Walmart will open 5 health centers in Florida

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Walmart announced the opening of five Walmart Health Centers adjacent to the Supercenter in North and Central Florida over the next two months, marking the debut of Walmart Health in the Sunshine State.

Florida’s first Walmart Health Center opened April 5 at 7075 Collins Road in Jacksonville, according to a press release from the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer. Three additional locations are scheduled to open this month in Middleburg, Poinciana/Kissimmee and Sanford, Fla.; the state’s fifth Walmart health center is scheduled to open in Wesley Chapel in early June.

The centers, which will be open Monday through Saturday with telehealth options available on Sundays, will offer primary care, laboratory services (including x-rays); ECG test; behavioral health care; and dental, optical and hearing services.

Walmart opened its first Walmart Health Center in Dallas, Georgia in 2019, and the retailer announced plans to expand into Florida, initially targeting the Jacksonville area, in July 2020. With the opening from downtown Jacksonville, Walmart now operates 21 healthcare facilities. centers in Florida, Georgia, Arkansas and Illinois.

David Carmouche, senior vice president of omnichannel care offerings at Walmart, said in the company’s press release that the opening of Florida Health Centers will help make health care more accessible in areas with high health needs. are big.

“With only one primary care physician for every 1,380 Florida residents, these Walmart Health Centers will help meet the demand for care in three major cities in the Sunshine State, providing quality health care at the right time in the right setting. , right next to where many Floridians shop,” Carmouche said.

Walmart noted Florida’s accelerated population growth since 2010; according to the US Census Bureau, the population of Florida increased by 14.6% from 2010 to 2020—almost double the 7.4% recorded nationally.

Maria J. Book