United Supermarkets to Enter In-Store Clinic Partnership

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Regional chain United Supermarkets here is joining forces with Family Medicine Centers to offer a "Living Well ExpressCare" clinic in its Amarillo, Texas store beginning next month.

The clinic will offer primary medical services to store guests at United's 45th and Bell location beginning Sept. 1. It will be located next to the pharmacy, allowing patients to get their prescriptions filled immediately at the same location.

Similar facilities also are under construction in two United stores in Lubbock, as well as the new Market Street store being built in Frisco, near Dallas, according to the retailer.

The Amarillo and Lubbock facilities will be the first in-store health clinics in west Texas, United Supermarkets said.

"The need for accessible, affordable, high-quality health care in our country has never been greater, as studies indicate that nearly a third of the U.S. population does not have a family physician," said Mark Yowell, Specialty Division v.p. of United Supermarkets, LLC, in a statement.

Yowell added that the presence of the clinics "will allow us to focus attention on the wellness and nutrition products and services available in our stores."

The facility will be open seven days a week, maintaining operating hours similar to those of the store's pharmacy. It will be staffed by a licensed nurse practitioner or physician assistant under the supervision of a licensed physician.

The clinic will offer medical services including treatment of sore throat, ear/sinus infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, skin irritations, and seasonal allergies. Other available services will include tuberculosis testing, pregnancy testing, and basic physicals including vaccinations for children over two years of age. Flu and pneumonia vaccinations will be available at the pharmacy.

United Supermarkets is a family-owned grocery chain with stores in 26 markets throughout north and west Texas. The company operates 46 stores under three distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street, and Super Mercado.

Family Medicine Centers manages primary-care facilities in Amarillo, Canyon, and Pampa.
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