By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer/Victorville Daily Press
APPLE VALLEY — For the first time, Kaiser Permanente healthcare members waited for their names to be called at the new Target Clinic located just beyond the “Personal Care” product section inside the big-box store.
The Kaiser Permanente-staffed clinic opened Monday. It offers walk-in care and health care services to members and non-members inside the newly remodeled Target store located on Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley.
“No more running my dad to Kaiser in Victorville for blood pressure checks and health check-ups,” said Regina Stonesifer, who waited for her father inside the clinic. “My dad lives about two miles from this Target so this is going to be convenient for the both of us.”
The Apple Valley Target Clinic offers a variety of services including pediatric care, women’s health care, monitoring and care for chronic conditions including diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure; basic dermatology services, and treatment for some illnesses including strep throat, vaccinations, sinus pain, earaches, asthma and cold and flu.
The Kaiser-staffed clinic includes licensed nurse practitioners, licensed vocational nurses and physicians available via telemedicine consultations.
Target clinics don’t provide emergency care. Individuals dealing with a medical emergency are requested to call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department.
A representative from Kaiser and the in-store CVS Pharmacy told the Daily Press the pharmacy will fill Kaiser prescriptions, but not refills.
In a news release, Larry Oliver, chief administrative officer, Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area spoke of the partnership between the health network and retailer.
“As we continue to expand our presence in the High Desert, Kaiser Permanente is excited to once again collaborate with Target,” Oliver said, “This new clinic will combine Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care system with Target’s focus on an exceptional guest experience in a familiar, convenient and friendly setting.”
Regarding clinic costs, Kaiser members pay the same copay, coinsurance, or deductible they pay for a regular visit to Kaiser.
For non-members, the clinic accepts a variety of non–Kaiser Permanente health coverage. Non-members typically pay a copay, coinsurance, or deductible, depending on the plan details.
For those with no health coverage, a standard out-of-pocket office visit usually costs $85. Additional services, like lab tests and exams, will cost more.
The Apple Valley location is the third Target Clinic affiliated with Kaiser Permanente to open in San Bernardino County and the 18th in Southern California. A Target Clinic in North Fontana opened in 2014, and another one in Montclair opened in 2018. The clinics are all located within Target stores and provide walk-in care, along with the convenience of the Target Pharmacy.
In January, Target officials announced that the Apple Valley store would undergo a major remodel that included an upgrade of departments and the addition of the Kaiser-staffed health clinic.
In March, city officials announced a 2019 groundbreaking of a new three-story Kaiser Permanente medical office building on a 10-acre parcel along Escondido Avenue west of the Walmart Supercenter in Hesperia, the Daily Press reported.
Tentative plans for the nearly 55,000-square-foot medical building in Hesperia includes 46 exam rooms, 16 primary care offices, physical therapy center, eight specialty care offices.
Kaiser facilities in High Desert include the Target Clinic in Apple Valley, the High Desert/Victorville Medical Offices at 14011 Park Avenue in Victorville and the Mental Health Medical Offices at 14135 Main Street in Hesperia.
Hours for the new Target Clinic in Apple Valley are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The clinic is closed from 2 to 2:30 p.m. every day for lunch.
The new Target Clinic is located at 19201 Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley. For more information, visit http://www.kptargetclinic.org or call 760-247-4111
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