Walgreens and Orlando Health Announce Clinical Collaboration Agreement

  Walgreens and Orlando Health Announce Clinical Collaboration Agreement

 Relationship creates framework for fully integrated and coordinated clinical
 program between comprehensive health care network and Healthcare Clinics at
                               select Walgreens

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- August 28, 2013

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) and Orlando Health, a comprehensive
not-for-profit health care organization based in Orlando, Fla., today
announced a clinical collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded
health care services, while improving patient access to high-quality,
convenient and affordable care throughout Central Florida. The collaboration
and services offered will include:

  *Greater access to care with Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens
    offering evening and weekend hours, convenient locations and online
    appointment scheduling
  *Coordination of care for Orlando Health patients with Healthcare Clinic
    providers for acute, chronic and preventive services
  *Direct communication between Orlando Health physicians and Healthcare
    Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate care coordination and sharing of
    patient information
  *Increasing patient awareness regarding Orlando Health services, as well as
    information and awareness of Healthcare Clinic services, including routine
    screening, monitoring, immunizations, and clinic locations and hours

“In today’s health care landscape, these types of innovative coordinated care
programs are vitally important to help ensure patients have access to the
quality care they need,” said Jeffrey Kang, M.D., Walgreens senior vice
president of health and wellness services and solutions. “With our expansive
retail footprint, diverse portfolio of health care assets and proven success
in collaborating with others in the medical community, Walgreens is uniquely
positioned to bridge critical gaps in care and improve patient outcomes,
furthering our mission to help patients get, stay and live well.”

Walgreens and Orlando Health are also exploring opportunities to share
electronic medical records, with the goal of developing read-only access to
real-time patient medical information. This level of coordination could also
include creating online or call center appointment scheduling technology to
further increase patient access to services.

“A key tenet of our mission is to improve the health of the individuals in the
communities we serve, and by utilizing new approaches, such as this
relationship with Walgreens, we’ll be able to better reach and treat the
patients of Central Florida,” said Wayne Jenkins, M.D. MPH, president, Orlando
Health Physician Partners. “This relationship represents the type of
collaborative strategies that we view as essential in the emerging health care
environment. We’re confident that by working together our two organizations
can help ensure that patients are receiving the best care, in the best
locations, as well as a truly seamless care experience.”

Orlando Health has six wholly-owned hospitals and two partnership hospitals
throughout Central Florida, a skilled nursing facility, Physician Associates,
one of the largest multi-specialty physician practices in central Florida,
consisting of more than 90 physicians in more than 20 locations, along with
more than 2,500 affiliated physicians. The clinical collaboration includes 13
Healthcare Clinic locations at select Walgreens in nearby cities including
Orlando, Kissimmee, Apopka, Winter Springs, Clermont, Lake Buena Vista, Lake
Mary, Winter Park and Windermere, Florida.

“Orlando Health is an established health care leader in Central Florida, and
its integrated approach to improving the community’s health is a great
strategic fit for Walgreens and our mission,” Kang said.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and
daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. 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 8,105 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, medical practices, and in-store convenient care
clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a $1.9 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a
community-based network of physician practices, hospitals and care centers
throughout Central Florida. Physician Associates, one of the largest
multi-specialty practices in central Florida, consisting of more than 90
physicians in more than 20 locations, became a member of the Orlando Health
family in January, 2013.

The organization, which includes the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for
adults and pediatrics, is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers
both specialty and community hospitals. They are: Orlando Regional Medical
Center; Dr. P. Phillips Hospital; South Seminole Hospital; Health Central
Hospital, South Lake Hospital (50 percent affiliation); St. Cloud Regional
Medical Center (20 percent affiliation), MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando –
the first affiliate of one of the nation’s premier cancer centers, The
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; and the Arnold
Palmer Medical Center, which consists of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. Orlando Health’s areas of
clinical excellence are heart and vascular, cancer care, neurosciences,
surgery, pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatology, and women’s

Orlando Health is one of Central Florida’s largest employers with nearly
16,000 employees and more than 2,500 affiliated physicians supporting our
philosophy of providing high quality care and service that revolves around
patients’ needs. We prove this everyday with over 110,000 inpatient admissions
and nearly 690,000 outpatient visits each year. In all, Orlando Health serves
1.6 million Central Florida residents and nearly 3,000 international patients
annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides approximately $239 million in
support of community health needs. More information can be found at


Jim Cohn, 847-315-2950
Orlando Health
Kena Lewis, 321-841-8184
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