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Aurora QuickCare clinics to open in Wisconsin Wal-Mart stores

Monday, October 09, 2006

Aurora Health Care announced today that it will open Aurora QuickCare clinics within Wal-Mart Supercenter stores in Waukesha, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties.

The Wal-Mart stores in Sheboygan, Oshkosh, Pewaukee and Mukwonago will be the first to feature Aurora QuickCare clinics. The Sheboygan clinic is scheduled to open Nov. 8 and the Oshkosh, Pewaukee and Mukwonago clinics will open in mid-December.

Aurora QuickCare clinics are staffed by certified nurse practitioners who provide fast, convenient and affordable diagnostic services and treatment for common family illnesses such as sore throat, ear infection, sinus infection, pink eye, mononucleosis, bladder infection, seasonal allergies and bronchitis. In addition, Aurora QuickCare provides cholesterol screenings, TB testing and vaccinations, such as flu, meningitis and tetanus.

A typical visit to an Aurora Quick Care site takes just 15 minutes. No appointments are necessary. A flat fee of $39 is charged.

“Wal-Mart serves as a community hub for thousands of people who can benefit from more convenient access points to quality health care,” said Amee Chande, vice president of health care strategy and communication for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. “We are pleased to work with Aurora as they expand this concept into Wisconsin Wal-Mart stores. Aurora QuickCare will help meet the basic and preventive health needs of local communities and Wal-Mart customers in Wisconsin in a way that is efficient and affordable.”

There are now 14 Aurora QuickCare sites in Wisconsin.

“Aurora QuickCare is an attractive option for many people,” said Janet Teske, an advanced practice nurse and Aurora QuickCare manager. “Parents are particularly happy to have an option that enables them to get quick answers and treatment for common childhood illnesses. For working parents it’s especially beneficial because it’s affordable and it reduces their time away from the job.”

QuickCare patients who require a prescription for medication receive one before they leave, Teske said. “Patients who need follow-up care receive a copy of their records to share with their primary care physician,” she said. “And for people who do not have a physician, the QuickCare clinics can provide information about nearby physicians who are accepting new patients.”

John Whitcomb, M.D., medical director of Aurora QuickCare, said: “Our QuickCare sites improve access to affordable health care services and are an important part of Aurora’s integrated system of care.”

More information about Aurora QuickCare, including a list of locations, is available at www.Aurora.org/QuickCare.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Ron Irwin (414-647-3405, pager 414-941-8621)

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