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Good as Gold 

East Jefferson After Hours Urgent Care Centers (708 W. Esplanade Ave. Kenner, 461-9660; 2215 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 838-3524) and Gulf Coast After Hours (2810 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, 985-624-2845; 441 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 392-7337) have received Gold Seals of Approval from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. They are among six urgent care clinics in Louisiana that are the first in the nation to receive the accreditation.

  To earn the accreditations, the centers had to meet national standards established by the joint commission, an independent nonprofit organization, for care quality and safety as well as dedication to continually improving operations.

  Doctors at urgent care clinics provide treatment to patients with minor injuries and illnesses who cannot get an immediate appointment with their regular family physician. They serve as a more affordable alternative to emergency room visits.

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