Walgreens to Set up 25 Retail Health Clinics in US
Published By : 20 Aug 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
In a move that changes the current model of retail health clinics, Walgreens Boots Alliance has said that it will be setting up at least 25 new retail clinics in the states of Washington and Oregon, which will be operated as well as owned by a health system based out of Seattle.
This collaboration will give Providence Health and Services the opportunity to operate and own these health clinics within Walgreen drugstores across the northwestern states of the US. Providence Health & Services is Walgreens’ partner and is a major hospital operator in the Portland and Seattle areas.
This is the most recent move in the evolution of retail pharmacy. The sector continues to go much beyond prescriptions and ventures into the provision of healthcare by way of clinics that employ nurse practitioners. Walgreens, not unlike CVS Health, has in the past staffed its clinics with its own nurse practitioners or employees who work directly for the pharmacy chains. CVS said that it not only operates and owns all of its 1,000 MinuteClinic locations, but also provides management for each clinic.
However, the new model by Walgreens would apparently permit the retail drug chain to expand at a more rapid pace at a seemingly less cost. The financial terms, although, have not yet been revealed. Walgreens has over 400 retail clinics and its process of expansion and growth in recent years has been comparatively slower than its competitor CVS.
By having the clinics operated and owned by the health systems, executives at Walgreens as well as Providence have said that they intend on bringing a more coordinated method of health care services to patients in the northwestern region of the United States. The clinics within the Walgreens premises will be linked with Providence and the electronic health record systems of its affiliates.