and WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.,
Oct. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today,
Walgreens and Novant Health, a leading health care provider with 15
medical centers and more than 640 locations offering advanced
medical treatments in North
Carolina, South Carolina
and Virginia, announced a retail
health clinical collaboration and services agreement, as well as a
retail pharmacy-focused transaction. Walgreens will acquire nine of
Novant Health's retail pharmacies, while Novant Health will open
new retail health care clinics at Walgreens stores in the
Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Brunswick County, North Carolina, areas.
"Our customers have come to rely on their local Walgreens to
provide accessible and convenient health care options," said
Dr. Chet Robson, Walgreens acting
chief medical officer. "Our collaboration with Novant Health is a
great example of how we're integrating care and bringing a
simplified health care experience to North Carolina residents."
Once the pharmacy acquisition closes, Novant Health patients
will be able to receive their prescriptions at the acquired
Walgreens pharmacy locations or any neighborhood Walgreens stores.
Novant Health will continue to operate specialty pharmacies.
"Novant Health is dedicated to making health care remarkable and
this strategic partnership with Walgreens will allow us to make it
even more convenient, affordable and accessible," said Dr.
Pam Oliver, executive vice president
and president of Novant Health Physician Network. "Our new clinics
at Walgreens will allow patients to avoid the emergency room by
expanding access to quality care for minor illnesses and injuries,
and create a new avenue for Novant Health to support and care for
our patients with chronic conditions."
The retail clinics, which will be branded "Novant Health Express
at Walgreens" and staffed with Novant Health advanced practice
clinicians (physician assistants and nurse practitioners), will
provide patients in North Carolina
with access to convenient and affordable health care for treating
common illnesses and injuries, as well as services for chronic care
follow-ups, with no appointment necessary.
The first locations are expected to open in the first half of
2020, with continued expansion in North
Carolina over two years. The first three locations are
expected to be on Fairview Road in Charlotte, N.C., on Stratford Road in
Winston-Salem, N.C., and on
Village Road in Leland, N.C.
The Novant Health Express at Walgreens retail clinics will
operate seven days a week.
About Novant Health
Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics,
outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and
convenient healthcare experience to communities in Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of
more than 1,600 physicians and over 28,000 employees that provide
care at over 640 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of
outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2019, Forbes
ranked the organization first in North
Carolina and 38th nationally on its 2019 Best Employers for
Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine has also ranked
Novant Health third on its 2019 list of "Best Places for Women
& Diverse Managers to Work." Novant Health provided more than
$883 million in community benefit,
including financial assistance and services, in 2018.
For more information, please visit our website at
NovantHealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and
Walgreens (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. Approximately 8 million customers interact with
Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient,
multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted,
cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice.
As of August 31, 2018, Walgreens
operates 9,560 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its
omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens
stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic
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