The first of five facilities to be known as The Clinic at Wal-Mart and owned and operated by the two-hospital, Rockledge, Fla.-based Wuesthoff Health System has opened in the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Merritt Island, Fla.
It is reported to be the 50th in-store electronic-health-record-equipped clinic to open at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in 14 states. Along with the Merritt Island store, there are four others in Brevard County, which is considered a "sister market" to Orlando, and Wuesthoff spokeswoman Lisa Crites said her organization plans to open a clinic in each one of the five Brevard County, Fla., supercenters—located in Cocoa, Melbourne, Merrit Island, Palm Bay and Titusville—over the next two years.
"The numbers were there," Crites said in explaining why Wuesthoff chose to go with Wal-Mart as opposed to one of its competitors. She said four of the stores have 3 million visitors a year, while its Palm Bay facility attracts 5 million shoppers annually.
Crites said Wuesthoff approached Wal-Mart in the fall of 2005 after the first Wal-Mart retail clinic opened. Representatives then visited Wal-Mart's Arkansas headquarters in the fall of 2007, and finally opened its first store this month.