Walgreens Take Care Health Systems and Community Health Network Announce Clinical Collaboration Agreement

  Walgreens Take Care Health Systems and Community Health Network Announce
  Clinical Collaboration Agreement

Relationship creates Central Indiana’s first fully integrated and coordinated
clinical care program  between preeminent health care system and retail clinic
                                   provider

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- January 30, 2013

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) subsidiary Take Care Health Systems and
Indianapolis-based Community Health Network today announced a clinical
collaboration that will facilitate more coordinated health care services, and
improve patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care
throughout Central Indiana. Components of the agreement will include:

  *Greater access to care with Take Care Clinics offering evening and weekend
    hours, convenient locations and online appointment scheduling
  *Coordination of care for Community Health Network patients with Take Care
    Clinic providers for acute, chronic and diagnostic services
  *Direct communication between Community Health Network physicians and Take
    Care Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate care coordination and
    sharing of patient information
  *Sharing of information regarding Community Health Network services with
    Take Care Clinic patients; and informing Community patients about Take
    Care Clinic services, including routine screening, monitoring,
    immunizations, and clinic locations and hours

“With its ambulatory footprint and position as one of the most highly
integrated health care providers in Central Indiana, Community Health Network
shares our objectives to improve access and overall health, while also
reducing costs for patients, payers and providers,” said Jeffrey Kang, M.D.,
M.P.H., Walgreens senior vice president of health and wellness services and
solutions. “By developing new and innovative coordinated care programs,
Walgreens and Take Care Clinics are helping to bridge critical gaps in care by
working closely with others in the medical community, and furthering our
mission to help patients get, stay and live well.”

Community Health Network has more than 200 sites of care and affiliates
throughout Central Indiana, including eight hospitals and network of over
2,000 credentialed physicians. There are 14 Take Care Clinics in Central
Indiana.

Under the agreement, Walgreens and Community Health Network are also exploring
opportunities to share electronic medical records, with the goal of eventually
having shared patients’ records fully integrated with Community CareConnect,
the patient-centric, electronic medical records technology platform owned by
Community Health Network. This level of coordination could also include
patients being able to schedule appointments online at Community Health
Network physician offices, Take Care Clinics, MedCheck locations and imaging
sites.

“One of our key goals is to improve access and convenience to Community’s
patients and our partner’s patients,” said Tim Hobbs, M.D., chief physician
executive at Community Health Network. “We have a growing ambulatory delivery
system and employer health network. Our physicians and leadership are very
committed to that and have been impressed with Walgreens desire to do the
same. Through this relationship, we are bringing new thinking to local health
care delivery and helping ensure that patients are receiving the best care at
the best location.” Hobbs went on to say, “This type of collaborative approach
leverages the unique capabilities of both parties and represents the direction
that health care is moving.”

“We began a relationship with Walgreens two years ago to explore ways to
increase patient adherence to prescribed medications and we developed a pilot
program,” said Kyle Fisher, chief strategic development officer at Community
Health Network. “Through this program, we discovered our organizations share a
dedicated focus on innovation, customer service and high-quality patient care.
We look forward to enhancing our relationship to find other unique ways to
improve the patient experience.”

The clinical collaboration includes Take Care Clinic locations in Warren
Township and Washington Township in Indianapolis; Downtown Indianapolis;
Lawrence Township in Lawrence; and Clay Township in Carmel.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for
health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million
customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and
services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services
and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services
includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along
with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower
costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health
systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates
8,061 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and
most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and
in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the
country.

About Community Health Network

Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health
Network is Central Indiana’s leader in providing convenient access to
exceptional healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in
hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces,
schools and homes. As a non-profit health system with over 200 sites of care
and affiliates throughout Central Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care
integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery
centers, home care services, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health
services. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com or call 800-777-7775.

Contact:

Walgreens
Jim Cohn, 847-315-2950
Jim.Cohn@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens
or
Community Health Network
Lynda de Widt, (317) 621-3636
ldewidt@eCommunity.com
 
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