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St. Dominic partners with Wal-Mart to enter retail health market

The list of goods and services offered at the Walmart supercenter in Pearl is about to grow.

On Nov. 8, Jackson-based St. Dominic Hospital will open The Clinic at Walmart, a primary care clinic that represents the hospital’s first foray into the retail health market.

The clinic will provide a basic level of primary care and also help promote timely access to preventative services such as check-ups, immunizations and screenings.  Appointments are not necessary and insurance will be accepted.  Any referrals needed for additional care or diagnostic testing will be made through St. Dominic’s network of primary care and specialty clinics as well as St. Dominic Hospital.  The clinic will also be connected to St. Dominic’s electronic health record system.

“The clinic will offer the community another option for accessible, quality healthcare services in a family-friendly environment,” said Kevin Flynn, vice president of network administration for St. Dominic’s, in a press release. “Our clinic is staffed with licensed healthcare providers with evening and weekend hours, so families can walk in and know they will receive quality care without a long wait.  Our mission is to serve the community and the Walmart Pearl location is one more way we can fulfill that mission.”

The clinic will be open for walk-in care from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

“Walmart is dedicated to serving our customers and our communities, and this type of clinic helps expand their access to quality healthcare,” said Bruce Shepard, Walmart’s director of healthcare innovations. “St. Dominic’s is a well-known and respected healthcare provider in this area, so our customers will receive quality care from people they know and trust.”

With the opening of this clinic, there will be 98 in-store clinics in Walmart stores across 21 states.

The retail medicine market has been hit and miss since its beginnings in 2000. Two years ago, CheckUps, a company Walmart contracted with to operate a few dozen retail healthcare clinics in its stores nationwide, closed suddenly. Since their inception, retail clinics as a whole have been opposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Few are profitable.

The expansion of St. Dominic’s physician network into the Pearl Walmart is the latest example of its growth and extension of services into the greater Jackson community.  St. Dominic’s physician network – St. Dominic Medical Associates – employs 27 primary care and specialty physicians in the community.  Combined with St. Dominic Health Services’ ownership of the 10 MEA Clinics, employing 30 primary care physicians, the network represents the most geographically accessible and comprehensive physician network in the central Mississippi region.

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