The North Broward Hospital District and Wal-Mart have signed a letter of intent to open walk-in health centers in leased space inside select Broward-area Wal-Mart stores.

“Our goal is to offer convenience, access and low cost health services for everyone – kids, adults, families,” said Alan Levine, president/CEO of the North Broward Hospital District. “As we develop these health centers, we will be offering additional services such as back-to-school physicals, vaccinations and health screenings. By providing convenient access, we will make it easier for people to proactively manage their health needs.”

The health centers will be staffed by advanced registered nurse practitioners trained to provide diagnostic services and treatment for common medical conditions such as allergies, sore throats, minor cuts and infections. In addition, the walk-in centers will offer screenings for high cholesterol and high blood pressure with all prices posted so consumers know what their costs will be ahead of time. Physician oversight for care provided in the health centers will be performed by on-staff North Broward Hospital District physicians.

Pending approval by the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners, the first health center in a Wal-Mart south of Martin County is scheduled to open in 2007.