Minyard Food Stores to Roll Out In-store Medical Clinics from MedXpress

COPPELL, Texas -- Minyard Food Stores, Inc. said Friday it has signed an agreement with Dallas-based MedXpress to open up to 25 in-store medical clinics at its Minyard, Carnival, and Sack N Save banners throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

The companies' initial plans are to open five clinics in Minyard stores throughout the Metroplex by the end of 2006, with up to 25 projected over the next three years. The first clinic will open in the new Carnival flagship store in southwest Dallas' Oak Cliff area. The store is slated to open in late summer 2006.

"MedXpress will give our customers a fast, easy way to access basic medical services even when their own doctors' offices are closed, or a costly trip to a hospital emergency room seems their only option," said Michael D. Byars, president and c.e.o. of Minyard Food Stores, Inc., in a statement. "It fits well with our company philosophy of providing customers with the services they need in the communities we serve."

Brian Jones, MedXpress' c.e.o., said: "We're excited to have such a strong partner to help launch the first flat-fee family medical clinic in North Texas. Through this partnership we'll be able to bring affordable, basic medical care to consumers throughout North Texas."

The clinics will be staffed by either a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant and will charge a fixed price -- typically in the $45 range -- for a variety of routine medical services, including physical exams, immunizations, flu shots, and treatment of common illnesses such as allergies, bladder infections, bronchitis, ear and sinus infections, and strep throat. No appointments are needed and visits normally take only 15 minutes. The clinics will be open during normal pharmacy hours. MedXpress also will provide patients with properly formatted receipts that they can submit for reimbursement to their individual insurance carriers.

The nurse practitioner and physician's assistant will be guided by protocols in the treatment of some 30 basic services under the direction of a physician. They will be able to write prescriptions and will have access to a primary care physician for patients who might have a more serious medical condition.
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