Urgent Care Now

Paint Shield® Project Profile:
Urgent Care Now

Urgent care centers are a rapidly growing segment of the healthcare industry. Since the first of these centers opened in the 1970s, there are now more than 10,000 across the country.

These facilities provide walk-in treatment for sudden or unexpected illnesses and injuries that are beyond the scope of a typical primary care practice, but don’t require a costly trip to the ER, according to Urgent Care Now in New Jersey.

Urgent care fills a gap in the health care system created by two fundamental issues: increasing wait times to see primary care physicians and the cost and wait times for emergency room visits.

“Our Manahawkin site is the first urgent care in New Jersey to be accredited by both the Joint Commission and the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA), which we feel set the gold standard for quality and patient safety within the urgent care industry,” says James K. Jones, Director of Business Development for Urgent Care Now.

So when the time came for an interior repaint at the Manahawkin, N.J. center, it made sense to use new Paint Shield® Microbicidal Paint from Sherwin-Williams.

Paint Shield is the first EPA-registered microbicidal paint and kills greater than 99.9 percent of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes within two hours of exposure on the painted surface.

It continues to kill 90 percent of these bacteria even after repeated contamination for up to four years when the integrity of the surface is maintained.

They first became aware of this revolutionary new coating when they were given a presentation by their local Sherwin-Williams rep.

“We are using this product as another step to provide a healthy community for the residents and visitors. We have used Paint Shield in our Manahawkin office in all but two exam rooms. We plan on using the product in the other two exam rooms, our procedure room and our waiting room.”

“This will also be the plan for our other sites in Lanoka Harbor and Toms River. And our newest location, which is still being fitted, will be painted with Paint Shield. Our goal is to use this product in all patient-related areas.”

Application of the product was a breeze for Dennis Motta, the Urgent Care Now Facilities Director who painted the rooms at the Manahawkin facility. After cutting in, he rolled on two coats.

“I really like Paint Shield,” he says. “I would absolutely recommend this to other facilities like ours.”