Innovative Airport Clinic Lands in Orange County

Innovative Airport Clinic Lands in Orange County
A John Wayne Airport sign in Santa Ana, Calif., on June 28, 2020. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Chris Karr

A new partnership between Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport and health care network Hoag aims to bring passenger health to new heights.

The Fly Well Clinic will provide free flu shots and screenings, treatment for cold and flu symptoms, prescriptions, nutrition, and other tips for travelers passing through the airport. It will also offer on-demand telehealth consultations.

“Hoag believes in meeting people where they are on their health care journey,” Hoag’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Marcy Brown told The Epoch Times in an email. “In this case, we are taking that philosophy literally—providing travelers access to health care services on their travel journey.”

The partnership began when airport officials reached out to Hoag about a year ago.

“We began to meet and brainstorm ideas, and then COVID hit,” she said. “The conversations picked back up this summer, and we are all excited to be launching this for the community before the holidays.”

While the permanent clinic won’t open until spring of next year, a pop-up health fair opened its doors Nov. 9. Located across from Gate 10 in Terminal B, the pop-up fair offers many of the same services, and it will remain open until the Fly Well Clinic launches in 2021.

A key feature of the long-term, 850-square-foot Fly Well Clinic is rapid COVID-19 testing.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world’s travel habits, shining a spotlight brighter than ever on passengers’ health and travel safety,” Hoag President and Chief Executive Robert T. Braithwaite said in a press release. “Hoag is proud to partner with John Wayne Airport to address the health care needs of the 10 million people who fly to or from the airport every year.”

“With the details surrounding COVID-19 changing rapidly, the community has looked to Hoag for guidance, information, and updates as the situation evolved. ... The Fly Well Clinic is another opportunity to bring resources directly to the community.

“Partnering with the airport and the county to make sure we keep people safe and healthy while they travel was our vision, and we look forward to doing our part to support the community in this way.”

Chris Karr is a California-based reporter for the The Epoch Times. He has been writing for 20 years. His articles, features, reviews, interviews, and essays have been published in a variety of online periodicals.
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