The clinics integrate pharmacists as critical members of VillageMD’s physician-led, multidisciplinary team.
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Walgreens Boots Alliance and VillageMD are opening 40 new clinics by the end of summer 2021 as part of an aggressive rollout plan.
The 40 new Village Medical at Walgreens full-service primary care clinics are part of the 2 companies’ large-scale rollout announced earlier this year to open 500 to 700 Village Medical at Walgreens clinics in more than 30 US markets in the next 5 years.
The first markets for expansion include areas of Houston, El Paso, and Austin, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, and Orlando, Florida. The first new locations outside of Houston will open in the Phoenix area starting in mid-December.
The clinics integrate pharmacists as critical members of VillageMD’s physician-led, multidisciplinary team “to provide patients with a full suite of primary care and pharmacy services at convenient Walgreens neighborhood locations,” Walgreens and VillageMD said in a press release.
“By combining the expertise of both the physician and pharmacist, patients benefit from improved health outcomes and lowered cost of care. With Village Medical board-certified physicians facilitating regular and direct communication between patients and Walgreens pharmacists, the model helps Village Medical at Walgreens patients take the right medications and get the right doses at the right times,” they added.
“In today’s complex healthcare environment, this integrated model of care is more important than ever. When patients adhere to the appropriate care and medication regime, health outcomes improve,” said Tim Barry, chairman and CEO at VillageMD.
Expansion plans were driven by the success of the first 5 clinics in Houston. Many of the clinics are located in medically underserved areas.
1. Walgreens and VillageMD to Open Next 40 Full-Service Primary Care Clinics. News release. Walgreens; December 2, 2020. Accessed December 2, 2020. https://news.walgreens.com/press-releases/general-news/walgreens-and-villagemd-to-open-the-next-40-full-service-primary-care-clinics-.htm