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University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health to open urgent care centers in Harford

Harford to get new network of urgent care centers.

Continuing a trend in urgent care, the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health plans to partner with a Towson-based urgent care company to open a network of centers in Harford County.

The company, ChoiceOne Urgent Care LLC, already partners with the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center to operate centers in Towson and Dundalk. A third will open in Phoenix in northern Baltimore County on Oct. 31.

ChoiceOne and UM Upper Chesapeake said they plan to open two urgent care facilities in Harford County in early 2016. The locations will be announced later and additional sites also will be developed.

Officials said the alliance aims to give people convenient access to health system care providers at lower cost. The new centers, for example, could steer people away from the generally more expensive emergency room for a variety of ailments ranging from infections to minor cuts and burns and broken bones.

Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

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