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Stop & Shop to open FastCare clinic in Connecticut
May 13th, 2014
PURCHASE, N.Y. – Stop & Shop is opening an in-store health clinic in Fairfield, Conn., in tandem with Norwalk Hospital FastCare.
The Ahold USA food and drug chain said late Monday that the walk-in health clinic, located inside the Stop & Shop supermarket at 1160 Kings Highway Cut-off in Fairfield, will provide convenient, affordable treatment of a range of common illnesses as well as preventive health care services.
Plans call for the clinic to officially open on May 20, when Stop & Shop management will be joined by Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Norwalk Hospital Vice President of Business Development Michael Marks, M.D., at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"For many years, our pharmacists have been strong health resources in our stores by providing information and offering flu clinics. This new partnership with Norwalk Hospital FastCare will expand the health and wellness resources we are able to offer to our customers and provide them with an alternative choice for those needing medical treatment," Arlene Putterman, public and community relations manager for the Stop & Shop New York Metro Division, said in a statement. "This concept increases accessibility to health care at a low, set cost and adds value for our customers."
The FastCare clinic will treat minor conditions and symptoms including sore throats, fevers, flu and colds, ear and sinus infections, pink eye, skin rashes and allergies. The clinic is staffed by Norwalk Hospital nurse practitioners and physician assistants. After each visit, a report will be sent to the patient's primary care doctor, and immediate referrals will be made to a physician when symptoms exceed the clinic's scope of services, Stop & Shop said.
In addition, faster pharmacy service will be provided based on immediate transmittal of prescriptions to the Stop & Shop pharmacy or the pharmacy of the patient's choice, the company added.
FastCare accepts most insurance and office visit co-payments apply. For those with high deductible plans or no insurance, a FastCare visit is $82, including simple lab tests.
"Cost, quality and accessibility are extremely important to us at Norwalk Hospital," Marks stated. "This partnership will enable us to better serve local residents."
Norwalk Hospital is part of the Western Connecticut Health Network, which serves residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. FastCare, a model of retail health clinics established by nonprofit health care delivery system Bellin Health, partners with health systems and retailers nationwide to create affordable, convenient patient access to health care.