Hospital teams with Wal-Mart for Clinic

ST. CLAIRSVILLE An in-store clinic providing convenient access to basic health care services held its grand opening celebration at the Wal-Mart store in St. Clairsville on Monday.

Nearly a dozen people gathered in front of “The Clinic at Wal-Mart,” located just inside the main entrance of the store, for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new walk-in clinic – the first of its kind in the Ohio Valley – is operated by Ohio Valley Health Services & Education Corp.

For busy customers who need care, especially after working long hours or on weekends, the clinic will treat common health ailments such as flu, ear aches, insect bites and stings, minor wounds, sinus infections and upper respiratory infections. It offers routine services that include, but are not limited to, blood sugar testing, cholesterol screenings, common vaccinations and camp and school physicals. The clinic will provide affordable access to basic health care services, seven days a week, with no appointment necessary.

“By joining with Wal-Mart to provide this easy-access facility, we are proud to improve access to health care in our community and provide each of our patients with innovative solutions to their basic health care needs,” said Michael J. Caruso, new president and CEO of Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital. “The clinic will also fill a need for many of our patients who may not have a family physician. Our mission has always been to provide quality, compassionate, state-of-the-art family care and we look forward to continuing this mission through the service of our clinic.”

“I think it just opens up another dimension to serve the people,” said St. Clairsville Mayor Bob Vincenzo, who said he is very excited to see another business open in Belmont County. “Sometimes it is very difficult for people to get to medical services – so this is just another addition to making things much easier for the people.”

Jeff Brown, senior director for Health and Wellness Innovations and Systems, said, “Wal-Mart is dedicated to serving our customers and our communities, and this type of clinic helps expand their access to quality health care.”