Jewel-Osco enters in-store clinic market with Physicians Prompt Care

 
 
Updated 7/30/2009 10:39 AM

Jewel-Osco, which has its Midwest headquarters in Itasca, said Wednesday it has opened its first Physicians Prompt Care Express, a physician-staffed clinic, at one of its stores in South suburban Orland Park.

If successful, more such clinics could open and vie for the quick-access medical market now available at competitor Deerfield-based Walgreen Co.

 

"We're always looking at ways to provide convenience to our customers," said SuperValu spokeswoman Cassie Richardson. SuperValu owns Jewel-Osco.

Unlike the Take Care Clinics at Walgreens, Jewel-Osco will staff its first clinic in the nation with licensed, board-certified physicians available seven days a week, Richardson said.

Jewel-Osco partnered with South suburban Tinley Park-based Physicians Prompt Care Centers to launch the new clinic inside the Jewel-Osco in Orland Park. Richardson said they are evaluating its success before making any decisions to expand further.

The Jewel-Osco clinic is for adults and children, with or without an appointments. Patients also could preregister online. The doctors can treat coughs, colds, fractures, sprains, headaches or eye injuries, among other ailments. The new clinic also could provide drug and alcohol occupational health testing, physicals for work, school or camp and other services.

Walgreens pharmacies offered its first clinic in November 2006, By May 2007, Walgreen acquired the Take Care Health Systems.

The subsidiary runs the Take Care Clinics inside 345 Walgreens stores in 19 states. In the Chicago and suburban area, 35 Take Care Clinics are available.

They are staffed by licensed, board-certified family nurse practitioners or physician assistants.

"We're here to provide quick, affordable health care for the patient," said Take Care spokesman Gabe Weissman.

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