Clinic offers basic care services for members and non-members
■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor
If you’re not feeling well and you’re shopping in the Hemet Target, don’t worry – Target and Kaiser Permanente have partnered to help you feel better – even if you’re not a Kaiser member. A new clinic opened last Monday in the Hemet Target store and is staffed with licensed nurse practitioners and licensed vocational nurses. But if they can’t figure out what ails you, and you need a real doctor to check you out, physicians are available via telemedicine.
The in-store clinics will be branded “Target Clinic, care provided by Kaiser Permanente” and is available to Kaiser members and non-members. Walk-in hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Kaiser Permanente is excited to collaborate with Target in order to combine Kaiser Permanente’s technology-advanced care delivery system with Target’s focus on an exceptional guest experience in a familiar, convenient, and friendly setting,” said Vita Willett, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente, Riverside County.
The in-store clinic, which can accommodate walk-in appointments, will offer an array of services, including pediatric care, women’s health care, monitoring and care for chronic conditions including diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure, basic dermatology services, and treatment for minor illnesses including strep throat, vaccinations, sinus pain, earaches, asthma, and cold and flu.
The new clinics will accept a broad range of health insurance plans, as well as cash or credit card payments. Fees vary depending upon your health plan’s coverage and co-pay requirements, said Lowell Goodman, director of media relations & digital programs for Kaiser Permanente.
“Eligible Kaiser Permanente members will be able to receive a one-time fill at the CVS Pharmacy co-located with the Target Clinic,” said Goodman.
“Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care delivery system, which prioritizes prevention, and Target’s focus on an exceptional guest experience means Hemet can expect to receive high-quality, patient-centered health care in convenient, trusted and familiar settings,” said Dr. Frank Flowers, area medical director for Kaiser Permanente, Riverside County.
“We are proud to expand our existing efforts to bring affordable, quality health care to even more Target guests throughout Southern California,” said Bob Blair, chief administrative officer of Kaiser Permanente, Riverside County.
The program builds on a successful existing collaboration, which began in 2014 with four Kaiser Permanente-staffed clinics in Southern California. The new Target Clinic in Hemet is the first in Riverside County. According to the company, 30 additional clinics are set to open in existing Southern California stores over the next three years.