Studies have shown most people receive health care outside traditional hospital settings. So, in a quest to provide the most comprehensive services possible, Mercy is taking the care to the people.
This led to a unique partnership with Walmart. Since July 7, Mercy has opened two health care clinics inside Oklahoma Walmarts in Edmond and Oklahoma City. Each clinic is staffed by physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and provides set prices for customers who desire services such as sore throats, sprains, vaccinations, check-ups and sports physicals.
The clinics provide an invaluable outreach considering more than 60 percent of people who use retail clinics nationwide don’t have a regular doctor. For Oklahoma – ranked highest in some of the nation’s worst health statistics – preventive care is critical in reversing statewide trends.
“We have to find new ways to get health care to our communities,” said Di Smalley of Mercy in Oklahoma. “Our partnership with Walmart and our electronic health record are just some of the ways Mercy is connecting the dots so care doesn’t fall through the cracks.”