ATLANTA, Dec. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American CareSource Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:GNOW), operating under the tradename GoNow Doctors (the "Company"), has closed an asset acquisition of Medac Health Services, P.A., ("Medac") for a purchase price of $5.7 million. GoNow Doctors is an urgent and primary care public company trading on Nasdaq under the symbol "GNOW." For over 30 years Medac has delivered high-quality, convenient medical care to members of its community, making it the provider of choice for urgent care services in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The Company acquired the Medac assets, which it will lease back to conduct daily business within the urgent care centers. The Company will now also assume management and operational support of Medac's four urgent care centers and its emergency medicine management business.

John Pappajohn, acting Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of American CareSource, elaborated on the acquisition: "Medac is comprised of an exceptional team of respected physicians. We are very pleased to be joined with them in our mission of providing quality care to patients.  A first-class operation with multiple well-situated locations, Medac is an established brand name in the Wilmington area.  As such, this asset acquisition fits our business objectives of acquiring and managing established urgent and primary care facilities.  We are confident that patients, doctors and shareholders will all benefit as we utilize our expertise to expand the Medac brand and franchise through additional strategic acquisitions and new center development."

The Medac acquisition represents the Company's initial asset acquisition in the state of North Carolina. With the completion of this transaction, the Company now owns or manages 14 urgent and primary care centers across the southeastern and eastern United States.

The Company expects that it will add to these four locations by continuing its acquisition and new center development efforts in the greater Wilmington marketplace. Such efforts are part of the Company's broader objective to become an urgent care leader in the eastern and southeastern United States.

Today there are approximately 10,000 urgent care clinics across the country, handling 160 million visits annually, and this number is expected to grow to more than 12,000 by 2019.

About American CareSource Holdings, Inc.American CareSource Holdings, Inc. owns and manages a growing chain of fourteen urgent and primary care centers operating under the tradename, GoNow Doctors and an ancillary services network that provides ancillary healthcare services through its nationwide provider network.

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Investor Relations Contact:Adam Winger, Vice President of AcquisitionsInterim CFO, General Counsel, and 250-8381

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