Walgreens and McLaren Health Care, a fully integrated regional health network, have entered into a strategic collaboration focused on health service and pharmacy offerings.
DEERFIELD, IL and GRAND BLANC, MI—Walgreens and McLaren Health Care, a fully integrated regional health network, today announced that they have entered into a strategic collaboration focused on health service and pharmacy offerings.
McLaren plans to open a combination of several different types of health service offerings in Walgreens retail locations throughout Michigan, including retail health care clinics, urgent care centers and primary care sites.
"As the cost of healthcare continues to rise, patients' expectations are evolving around better value, convenience and simplicity, and a desire for instant, high-quality care," said Pat Carroll, M.D., Walgreens' chief medical officer and group vice president, healthcare services and clinical programs, in a prepared statement. "Our collaboration with McLaren, demonstrates our ongoing commitment to create neighborhood health destinations that provide retail health services and patient care across the communities we serve."
Details about the services that are expected to be provided by these new in-store clinics, and health care centers, were not provided in the announcement. However, Walgreens will operate select onsite pharmacies with the purchase of the prescription files and pharmacy inventory assets of McLaren pharmacies in Michigan.
As part of this transaction, McLaren pharmacy patients as well as McLaren Health Plan members, will be able to access Walgreens prescription services at any of the Walgreens owned pharmacies at McLaren locations or any neighborhood Walgreens stores.
"Consumers increasingly seek value and convenience when choosing a health care setting, and fewer — particularly younger adults — have a relationship with a primary care physician," said Philip Incarnati, president and chief executive officer of McLaren Health Care, in a prepared statement. "Walgreens has a reputation for delivering outstanding service and customer experience, and we are proud to work with them to create these new clinics and give Michigan residents more options for quality, affordable care when and where they need it."
Walgreens and McLaren Health Care Announce Health Services and Pharmacy Collaboration [news release]. Deerfield, IL and Grand Blanc, MI; October 17, 2018: McLaren Health Care. https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/news-releases/walgreens-and-mclaren-health-care-announce-health-services-and-pharmacy-collaboration-300732512.html?c=n. Accessed October 17, 2018.