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Hennepin County (MN) Medical Center is late entry in retail clinic race

Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 13, 2010

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota's biggest public hospital, opened its first retail clinic in February, at a Wal-Mart in Bloomington, almost 10 miles away from its main campus. Its debut comes at a strange time in the retail clinic business: There are now about 1,200 outlets around the country, according to the Convenient Care Association, a trade group. Yet while many consumers like the retail clinics, operators have found it hard to make money, mainly because the business is highly seasonal, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.