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"The Clinic at Walmart" Operated by Augusta Health Opens July 3

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Augusta Health's in-store clinic inside Staunton Walmart expands access to basic health care services.

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) and Augusta Health today announced Staunton, Virginia's newest location for basic health care services – "The Clinic at Walmart" operated by Augusta Health. This Convenient Care Clinic will open Sunday, July 3 at noon inside the Walmart located at 1028 Richmond Avenue. In September, Augusta Health will open its second "The Clinic at Walmart" Convenient Care Clinic inside the Waynesboro Walmart at 116 Lucy Lane.

The clinic will provide convenient, affordable access to basic health care services, seven days a week, with no appointment necessary. The walk-in health clinic is the first owned and operated by Augusta Health in a Walmart. The clinic will be open for walk-in care Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

For busy customers who need care, especially after working hours or on weekends, the clinic will treat common health ailments and offer routine services. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Acne
  • Bladder infections
  • Blood sugar testing
  • Camp and school physicals
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Common vaccinations
  • Ear aches
  • Flu
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Minor wounds
  • Sinus infections
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Wart removal

"By joining with Walmart to operate 'The Clinic at Walmart,' Augusta Health is improving access to health care in our community," said L. Courtenay Beebe, MD. "Our clinic is staffed with licensed health care providers, even on nights and weekends, so families can walk in and know they will receive quality care without a long wait. Our mission is to serve this community, and the clinic is one more way we fulfill our mission."

"The clinic will fill a need for many of our patients who may not have a family physician. They can come here at night or on the weekends if needed and be treated by a medical professional without having a long wait."

During its first year of operation, the Clinic at Walmart in Staunton will be open 57 hours per week, and many of those hours will be evening and weekend hours. The providers expect to serve more than 6,100 patients during that year. If the need is greater than expected, more hours will be added to meet the patients' needs.

"Walmart is dedicated to serving our customers and our communities, and this type of clinic helps expand their access to quality health care," said Bruce Shepard, Walmart's director of healthcare innovations. "Augusta Health is a well-known and respected health care provider in this area, so our customers will receive quality care from people they know and trust."

With the opening of this clinic, there will be more than 100 in-store clinics in Walmart stores across 26 states. For further information about "The Clinic at Walmart", please visit www.walmart.com/clinics.

About Augusta Health

Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital with a mission to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care. In 2011, Augusta Health is the only hospital in Virginia to be recognized as a 100 Top Hospital by Thomson Reuters, receive both the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Awards from HealthGrades, and be named a finalist for the Foster G. McGaw Prize from the American Hospital Association for community service. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at 540.245.7329 or visit our website, www.augustahealth.com.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 9,000 retail units under 60 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com, on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/Walmart, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.

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