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Walk-in clinics planned for Hy-Vee stores in Missouri
February 27th, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Health Care plans to open walk-in medical clinics at three Hy-Vee stores in Columbia, Mo.
The health system said this week that construction of the Mizzou Quick Care clinics will start in mid-March.
Two of the clinics at Hy-Vee are slated to open by Aug. 1, and the third is expected to be completed by Oct.1.
"We have an opportunity and responsibility to our customers to help them meet all their health and wellness goals," Andy McCann, chief health officer for Hy-Vee, said in a statement. "Partnering with University of Missouri Health Care to offer quick and convenient clinical services in our Columbia stores for minor ailments is just one more way we accomplish that goal."
Overall, Hy-Vee operates 235 supermarkets — virtually all with pharmacies — in eight Midwestern states. The retailer also operates about two dozen stand-alone drug stores.
To be open seven days a week, the Mizzou Quick Care clinics will serve patients with upper respiratory symptoms such as sore throat or cough, urinary symptoms, skin rashes and minor injuries. The clinics will also offer employment screening physicals and daycare physicals, pregnancy tests, sports physicals, flu shots and limited adult immunizations, according to University of Missouri Health Care.
If someone or their family members become ill but don't need to go the emergency room or aren't able to schedule a visit with a doctor, Mizzou Quick Care will be a convenient option," noted Mitch Wasden, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of MU Health Care. "Mizzou Quick Care will provide convenient, affordable, walk-in medical care to anyone in the community age 1 year or older with a common illness such as an ear infection, strep throat or the flu," he stated.
"The Mizzou Quick Care clinics will be linked to all MU Health Care providers through the health system's advanced electronic health record," Wasden added, "and the providers at Mizzou Quick Care will be able to facilitate access to higher-level care for those in need."