BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is introducing its Walmart Health centers to Florida, with five of the in-store clinics set to open over a four-week period in the Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa metro areas.
Walmart first introduced the health care model two years ago, with clinics inside or adjacent to remodeled Supercenters, offering primary and urgent care, labs, X-rays and mental health counseling as well as dental, optical and hearing services.
Patients can schedule appointments online at the Walmarthealth.com website.
Walmart has touted the concept as an opportunity for the company to apply strategies that led to the Supercenters’ success to a U.S. health care system that is burdened by high costs, limited access and uneven results.
“Two years after the launch of Walmart Health, we continue evolving and growing to make health care even more accessible to the communities we serve,” said Dr. David Carmouche, senior vice president of omnichannel care offerings at Walmart. “With only one primary care doctor per 1,380 Florida residents, these Walmart Health centers will help address the demand for care in three major cities in the Sunshine State, delivering quality health care at the right time in the right setting, right next to where many Floridians get their groceries. We are part of these communities, and we are excited to bring more options for in-person and telehealth care services to our neighbors.”
The state-of-the-art health centers are capable of delivering services beyond the diagnostic tests and immunizations that characterize much of the work performed at retail clinics, according to Walmart. On-site Walmart care hosts and community health workers will help customers navigate their visit and understand the resources available, according to the company, and will be a familiar presence for consumers making regular visits.
“Walmart is committed to Florida with more than 380 retail locations and 120,000 associates,” a company representative said. “We are excited to meet the needs of Florida’s residents as the state’s population grows. From 2010 to 2019, Florida’s population grew 13%, more than double the total U.S. population growth.”
The newest Walmart Health centers will offer care seven days a week with weekend and evening hours as well as telehealth options on Sundays.