The clinics will provide comprehensive primary care services, integrated tightly with pharmacists, nurses, and social workers to meet the full suite of patient needs, according to the companies.
Primary care for adults, including seniors, will be offered by Walgreens and VillageMD, a national provider, through a collaboration.
According to a joint announcement today by the 2 companies, the service will be available in 5 state-of-the-art primary care clinics operating adjacent to Walgreens stores in Houston, Texas. The first locations are scheduled to open by the end of 2019.
The clinics, branded ‘Village Medical at Walgreens,’ will provide comprehensive primary care services, integrated tightly with pharmacists, nurses, and social workers to meet the full suite of patient needs, according to the companies. These clinics will be housed in a space of 2500 square feet.
Expansion of Village Medical at Walgreens primary care clinics is being explored for the Houston area and in other markets.
“This collaboration with VillageMD demonstrates our ongoing commitment to create neighborhood health destinations that bring affordable health care services to customers and provide a differentiated patient experience to the communities we serve,” said Pat Carroll, MD, Walgreens chief medical officer and group vice president, healthcare services and clinical programs, in a prepared statement.
Village Medical at Walgreens will utilize VillageMD’s patent-pending docOS system, which integrates data and technology to provide patients a 360-degree view of their health needs. docOS is designed to identify missing diagnoses and gaps in health, allowing doctors and patients to better manage chronic conditions. The technology includes an easy and convenient check in by phone or a kiosk, home-based monitoring, and tele-medicine, according to the announcement.
“VillageMD has a strong track record nationally of improving outcomes and reducing the cost of healthcare through their transformative primary care model. With more than 120 primary care physicians in their medical group in Houston, we look forward to working with them as we focus on the health and well-being of the community,” said Carroll.
“The integration of primary care and pharmacy is yet another example of the value-based commitment that Walgreens and VillageMD demonstrate to customers, patients and the broader healthcare landscape,” said Tim Barry, CEO of VillageMD. “We are honored to collaborate with such a trusted partner in the lives of so many Americans.”
Walgreens and VillageMD to Offer Primary Care Services [news release]. Deerfield, IL, Houston, TX and Chicago, IL; April 10, 2019: Walgreens and VillageMD.https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190410005219/en/Walgreens-VillageMD-Offer-Primary-Care-Services-Houston. Accessed April 10, 2019.