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WellStar latest to work with Walgreen retail clinics

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: October 16, 2013 - 12:30 pm ET

WellStar Health System's urgent-care centers and physicians will work with retail clinics in eight Walgreen Co. stores to expand the scope of services available and help manage the treatment of chronic diseases.

The five-hospital system based in Marietta, Ga., joins a growing number of its peers entering agreements with the Deerfield, Ill.-based retail pharmacy chain and other major retailers, such as Target.

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“The collaboration extends quality care directly into our communities to provide greater access for patients,” WellStar President and CEO Reynold Jennings said in a news release.

The organizations said the relationship will help address the needs of millions of patients expected to seek care as they gain health coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Walgreen recently rebranded its more than 370 in-store Take Care clinics as Healthcare Clinics. Indianapolis-based Community Health Network and Orlando (Fla.) Health System recently entered similar clinical agreements with Walgreen.

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