2018-10-21 / Marketplace

Walgreens and McLaren Health Care announce pharmacy collaboration

GRAND BLANC — Walgreens and McLaren Health Care, a fully integrated health network committed to quality, evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency, on Wednesday 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. “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.”

In addition to these planned new McLaren health service offerings at Walgreens, Walgreens will operate select onsite pharmacies with the purchase of the prescription files and pharmacy inventory assets of McLaren pharmacies located in Michigan.

As part of this transaction, McLaren pharmacy patients as well as McLaren Health Plan members, including McLaren employees, 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 — par- ticularly younger adults — have a relationship with a primary care physician,” said Philip Incarnati, president and chief executive officer of McLaren Health Care. “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.”

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network that includes 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 620,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly-owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

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