EMHS, a seven-hospital system based in Brewer, Maine, announced that it will close five of the six convenient-care clinics it has operated inside Walmart Supercenter stores since 2009.
Five Maine in-store Walmart clinics to close
Called the Clinic at Walmart, the in-store facilities were operated as subsidiaries of the Aroostook Medical Center, a 60-bed facility in Presque Isle; Eastern Maine Medical Center, a 349-bed facility in Bangor; 46-bed Inland Hospital, Waterville; and 25-bed Sebasticook Valley Hospital, Pittsfield. The clinic inside a Waterville Walmart will remain open, EMHS spokeswoman Suzanne Spruce said.
"They were not profitable; we were not seeing the patient volume we had hoped to see at them,” Spruce said. "To break even, we have to see 25 patients a day. Some clinics were seeing less than 10."
Spruce noted that the stores in which the clinics are located are very busy, but "the clinics were just not being used."
She added that there are no plans to open any new clinics in retail settings at this time.
Spruce also said that positions have been found for the personnel working at the five soon-to-be-closed clinics. No date has been set for the clinics' closing.
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