Walgreens and SSM Health expand relationship to further coordinate patient care
DEERFIELD, Ill. & ST. LOUIS, April 18, 2016 - Walgreens and SSM Health have signed an agreement to expand their relationship, through which SSM Health will own and operate the clinical practice and management of operations of 27 retail health clinics within Walgreens stores across the St. Louis region, including four clinics in Illinois.
The clinics will transition to SSM Health this fall, at which time the clinics will become an extension of the SSM Health Medical Group. Upon transition, the sites will be renamed SSM Health Express Clinic at Walgreens. Walgreens will continue to manage the existing Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in these locations until that time.
SSM Health Express Clinic at Walgreens will give consumers improved access to the compassionate, high-quality care provided by SSM Health.
“This collaboration is an important step in SSM Health’s commitment to improving the health of our community,” said James Bleicher, MD, regional president of the SSM Health Medical Group and ambulatory services in St. Louis. “By combining the convenience of Walgreens locations with the personalized care and expertise of the SSM Health Medical Group, we will provide a seamless health care experience for our patients. This means care that is truly integrated whether you visit an SSM Health physician, hospital, urgent care or Express Clinic at Walgreens.”
As part of the agreement, Walgreens and SSM Health will form a joint council to share best practices and experiences that improve patient care, quality and satisfaction while reducing health care costs.
“Today’s announcement is another example of how providers can work together to help improve population health while helping to ensure a continuum of care for patients in the community,” said Pat Carroll, MD, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics. “This also demonstrates the value of deeper health system collaborations which can facilitate the transition of retail health clinics from urgent, episodic care to more coordinated care.”
Walgreens is a provider of pharmacy services for SSM Health patients and employees and the two organizations will explore opportunities to integrate other Walgreens services as part of the broader collaboration.
SSM Health Express Clinics at Walgreens will operate seven days a week, including evenings, which gives patients the option to access a variety of health care services without an appointment.
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.
About SSM Health
SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. SSM Health – St. Louis operates 8 hospitals, 12 urgent care locations and more than 40 medical offices in the area. One of the largest employers in St. Louis, SSM Health is recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit us at www.ssmhealth.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.