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'The Clinic at Wal-Mart' to Open in Atlanta, Little Rock and Dallas Supercenters
Date:2/7/2008

First newly-branded clinics will offer quality medical care with help from

local hospital systems

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wal-Mart today announced that its first co-branded in-store clinics will open in Atlanta, Little Rock and Dallas under "The Clinic at Wal-Mart" brand. These clinics -- the first of which is expected to open in April -- will be connected to their communities via local hospitals that Wal-Mart's customers already know and respect.

Today's announcement is the first step towards opening 400 co-branded convenient clinics by 2010 and further proof of Wal-Mart's commitment to providing affordable, accessible solutions to America's healthcare challenges. Wal-Mart expects "The Clinic at Wal-Mart" to become synonymous with quality healthcare at affordable prices, provided by trusted, local providers.

Wal-Mart has signed a letter of intent to work with RediClinic, LLC and local hospital systems to open co-branded walk-in clinics in 200 Wal-Mart Supercenters. Wal-Mart has also signed a letter of intent to partner directly with St. Vincent Health System, a part of the Catholic Healthcare Initiatives system, to open four co-branded clinics in Little Rock.

"We know that America's healthcare challenges are larger than any one corporation, but we're committed to doing our part to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare -- our commitment to partnering with local hospital systems is evidence," said Dr. John Agwunobi, Wal-Mart's senior vice president and president, health and wellness. "Throughout our convenient clinics pilot, customers told us that we are providing a service that benefits their communities. We are confident that our new model of partnership with hospital systems will provide access to quality healthcare services for folks who don't want to wait in a busy emergency room or can't get in to see their physician."

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