Five Maine In-Store Wal-Mart Clinics to Close

EMHS, a seven-hospital system based in Brewer, Maine, announced that it will close five of the six convenient-care clinics it has operated inside Wal-Mart Supercenter stores since 2009.

Called the Clinic at Wal-Mart, the in-store facilities were operated as subsidiaries of the Aroostook Medical Center, a 60-bed facility in Presque Isle; Eastern Maine Medical Center, a 349-bed facility in Bangor; 46-bed Inland Hospital, Waterville; and 25-bed Sebasticook Valley Hospital, Pittsfield. The clinic inside a Waterville Wal-Mart will remain open, EMHS spokeswoman Suzanne Spruce said.

“They were not profitable; we were not seeing the patient volume we had hoped to see at them,” Spruce said. “To break even, we have to see 25 patients a day. Some clinics were seeing less than 10.” Continue reading