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When your doctors are affiliated with Monarch, a part of OptumCareTM, a lot more care comes with them. Beyond your choice of over 2500 physicians and specialists, you also get access to specially trained health care teams that help and support you on your path to wellness.

Plus, you get access to 24 leading hospitals, over 65 urgent care centers, over 45 radiology centers and over 35 labs – locate them here.

Get the expertise that comes with over 20 years of experience caring for seniors and families. Joining is easy. Call today to get the strength of Monarch behind your doctor and the added care you deserve.

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"To evaluate the value of Monarch HealthCare, you have to do so by comparing it to what other groups offer. You also have to look past how much you receive in capitation and see what other services are available to your practice. For example, Monarch has behind-the-scenes case management, a broad specialty network and a quick authorization process. If I had to spend my time chasing down referral requests, it would be a waste of my time and my staff¹s time. So when you add it all up, Monarch does it better and supports doctors better. The organization has shown it has invested its resources into developing systems to help me."

Robert Lazatin, M.D. | Internal Medicine, Laguna Hills

As a physician coming from a staff model type of practice, I was very concerned about jumping into a private practice. It was not an easy decision. But by joining Monarch HealthCare, it was as if I had a safety net to help me care for my patients. And from a financial, personal and medical perspective, it made sense. With Monarch, I was able to meet my lofty practice growth expectations while practicing medicine the way I was trained to. In addition, I¹ve worked with Monarch HealthCare¹s marketing department since I joined the group in September 2005 and they continually provide me with outstanding opportunities to build my practice. Without their help and guidance, I¹m certain my practice wouldn¹t be growing at the pace it is..."

Jesus Valadez, M.D. | Internal Medicine, Laguna Hills

"Monarch Healthcare presents me with an excellent foundation to practice medicine the way I want to practice. They accomplish this by providing me with a comprehensive package of resources and tools. More specifically, their Practice Connect® tool grants me immediate access to select patient information and allows me to obtain approval for most patients while they are still in the office. As a result, my patients are happier and get the additional care they need more quickly and conveniently."

Peter DeSilva, M.D. | Family Practice, Rancho Santa Margarita

"I have been working with Monarch HealthCare since June 2005 and am extremely pleased for several reasons. Initially, Monarch made the contracting process easy ­ one application was sufficient to set-up with Monarch, as well as all affiliated health plans. With Monarch¹s Internet based referral system, Practice Connect ®, the authorization process for my patients is simplified and very easy to use. There are no paper trails to follow, no faxing back and forth, and no phone calls required. Finally, the staff from Monarch is the best! They are very friendly and are always ready to help patients and providers."

Yanbing Zeng, MD. | General Practice, Laguna Hills

Medical problems sometimes happen when your doctor's office is closed. Monarch wants to assure you that if you need urgent care, we're available.

Urgent Care facilities are for illnesses that cannot wait until the next business day, but do not require the full services of a hospital emergency room. After-hours Urgent Care is available on a walk-in basis at Urgent Care centers throughout Orange County. Emergency room visits may involve longer wait times because the wait to be seen is based on severity of illness, not arrival time. Urgent Care centers are a proper and faster means of treating non-life threatening, urgent medical issues after hours.

In the event of an emergency, call your physician or 911. However, we're happy to provide you assistance. Below are examples of when you might use an Urgent Care or an emergency room.

Urgent Care:Symptoms best handled at an Urgent Care facility typically include:

  • Shortness of breath caused by asthma or emphysema
  • Stomach pain
  • High fever
  • Sore throat or ear aches
  • Minor cuts, skin infections and rashes
  • Minor fractures or broken bones

Emergency Room:In life-threatening situations, call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room if you experience:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Sudden weakness or difficulty talking
  • Chest pain
  • Severe head injuries
  • Major burns
  • Spinal injuries

If you are interested in visiting a facility that is aligned with Monarch, our Urgent Care Centers are listed online!
Go to the homepage and click on the Urgent Care link for an up-to-date listing of available Monarch urgent care centers. Monarch also offers instant information on Urgent Care centers and other care facilities with our new Monarch CareFinder program for smart phones. Find the closest locations and get directions along with important information like address, hours of operation and services performed.

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Download our FREE Mobile app that instantly locates the nearest physician offices, urgent care, labs & radiology and 24-hour pharmacies.

Go to the iPhone or Android app stores, or you can simply scan the code here.

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