Anne Arundel Medical Center opens new FastCare in Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, eyes growth plans

3/9/2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Anne Arundel Medical Center recently opened a new FastCare walk-in clinic inside the Shoppers Food and Pharmacy in Annapolis, Md., and plans to open additional clinics in area grocery stores over the next 18 months.



The first AAMC site opened in the Giant Food in Bowie in June 2014.



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 Annapolis is the second Maryland location for FastCare.



“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, includes 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, a member of AAMC’s medical staff and urgent care physician with Anne Arundel Medical Group.



“This FastCare clinic enables our 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 Matthew Shimoda, pharmacy district manager at Shoppers. “We are pleased to be able to offer this convenient health resource to our customers and our local community.”


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