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Johns Hopkins Medicine and Walgreens Expand Collaboration to Bring First-of-its-Kind Walgreens to Johns Hopkins Medical Campus

  Johns Hopkins Medicine and Walgreens Expand Collaboration to Bring
  First-of-its-Kind Walgreens to Johns Hopkins Medical Campus

New store to provide greater access to health services for area residents and
                               campus community

              Venture brings first Take Care Clinic to Maryland

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. & BALTIMORE -- June 27, 2013

A new Walgreens store is being developed adjacent to the Johns Hopkins East
Baltimore medical campus, which will offer new health and wellness programs
and services for students and staff, as well as residents of the surrounding
community. The store marks a significant expansion of a unique collaboration
between Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) and Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG)
first announced in May 2011, to collaborate and explore the development of new
models for improving overall patient care.

The new Walgreens “Well Experience” store will offer health services, as well
as healthy food options and a full selection of other daily living products.
In addition to its pharmacy, the store will bring other health care resources
to the community with a new Take Care Clinic, staffed by board-certified nurse
practitioners, marking the first Walgreens in-store retail clinic in the state
of Maryland.

The store will be located at Science and Technology Park adjacent to the Johns
Hopkins medical campus. The park is being developed by Forest City - New East
Baltimore Partnership. Construction is expected to begin in July with the
planned opening in late November.

“This is a significant next step in our relationship, leveraging the clinical
expertise of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Walgreens expansive health care
resources to create a retail hub for community-based care,” said Kermit
Crawford, Walgreens president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “Our pharmacy
and Take Care Clinic will provide an environment for collaborative health care
innovation, while also providing greater access to health care services for
the Johns Hopkins community, students, employees and patients. This new
venture is another way in which we’re advancing community pharmacy to help
more people get, stay and live well.”

With an emphasis on population health and wellness, the Walgreens store plans
to introduce a number of programs in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine
faculty, including:

  *Student health services – clinical, pharmacy and retail products and
    services
  *Take Care Clinic – with extended evening and weekend hours, providing
    assessment, treatment and management of certain chronic conditions, as
    well as care for minor illness and injuries, immunizations, preventive
    health screenings/counseling and more
  *Chronic disease education and awareness programs
  *Smoking cessation programs
  *HIV testing – part of a Walgreens program supporting people living with
    HIV/AIDS, offering accessible health and wellness guidance and testing
    programs/services
  *Immunizations, including those for travel

Patricia M.C. Brown, JD, president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, says, “These
programs will provide a novel approach to population health and medical
services. They will benefit not only Johns Hopkins employees and the
surrounding community, but also form the level of health care collaboration
that could serve as a national model.”

The Walgreens “Well Experience” retail concept supports the company’s efforts
to transform the role of community pharmacy and re-engineer health care
delivery in the U.S., while also providing a more personalized health care
experience. With pharmacists out from behind the counter and positioned in
front of the pharmacy, they are more accessible to customers and patients to
provide one-on-one consultations, address medication questions and concerns
and more.

According to Paul Rothman, MD, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, “Our collaboration with Walgreens
creates the opportunity to offer innovative, locally-based health care
services while further weaving Johns Hopkins Medicine into the fabric of East
Baltimore. We will also use the lessons learned from this collaboration beyond
our community, as Johns Hopkins Medicine continues to set the standard for
medical education, research and patient care on a national scale and around
the world.”

Johns Hopkins physicians will collaborate with nurse practitioners at the Take
Care Clinic, and will be available during clinic hours for consultation. Johns
Hopkins also has a collaborative practice agreement at a Take Care Clinic in
Washington, D.C.

“We have been working with Walgreens for more than a year to develop
collaborative approaches to population-based research which utilize the
strengths of both organizations to improve health outcomes for patients,” says
Jeanne M. Clark, MD, interim director of the Division of General Internal
Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “The opening of
the new Walgreens store increases our potential to advance population health
in the community and across the country and is a mechanism to expand our
relationship with Walgreens.”

Take Care Clinics are open seven days a week, with extended evening and
weekend hours, and offer walk-in availability as well as same-day online
appointment scheduling. The clinics are located in 20 U.S. states and
Washington, D.C. are staffed by board-certified nurse practitioners and
physician assistants.

“We’re proud to expand our relationship with Johns Hopkins to coordinate care
at our first Take Care Clinic in Maryland,” said Alan E. London, M.D., chief
medical officer, Take Care Clinics. “Through clinical collaborations, we’re
able to facilitate more coordinated health care services, which are key to
improving patient care and access.”

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
8,096 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 Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is a $6.7
billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading health care
systems in the United States. JHM unites physicians and scientists of the
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health
professionals and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.
JHM's mission is to improve the health of the community and the world by
setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical
care. Diverse and inclusive, JHM educates medical students, scientists, health
care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides
patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness. JHM
operates six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and
surgery centers, more than 38 primary health care outpatient sites and other
businesses that care for national and international patients and activities.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, opened in 1889, was ranked number one in the
nation for 21 years by U.S. News & World Report.

Contact:

Walgreens
Jim Cohn, 847-315-2950
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens
 
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