Bellin Health, Shopko to open Manitowoc FastCare clinic

01/24/2007

Retail health clinic provides convenient, economical offering for basic health care needs

MANITOWOC - Bellin Health and Shopko announced today they are opening a FastCare clinic on February 15 in the Manitowoc Shopko store, 3415 Calumet Ave.

FastCare is a retail health clinic exclusive to Bellin and Shopko that provides convenient and economical health care services for the general public for many basic health conditions. Staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the cost for a FastCare visit is $39, and can be billed to the person's insurance carrier. Among the types of conditions seen and treated at FastCare are sore throats, fevers, flus and colds, ear and sinus infections and allergies.

The clinics will also have convenient hours: 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 Shopko stores are open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This is the third FastCare clinic to open in Northeast Wisconsin in the past nine months. This past summer Bellin and Shopko opened two clinics in Green Bay, at the Shopko stores at East Town Mall and Bay Park Square Mall. Both clinics have exceeded expectations.

Retail health clinics are a growing phenomenon throughout the country with Bellin and Shopko being on the cutting edge, said George Kerwin, Bellin Health president and CEO.

"The health care industry is continually evolving," said Kerwin. "Providing quality healthcare that is convenient - both in hours and location, as well as being economically priced is very important to us. FastCare has provided that to the people in the Green Bay area and we are excited to be able to expand our service area to the Manitowoc area."

Mike Bettiga, Shopko senior vice president for retail health, shares the enthusiasm.

"We're thrilled to be expanding FastCare to Manitowoc," he said. "The feedback has been great in our Green Bay stores. FastCare is a perfect fit with Shopko's expertise in retail health which includes our pharmacies, our eye care centers and our retail healthcare products.

"Not only does this concept provide true one-stop shopping for today's busy families, we believe it increases accessibility to health care at a lower cost," he said.

To ensure quality health care services, Bellin has 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 person'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.

FastCare will only take walk-in patients, but waits are usually non-existent or minimal. Should there be a wait, people can take a silent pager to be used in the store that will alert them when the provider is ready.

Faster pharmacy service is provided based on immediate transmittal of prescriptions to the Shopko pharmacy or the pharmacy of the patient's choice.