Bellin to open new Suamico-area FastCare clinic

02/15/2008

Retail health clinic will be located in new Shopko Store
 
GREEN BAY — A Bellin Health FastCare retail health clinic offering basic health care needs, will be part of a new Shopko store, 2318 Lineville Road, Suamico. The store and clinic are scheduled to open on March 10, 2008.
 
FastCare clinics offer convenient and economical health care for minor conditions and symptoms. Among those ailments seen and treated are sore throat, fever, flu and colds, ear and sinus infections, pink eye, skin rash and allergies.
 
“Cost, quality and accessibility are extremely important to us at Bellin Health,” said George Kerwin, Bellin Health president and chief executive officer. “Shopko shares these same commitments. We are pleased to further a partnership that has allowed our health system to better serve the people of Northeast Wisconsin.”
 
This is the fourth FastCare operated by Bellin Health and located in a Shopko store. The other locations are within the Shopko stores at Bay Park Square, East Town Mall and Manitowoc.
 
“FastCare is a perfect fit with Shopko’s expertise in retail health which includes our pharmacies, our eye care centers and our retail health care products," said Mike Bettiga, senior vice president of retail health at Shopko. "This concept increases accessibility to health care at a low, set cost and adds value for our customers – today’s busy families.”
 
The cost of a FastCare visit is $45, including basic labs completed on site. Insurance can be billed. The clinics are staffed by Bellin Health nurse practitioners and physician assistants, however, services are open to all, not just Bellin Health patients.
 
FastCare takes walk-in patients only, but waits are expected to be non-existent or minimal. Should there be a wait, people can take a silent pager that can be used in the store and will alert them when the provider is ready.
 
In addition, faster pharmacy service will be provided based on immediate transmittal of prescriptions to the Shopko pharmacy or the pharmacy of the patient’s choice.
 
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 during which Shopko stores are open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 
To ensure quality health care services Bellin Health 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.