Family Fare Retail Clinic Will Close

April 7, 2008
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ALLENDALE — Advantage Health’s Convenient Care health clinic inside Spartan Stores’ Family Fare grocery will close May 30, the Saint Mary’s Health Care physicians’ group announced Monday.

It was the fourth retail clinic to close in the Grand Rapids area in recent months. Three retail clinics, run by Physicians’ Organization of Western Michigan and Metro Health Hospital at Meijer Inc. stores, were closed as of Jan. 1.

In a news release, Advantage Health said the majority of clinic patients wanted more involvement with their physicians, and required access to services such as laboratories or x-rays.

Spartan Stores did not return calls seeking comment.

Retail clinics have been touted as a growing trend for stores with pharmacies, and as a way to provide basic care for minor medical needs on a pay-now basis. Wal-Mart last year said it intended to install 3,000 retail clinics nationwide.

In November, Advantage Health COO Daneen Caro said four or five clinics were planned for Spartan Stores. At that time, Metro Health and POWM, which had operated as many as 16 Affordable Basic Care clinics in Meijer stores in Michigan and Indiana, were trying to regroup after another partner pulled out of their arrangements.

The ABC clinics drew just four or five patients per day, while 12 to 15 patients were needed to break even, Metro Health CFO Timothy Susterich told the Business Journal recently.

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