Walgreens to sell 56 Chicago-area clinics to Advocate
The retail clinics will function as part of Advocate and will strengthen care coordination for patients, while also furthering overall convenience and access. The clinics, to be branded as Advocate Clinic at Walgreens, will open under Advocate in May 2016.
Advocate Clinic at Walgreens will provide consumers the ability to receive care from a well-known, trusted provider with the easy access and convenience of a retail clinic setting.
The clinics also offer a high quality, affordable option for treating common illnesses and injuries and allow for more effective care coordination. Advocate Clinic at Walgreens will continue to offer walk-ins and same-day appointment scheduling.
For Walgreens, the agreement aligns with a two-pronged growth strategy for its retail clinics, which includes investing in its core business and expanding services to build a strong and viable model for future growth, while also developing deeper, more innovative approaches with health systems.
Today’s announcement furthers Walgreens and Advocate’s efforts to improve care delivery. Walgreens currently operates on-site pharmacies at three Advocate hospitals, with plans to expand to three additional Advocate Hospitals in the near future.
Advocate Clinic at Walgreens will be staffed with board-certified nurse practitioners employed by, trained by and supervised by Advocate Medical Group. Advocate’s intention is to attempt to hire its initial workforce from among the employees currently working at Walgreens clinic locations.
The 56 Healthcare Clinics that Advocate will operate are located in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. ■
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