KeepHealthCare.ORG – Michigan’s newest Meijer offers medical care at Spectrum Health clinic
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – Shoppers at Michigan’s newest Meijer store, which opened Thursday in Jamestown Township, can buy more than groceries, a cup of Starbucks coffee or a pair of jumper cables.
They can also pay for a checkup from a medical professional.
Meijer partnered with Spectrum Health to open a walk-in clinic at the supercenter, 4075 32nd Avenue, where patients, for a cost of $69, can receive care for minor illnesses or injuries. That can range from a cold or flu and strep throat to an earache, a urinary tract infection or poison ivy.
The idea is convenience, said Keith Hustak, a vice president at Spectrum who oversees urgent care, occupational health and employee health.
“Consumerism is the name of the game in terms of getting patients all at once,” he said. “So if they’re here with their groceries they can stop in and see one of our excellent providers.”
The site is Spectrum’s first retail-based walk-in clinic. The medical provider has nine other walk-in clinics, most of which are located near medical centers, scattered throughout West Michigan. They average between 30 to 40 patients per day, officials said.
Open seven days a week – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends – the clinic will be staffed by a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant, and a medical assistant. It has two examination rooms.
The clinic will be open on all holidays except Christmas.
“We really want to partner well with Meijer and really care for the community,” said Dr. Joel Lopez, an urgent care physician at Spectrum who will help oversee the clinic. “What care in my mind means is we want to be convenient and we want to be affordable.”
Meijer opened the 155,000-square-foot supercenter Thursday in Jamestown Township. The store, Meijer’s 117th in Michigan, features shop and scan technology and the Walker-based retailer’s home delivery service. About 300 people will be employed at the supercenter.
The cost of an average Meijer store represents a $20 million investment by the Walker-based retail chain, said spokesperson Joe Hirschmugl.
In addition to minor illnesses or injuries, the clinic will offer sports or camp physicals. Patients cannot be treated for broken bones or wounds that require stiches. X-rays are not available.
Erica Pena, a nurse practitioner for Spectrum who will work at the clinic, said the clinic provides a good option for parents who have a sick child but don’t want to wait for an appointment with their family doctor.
And at $69 a visit, it’s a less expensive option than visiting an urgent care center, she said. Patients are billed separately for additional tests and lab work.
“This is going to be kind of like family medicine. You’re going to see patients of all ages. You’re going to be able to help them after hours, on weekends,” Pena said. “If they can’t get into their doctor, they don’t have to worry about waiting until Monday.”
Looking forward, Hustak said he expects Spectrum to pursue more retail-based walk-in clinics.
“People expect this now,” he said. “It’s happening everywhere, and that’s why the partnership with Meijer is so critical for us moving forward. So yes, these walk-ins, especially retail walk-ins, will be more a part of our landscape moving forward. We have to meet the patient where they want to be met.”