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    H-E-B Opens Largest Convenient Care Clinic in Houston Store<br /><br />

    The new facility, the grocer's 21st, has three exam rooms and a special blood draw station. 

    H-E-B yesterday opened its 21st in-store clinic in Houston, a clinic that the Convenient Care Association said is the largest of its kind inside a retail facility.

    The 926-square-foot clinic has three exam rooms and a room specifically designed for blood draws, is the largest RediClinic in operation.

    "Easy access to affordable healthcare is a high priority for H-E-B customers," said Scott McClelland, president of H-E-B Houston, "RediClinic will be providing this service at our newest Houston store."

    RediClinics are staffed by certified nurse practitioners who work with local physicians to diagnose, treat, and prescribe medications for common medical conditions, such as strep throat and upper respiratory infections. They also administer a broad range of preventive services, including health screenings, medical tests, immunizations, and basic physical exams. The clinics are open seven days a week (including most holidays) and offer extended hours on weekdays. Adults and children over age can walk in with no appointment, and a typical visit takes about 15 minutes, according to RediClinic.

    RediClinic visits in Texas are covered by the nation's four largest commercial health insurance carriers - Aetna, CIGNA, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare - as well as by Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Those who are covered by health plans that do not currently have agreements with RediClinic receive specially-formatted receipts that can be filed for possible reimbursement.

    In Greater Houston, healthcare provider Memorial Hermann provides physician oversight to RediClinic's nurse practitioners and collaborates with RediClinic on clinical quality and consumer education initiatives. 

    RediClinic operates 21 clinics in H-E-B stores in Houston and Austin, Texas; and 15 clinics in Wal-Mart stores in Atlanta, Ga., Fayetteville and Rogers, Ark., Richmond, Va., and Tulsa, Okla.

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