9/7/2010 3:00:00 AM EASTERN
Updated: 9/7/2010 4:27:12 PM EASTERN
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IVCH FastCare Clinic Planned for Peru Walmart

Illinois Valley Community Hospital is set to open a FastCare retail health clinic in the Walmart store at 5307 Route 251, Peru.

The IVCH FastCare clinic, scheduled to open in October, will offer convenient and economical health care for minor conditions and symptoms such as sore throats, fevers, flu and colds, ear and sinus infections, pink eye, skin rashes and allergies.

“Cost, quality and accessibility are extremely important to us at IVCH,” said Tommy Hobbs, chief executive officer. “Walmart shares these same values. We are pleased to enter into a partnership that allows our health system to better serve the people of the Illinois Valley.”

The cost of a FastCare visit will be $57, including lab fees. Insurance can be billed. The clinic will be open to anyone and will be staffed by IVCH certified nurse practitioners.  Clinic hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and holidays that Walmart is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The FastCare clinic will take walk-in patients only, however, waits are expected to be non-existent or minimal, Hobbs said. “If there is a wait, people can take silent pagers that can be used in the store and will alert them when the nurse practitioner is ready.”

In addition, faster pharmacy service will be provided based on immediate transmittal of prescriptions to the Walmart pharmacy or location of the patient’s choice.

“FastCare is a perfect fit with Walmart’s expertise in retail health, which includes our pharmacies, our eye care centers, and our retail health products,” said Bruce Shepard, FACHE, Director of Health and Wellness Innovations at Walmart. “This concept increases accessibility to health care at a low, set cost and adds value for our customers – today’s busy families.”

To ensure quality health care services, IVCH and Bellin Health of Green Bay, Wis., the hospital’s FastCare partner, implemented the attributes for retail clinics as defined by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association. These include offering to send each patient’s primary care physician a report following the visit, having a well-defined and limited scope of clinical services with treatment plans that are evidence-based, and having a system for referring patients to physicians when symptoms exceed the clinic’s scope of services.

Retail medical clinics located in pharmacies and other stores can provide high-quality care at competitive prices for routine ailments, according to a recent RAND Corporation study.  The study, the first to assess the quality of care provided in retail medical clinics in the United States, compared the care provided in different settings for patients with middle ear infections, sore throats and urinary tract infections.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), or “Walmart,” serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,400 retail units under 55 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2010 sales of $405 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine’s 2009 Most Admired Companies survey. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com and on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/Walmartnews.  Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.

About FastCare

Bellin Health System established the FastCare brand of retail health clinics in 2006. Bellin is an integrated health care delivery system in Green Bay, Wis., that was founded in 1907. Bellin operates five FastCare clinics in Northeast Wisconsin and has partnered with 19 other health systems to establish another 28 FastCare operations in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio,  South Dakota, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

About Bellin Health

Bellin Health, www.bellin.org, is an integrated health care delivery system based in Green Bay. It has serviced people in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since 1908. It is comprised of Bellin Hospital, Bellin Psychiatric Center, 25 Bellin Health Family Medical Center primary care physician clinics, and several retail health clinics known as Bellin Health FastCare. Bellin also operates Bellin Health Partners, a physician-hospital organization with 230 specialty physician members, the Bond Health Center, a critical care access hospital in Oconto, Bellin Fitness Center with three locations, and Bellin College. With its 2,500 employees, Bellin is known for its emphasis on preventive health care and is the region’s leader in cardiac, orthopedics, sports medicine, digestive health, mental health, and primary care medicine.