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Walmart Health Medical Services opens 5 locations in Florida

ByMadeleine J. Pierce

Apr 8, 2022

Florida will see the opening of more Walmart health centers as the retail giant expands its healthcare offering nationwide.  Five stores in Florida will open between April 5 and June 7, 2022.

Florida will see the opening of more Walmart health centers as the retail giant expands its healthcare offering nationwide. Five stores in Florida will open between April 5 and June 7, 2022.

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Need an X-ray, eye exam, EKG, or advice the next time you head to Walmart for groceries, clothes, or toys?

This week, the Arkansas-based retail giant opened two of the first five Walmart health centers in Florida – in and around Jacksonville.

Three more health centers are due to arrive by June 7, with at least four more Florida locations in the Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa areas on the way in 2022.

Dr. David Carmouche, senior vice president of omnichannel care offerings at Walmart, did not say whether the company plans to open locations in the South Florida market. But the chances of a Walmart Health in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach would seem likely at some point.

“We plan to open more Walmart Health Centers in cities across Florida as we seek to meet growing community needs and ensure we continue our commitment to making quality health care more accessible, convenient and affordable for community customers. we serve,” Carmouche told the Miami Herald in an email.

Where are the new Walmart Health Centers?

These are the new Walmart Health locations and when you can expect them to open.

Jacksonville at 7075 Collins Road. open Monday, April 5.

middleburg in Clay County, 26 miles southwest of downtown Jacksonville, at 1586 Branan Field Rd. opened Thursday.

Poinciana in Osceola County southwest of Kissimmee at 904 Cypress Pkwy and is scheduled to open April 12.

Sanford in Seminole County at 3647 South Orlando Dr. and is scheduled to open April 14.

Wesley Chapel in the Tampa Bay area in Pasco County at 28516 State Road 54 and is scheduled to open June 7.

What Walmart Health Provides

The new centers will provide health care such as primary and urgent care, pediatrics, laboratory work, x-ray services, dental and eye care, as well as behavioral health and counseling services, according to Walmart. Physicians, nurse practitioners and other support staff will work at the scene.

Since opening the first Walmart Health as a 10,000 square foot facility in Dallas, Georgia in 2019, Walmart Health has expanded to 20 locations in Arkansas, Georgia and Illinois and now in Florida.

Why open a health center in Florida?

In a statement, Dr. David Carmouche, senior vice president of omnichannel healthcare offerings at Walmart, said: “Two years after launching Walmart Health, we continue to evolve and grow to make healthcare even more accessible to the communities we serve.

The need is there, believes Carmouche.

Of Walmart’s 4,740 U.S. locations (not including its 46 Sam’s Club member warehouses), Florida has the second-most Walmart stores in the country — currently 387 retail stores, compared to Texas, which is No. 1 with 602 stores, according to 24/7 Wall St.

The chain employs 120,954 people, according to its latest fact sheet.

Florida’s population estimate based on U.S. Census figures as of July 2021 was 21.8 million. Miami-Dade was about 2.7 million and Broward was at 1.9 million.

“Florida’s population is growing rapidly, and so are the needs of its residents,” Carmouche said. “With only one primary care physician for every 1,380 Florida residents, these Walmart Health Centers will help meet the demand for care in the Sunshine State, providing quality health care at the right time in the right setting, just next to where many Floridians shop. .”

He said Walmart Health will offer “transparent pricing” for its services, “with or without insurance…and we accept most major public and private health insurance providers.”

Walgreens, which partners with UHealth for several in-store clinics in the South Florida market, and CVS, which has more than 1,100 MinuteClinics across the United States staffed by nurse practitioners, are Walmart’s main competitors. .

Pitches in Florida will be around 6,500 square feet, Forbes reported. Walmart has adopted the Epic electronic health record system to provide patients and healthcare providers with a streamlined communication portal.

This story was originally published April 7, 2022 5:59 p.m.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, winner of the 2017 Media Excellence Awards, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, city government, and general missions. He began his career in the Features department of the Miami Herald in 1991.
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