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October 31, 2018

Around the nation: Walmart may soon place health clinics in its parking lots

Daily Briefing

    Multiple Walmart stores across the country will be turning extra parking lot space into "town centers," which may include health clinics, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, Florida, and Ohio.

    • Arkansas: Multiple Walmart stores across the country plan to turn extra parking lot space into "town centers," which may include health clinics. Speaking of the town centers, a Walmart spokesperson said the company "envision[s] a more robust and dynamic shopping experience that combines entertainment venues, curated local food vendors, health and fitness services as well as recreational opportunities" (Ellison, Becker's Hospital CFO Report, 10/29).

    • Florida: Blake's Medical Center's ED will undergo a $14.5 million expansion early in 2019. The hospital will expand by more than 3,000-square feet and add 14 private rooms. The expansion will take 14 to 18 months to complete (Brezina-Smith, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 10/16).

    • Ohio: Summa Health has named Cliff Deveny as its permanent president and CEO. Deveny has been serving as interim president and CEO since February 2017 and has previously served as Summa's VP of clinical services and president of Locus Health (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/29).

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