“Bartell Drugs guests have told us they want the ability to get care and treatment as well as everyday necessities in one place. That’s why we’re so excited to open two more CareClinic locations,” Bartell chief operating officer Ken Mahoney stated in announcing the new clinics on Monday.
In December 2013, the Seattle-area drug chain and the nonprofit system unveiled a partnership to open in-store health clinics, to be bannered CareClinic Group Health at Bartell Drugs. The first three locations opened their doors in January 2014 at Bartell’s Ballard and University Village stores in Seattle and at its Crossroads store in Bellevue, and this past March Bartell and Group Health said more in-store clinics would be opened over the next 18 months.
CareClinics are staffed by Group Health clinicians — advanced registered nurse practitioners or certified physician assistants — and provide basic medical care on a walk-in basis. Visits cost $75, and most insurance plans can be billed. For Group Health members, clinicians can enter diagnosis and treatment into patients’ electronic medical records, allowing their medical team to share medical information no matter where they are seen.
Patient usage has tripled at the initial CareClinic locations in University Village, Bellevue and Ballard since their opening, according to Bartell and Group Health. More than 1,200 immunizations were dispensed at the three clinics in the first year. Patients were seen for a range of common ailments, including upper respiratory infections; warts, rashes and skin issues; pinkeye; ear infections; urinary tract infections; sinusitis; pharyngitis; and bronchitis. Patients’ ages ranged from 2 to 102.
The average visit time, including waiting, is less than 15 minutes.
“Patients come to CareClinics for convenience,” noted Dr. Wellesley Chapman, medical director for innovation and development at Group Health. “We’ve proven that CareClinics live up to the promise of quickly diagnosing and treating common ailments. We get you in, taken care of and on your way for an affordable, set price.”