Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart is among several U.S. supermarket and drug store chains that in the past couple of years have begun opening store-based health clinics, which are staffed mostly by nurse practitioners or physician assistants and offer quick service for routine conditions from colds and bladder infections to sunburn.
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During the course of the Store Clinic, Paco engages with the group, identifying elements that work in each store visited, as well as key takeaways, while highlighting best practices and possible improvements/recommendations.
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Illinois residents with tender throats and agonizing earaches are increasingly heading to store clinics — not just their doctors — for treatment.
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A Store Clinic offers executives an unparalleled, fun look inside their businesses, what's working, what's not, and why it matters. Customized to meet the needs of participants, the program is an intimate, practical and informative way to spend anywhere from a single hour to a full business day.Walgreens is taking a closer look at its in-store clinic business under its new management team put in place after the merger with European druggist Alliance Boots. In May, the company closed 35 clinics around the country, including two in the Chicago area, as part of a larger cost-cutting program, spokesman Jim Cohn said.The partner is Providence Health & Services, a nonprofit Catholic health system based in suburban Seattle that operates 34 hospitals and 475 doctor's offices in the Northwest and California. Providence plans to open up to 25 clinics inside Walgreens stores in Seattle and Portland over the next few years, the two companies said Thursday.You've got that telltale tickle in your throat again, and you're pretty sure it's not just another cold. But your doctor's office says the next open appointment is in two weeks. You're traveling for business in another city. You don't have a primary care physician to call. You're self-employed and don't have health insurance.
For all these reasons and more, potential patients are turning increasingly to retail clinics to cure their minor ailments.
According to a 2008 report by Mary Kate Scott of Scott & Co., the number of retail clinics in the United States grew from 150 to nearly 700 clinics last year. Renting space in drugstore chains such as CVS and Walgreens, major retailers such as Wal-Mart, and even hospitals, the clinics are filling a need for convenience, cost and a more consumer-like approach to health care.