stop by our booth for FREE giveaways, health tips and more!
Visit CT Women’s Expo page for tickets and more information
For information on upcoming New England Urgent Care events, please call us toll-free at 844-884-9911 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Chair massages are not available at all community events, please contact us for event details.
New England Urgent Care News
IT’S PA WEEK!
Each year from October 6-12, we celebrate National PA Week, which recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. New England Urgent Care is proud of its unique PA staff who are all trained in Emergency Medicine.
Here’s a message from Dr. Gutman:
About 50 years ago a handful of Navy Corp Men, who had probably seen and treated more trauma than the vast majority of Physicians at the time, having returned from the battle fields of Vietnam, graduated as the Unites States first Physician Assistants. Forward looking Physicians of that day recognized the potential of taking Men and Women of the armed forces who had done battlefield medicine and training them further so that they could assist in what was then viewed and continues to be a crisis of shortage of Physician Generalists. The rest is history.
This thumbnail history reminds me very much of my own experience with battlefield medicine and for that matter Navy Corp Men. In 2003/4 I was deployed to Iraq and was assigned the dubious task of being Battalion Surgeon for Abu Ghraib prison. Were it not for the competence and sense of purpose that a dedicated group of Navy Corp Men whom I led at the time,we would not have been able to accomplish the daunting task of treating and maintaining the health of 1500 American Soldiers and Six thousand Iraqi Prisoners. We managed to do this under the austere and stressful environment of the battlefield were we were being mortared on a regular basis. It was a true privilege to serve alongside and lead these amazing people.
I believe it was my experience with the Navy Corp Men which truly opened my eyes to the potential of working with Personnel who had substantive medical training and real life experience yet were not Physicians. It was thus not a huge leap of faith when Yahel and I decided to delegate the most sacred responsibility we have for our patients care and welfare to what are euphemistically called Physicians’ Assistants.
Our faith as it turned out has not been misplaced. As I often tell anyone who wants to listen, the PA’s that are part of New England Urgent Care can run circles around most Internists and Family Physicians that I know. Like those whom I served with in Iraq, our PA’s are highly competent and deliver their care with a sense of purpose. Also, they come together as a team delivering exceptional care under sometimes stressful circumstances as evidenced by that 80 year old man whose life was saved two weeks ago by an amazing team of PA’s, RN’s, MA’s, X-ray Techs and Front Desk Personnel. It also is a very true honor and privilege to serve and lead such an august team in New England Urgent Care. Please make sure you show your appreciation to our wonderful and talented Physician Assistant team not just this week, but also year round.
With the Greatest Respect and Admiration,
Yahel and Michael
Learn more about PAs at https://www.aapa.org/what-is-a-pa/
Primary Care is Coming to Enfield
This November, New England Urgent Care is opening a family medical practice for ongoing patient care and will be taking new patients. New England Primary Care will be located next to its Enfield urgent care center at 55 Hazard Avenue.
New England Primary Care is a patient-centered, family practice for every age — from newborns to the elderly. With extended weekday and weekend hours, we provide continuing, coordinated care so patients can conveniently manage their healthcare.
Contact us for more information about New England Primary Care in Enfield. Watch for future announcements!
New England Urgent Care “Best Of” Winner for Second Year
“We are very pleased to be recognized with this award. New England Urgent Care excels because of our dedication to ER-quality, walk-in medical care for all ages — from newborns to the elderly,” explains Medical Director and co-founder, Dr. Michael Gutman, MD, PhD, FACEP. “Patients wait less, pay less, receive high-quality treatment quickly without sacrificing service. And, we do it every day of the year.”
New England Urgent Care Provides First Aid Care at 5th Annual Bristol Half Marathon and 10K Race
It was only fitting that New England Urgent Care — The Bristol Press back-to-back “Best of Bristol” winner — provided first aid care at this year’s Half Marathon and 10K race. Proceeds benefitted The Fisher House Foundation, which supports military families of seriously injured soldiers in need a place to stay during their loved one’s rehabilitation.
“We were happy to participate in this year’s event,” explains Luciane Mastrangeli, New England Urgent Care’s lead X-ray Technologist. “Our company founders, Dr. Michael Gutman (MD, Ph.D., FACEP), and his wife Yahel (RN, BSN) both served in the armed forces. Dr. Gutman, a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, served overseas three times over a five-year period — twice to Iraq and once to Bosnia. Yahel served in the Israeli Army. Helping veterans is a cause we are behind 100 percent.” Both Michael and Yahel Gutman have extensive emergency medicine training and have worked in hospital Emergency Departments.
The race started at 8 a.m. The route took runners through the streets of Bristol starting at Clark Avenue. The 10 K race ended at Memorial Boulevard. The half marathon continued on up North Main Street, past West Cemetery, Birge Pond, around Chapel Street and back to the starting post. The run was followed by a pancake breakfast and also included a kid’s “Fun Run.”
Read the article in the Hartford Business Journal: “Manchester Clinic is Fifth for New England Urgent Care“
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Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting: New England Urgent Care Manchester
New England Urgent Care Manchester held a grand opening event on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at its newest location in Manchester. Over 40 people were in attendance. Attendees included the town’s Mayor Jay Moran, Deputy Mayor Margaret Hackett, and former Mayor Diana. Refreshments, giveaways, site tours, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony were part of the festivities. Longtime family friend and rabbi, Rabbi Adler, gave the blessing.
Mayor Moran praised New England Urgent Care for opening its newest location in Manchester. He said, “The most important thing in our community is safety and health. We welcome you to this community.”
Watch New England Urgent Care’s Medical Director and co-founder, Dr. Michael Gutman, MD, PhD, FACEP, welcome guests. He explains the benefits of being treated at New England Urgent Care vs. a hospital Emergency Department…
Award-Winning Urgent Care Opens in Manchester
MANCHESTER, CT — New England Urgent Care — Hartford County’s first Emergency-Trained and Certified Urgent Care — opened in the Manchester Parkade Plaza on Friday, March 3rd, 2017. The newest walk-in medical center is located at 370 Middle Turnpike West between Cardio Express and Stop & Shop. New England Urgent Care has four other clinics in the Greater Hartford area. They are in West Hartford, Enfield, Bristol, and Simsbury. New England Urgent Care has many awards for outstanding patient care.
As a Certified Urgent Care, New England Urgent Care has the training and on-site equipment such as x-rays, blood lab, EKG, respiratory and pharmacy to treat patients of every age. Even newborns, infants and the elderly. And, New England Urgent Care is experienced to handle a broader range of illnesses and injuries than non-Certified walk-in clinics. They also perform physical exams for camp, school, sport and work and offer complete work-related health services.
“We are excited to become part of the Manchester community,” commented New England Urgent Care’s Medical Director and co-founder, Dr. Michael Gutman. “Our business model is simple. We provide ER-quality, cost-effective walk-in medical care for all non-emergency illnesses and injuries for all ages. Patients wait less and pay less for high-quality care. And, they get treated fast and efficiently with compassion every day of the week.”
“Care” in action. Employees Feed West Hartford Families in Need this Thanksgiving
Physician Assistant Michael Zerbe and Lead Radiology Technician Luciane Mastrangeli organized the effort. They worked with West Hartford Social Service Director, Ed Sandy.
Zerbe said, “It was a combined effort with the Elmwood-West Hartford Stop & Shop, which generously donated $100 towards our collection. New England Urgent Care employees collected enough money for 18 Thanksgiving dinners. Each Stop & Shop dinner package feeds a family of six and is valued at $59.99. The package included a 12-pound turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, green bean casserole, and a pie.”
The Monday before Thanksgiving, New England Urgent Care employees bought dinner package vouchers from Stop & Shop and deliver them to West Hartford Social Services. They were given to an assigned family in need.
“New England Urgent Care employees are excited their contribution helped needy families this holiday,” explained Mastrangeli. “We care about our patients and our community. This is another way for us to put our compassion for others into action.”
Veteran’s Day Message from New England Urgent Care Medical Director Michael Gutman, MD, PhD, FACEP
Great turnout at Celebrate West Hartford! Thank you for stopping by!
CTNow 2016 Reader’s Poll Winner!
New England Urgent Care has won best urgent care in area Reader’s Polls! Thank you for making us #1!
Concerns about the Zika virus?
Mosquitoes spread many types of viruses and parasites that can cause diseases like dengue, Zika, and malaria.
Symptoms of Zika virus
Signs and symptoms of Zika virus are vague and can last for up to a week. The virus is typically confirmed with a blood test.
Symptoms of Zika virus include:
- Joint pain
- Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
- Muscle pain
- Pain behind the eyes
According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), only 1 in 4 people infected with Zika virus develop symptoms.
Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing. Treat clothes with EPA-registered insecticide for extra protection.
- Use only an EPA-registered insect repellent. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection. Use an insect repellent with one of these Active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023), Bayrepel, icaridin, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or IR3535
- Always follow the product label instructions.
- Reapply insect repellent every few hours.
- Do not spray repellent on the skin under clothing.
- Using a sunscreen too? Apply that first, then repellent second.
In the U.S., the EPA has not evaluated most of the commonly known natural repellents for effectiveness. Examples include citronella oil, cedar oil, geranium oil, peppermint and peppermint oil, pure oil of lemon eucalyptus, soybean oil. The CDC recommends using an insect repellent containing an active ingredient shown both to be safe and effective.
NBC Health & Wellness Festival
Dr. Michael Gutman named Veterans Day speaker
WEST HARTFORD — Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, Dr. Michael Gutman was the guest speaker for the 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony at the Connecticut Veterans Memorial West Hartford. The American Legion Post 96, West Hartford organized and hosted the ceremony.
Dr. Gutman joined the US Army Reserves shortly after 9/11 and got his commission as a Major on June 4, 2002. He was deployed three times to combat zones, twice to Iraq and once to Bosnia over the n4ext six years. He was part of the 405th Combat Support Hospital based in West Hartford and was the commander of the 947th Forward Surgical Team for three years. On his first deployment to Iraq, Dr. Gutman served as the Battalion Surgeon at Abu Ghraib prison in 2003-04.
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New England Urgent Care named Best of Bristol two years in a row!
- Fourth New England Urgent Care location in Bristol, Connecticut
- Certified Urgent Care Designation from the Urgent Care Association of America
- New England Urgent Care, West Hartford is open to meet a critical need for urgent medical care in West Hartford and the Farmington Valley