An artist's rendering of a Solantic health care clinic Photo courtesy of Solantic
Orlando International Airport has become the latest facility to open an on-site health clinic, which I covered in today's issue (subscribers only). of Airports. You can click here to read a USA Today article on other facilities offering clinics.
Orlando partnered with Jacksonville-based Solantic to open the facility, located in the airport's Terminal B. The clinic will offer treatment for a wide range of health care needs, including coughs, colds, sore throats, headaches, upset stomachs, cuts and sprains, said CEO Karen Bowling. "Solantic will also provide employer related health care services, including treatment for injured workers; customized physicals and drug screens. In addition, Solantic provides immunizations, blood tests and X-rays," she added.
It makes sense to put clinics in airports, which handle large groups of people, said Bowling. The clinic, located in Orlando’s B terminal, is open 13 hours a day, seven days a week, she added. “There will be between 15 and 20 medical professionals employed at the clinic, including two board-certified physicians,” she said. “The clinic is expected to serve over 20,000 patients a year and be available as a health care advantage to the airport’s employees and 100,000+ daily travelers.”
In a previous life, I worked at Delta Air Lines at the corporate headquarters near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and I would have really appreciated having access to the AeroClinic that opened there after I left the company. Sometimes you can't get an appointment with your primary physician for weeks, and if you have an illness -- like an ear infection -- that can't wait, onsite clinics like Solantic can be a god send.
I know that Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami are mulling adding their own facilities. If you know of any others, please pass them along.