The American Academy of Family Physicians is reporting that Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens that manages some 190 convenient-care clinics in retail settings, informed it earlier this year that the company will not renew its commitment to the AAFPs list of desired attributes of retail clinics.
These attributes include a well-defined and limited scope of clinical services, and Take Care spokeswoman Lauren Tierney said a planned expansion of the Take Care healthcare service offerings is behind the decision.
This fall, Tierney said Take Care will start offering new vaccines and health-risk assessments or wellness screenings. Late last month, the clinics began offering a shingles vaccine recommended by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel for people over the age of 60. Tierney said Take Care is also looking into the administration of infusions and injectables.
These are services that consumers are having a difficult time getting in traditional settings, she said, adding that Take Care maintains a wonderful relationship with the AAFP, and the company is still firmly behind the other attributes on the list such as the use of electronic health records and promoting continuity of care.
Tierney also said that Take Care is on schedule to open its 400th clinic by the end of this year, with Colorado, Missouri and Wisconsin markets targeted in particular. She said Chicago is Take Cares biggest market, and Florida is the state with its most outlets. -- by Andis Robeznieks