(June 3, 2014)— Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) and Giant Food of Landover, Md. announce the opening of the area’s first “FastCare” walk-in clinic. It is located at 15520 Annapolis Road in Bowie, Md.
Anne Arundel Medical Center plans to open additional retail-based clinics in area grocery stores over the next 18 to 24 months.
Started in 2006 and with locations in eight other states, the FastCare brand of convenient care clinics provides basic care for health conditions ranging from allergies to upper respiratory infections. The AAMC site in Bowie will be the first Maryland location for FastCare.
According to the Convenient Care Association, the first retail clinics opened in 2000. Today, more than 1,500 such clinics provide consumers with affordable and accessible quality care.
“The benefits to patients of a retail clinic are many, including expanded hours, walk-in availability and lower cost,” said Tori Bayless, president and CEO of Anne Arundel Medical Center. “The key difference between FastCare and other retail clinics is the close association with a major health system. With FastCare, patients benefit from connectivity, including access to MyChart, AAMC’s electronic medical record.”
Staffed by nurse practitioners, a visit costs $79 including basic lab tests and can be billed to the patient’s health insurance. The nurse practitioners from FastCare send each patient’s primary care physician a report following any visit. The medical director for FastCare is Douglas Holman, MD, a member of AAMC’s medical staff and urgent care physician with Anne Arundel Medical Group.
“This FastCare clinic enables Giant customers to take care of their families by providing them with convenient access to quick, affordable health assistance, in-store, along with prescriptions and groceries,” said Gayle Shields, director of pharmacy operations, Giant Food. “We take pride in making this excellent and convenient health resource available to the local community.”
The Bowie location of Anne Arundel Medical Center FastCare opened on May 28. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 8:30pm, Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm, Sunday 9:30am to 4:30pm, and holidays 10am to 2pm.
*Giant will host ‘Health & Fitness Week’ at its Bowie Store from June 17-21, including medical product demonstrations, consultations with a Giant nutritionist and various health and wellness screenings.