HMH opens small clinic inside Walmart Aug. 29

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By Ben Hyatt

Harrison Memorial Hospital has announced that it will be opening a small clinic in Walmart.
Aug. 29, has been the day given for the grand opening of the small clinic inside Walmart, which will serve those who need medical attention after doctors’ hours.
“We saw a need in the community and we are acting,’ said Hospital CEO Sheila Currans. “Some people need to see a doctor after hours, but not everyone needs to see the emergency room.”
The clinic, located near the pharmacy, will have two nurse practitioners and will be overseen by Dr. Shane Gainey.
“We are hoping to see about 15 patients each day on average,” said Currans. “If we see 15 it will justify us renting the space for the clinic.”
Currans said HMH and Walmart have been working on the idea for the clinic for over one year and it is just now ready to come to life.
“We had to meet with their corporate office to show them our ideas,’ said Currans. “We are not partnering with them, they are the landlords and we are the tenants.”
The clinic will provide a wide variety of services for those who are seeking medical attention including flu shots, sport physicals and some lab testing.
“The idea behind it is that not everyone can get into their doctor before office hours are over,” said Currans. “For parents that are unable to get off work to take their kids to a sports physical or for their flu shot, this is an avenue and option for them.”
Currans said all major health insurance providers will be accepted at the clinic and patients may choose to pay cash or be billed through their provider.
“We will have a list of prices setup for the people who visit the clinic,” said Currans. “You will know exactly what it will cost before anything is done at the clinic.”
Currans said any patient who comes into the clinic without having a primary doctor will be referred, if necessary, to an HMH physician who is accepting new patients.
“Everyone needs a primary doctor,” said Currans. “We are not taking away from physicians we are simply providing a continuum of care.”
Currans also mentioned that no controlled substance will be provided or prescribed at the clinic.”
“There will never be a controlled substance prescribed or given at the clinic,” said Currans. “Some prescriptions may be given, but the patient has the option of filling at their leisure at any pharmacy that they choose.”
Currans also added that no children under the age of 24 months will be seen at the clinic.
“We will also be having monthly specials at the clinic,” said Mollie Smith, head of marketing and physician recruiting. “One month we may be giving specials on bone density scans or diabetes tests.”
Currans closed by saying that a new chapter has just begun for HMH and Walmart is living up to the name “One Stop Shop.”