WellStar and Walgreens Announce Clinical Collaboration Agreement

  WellStar and Walgreens Announce Clinical Collaboration Agreement

 Patients will have access to fully integrated and coordinated clinic program
   between Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens and WellStar’s healthcare
                                   network

Business Wire

MARIETTA, Ga. -- October 16, 2013

WellStar Health System and Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced
a clinical collaboration agreement that will provide coordinated and expanded
health care services, while improving access to high-quality, convenient and
affordable care for patients in the northwest Atlanta market.

WellStar Urgent Care Centers and physician practices will work with Healthcare
Clinic at select Walgreens to handle serious conditions outside of the
clinics’ scope of practice, and to help manage the treatment of chronic
diseases. While Walgreens and Healthcare Clinic strongly encourage all
patients to have a designated primary care physician and medical home for
ongoing needs, the collaboration will provide WellStar patients access to
quality care seven days a week. The collaboration will include direct
communication between WellStar physicians and Healthcare Clinic nurse
practitioners to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient
information, and enhanced awareness of Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens
and WellStar services.

“This collaboration extends quality care directly into our communities to
provide greater access for patients,” said Reynold Jennings, WellStar
president & CEO. “We believe our communities will benefit from this type of
collaborative model as we join forces with Walgreens to deliver more
coordinated care.”

With the Affordable Care Act expected to bring millions of new patients into
the healthcare system, the relationship aims to help address some of the needs
and challenges facing both patients and healthcare providers.

“With the healthcare system today facing a myriad of challenges, Healthcare
Clinic at select Walgreens can play an important role in enhancing patient
access to quality, convenient and affordable care,” said Alan E. London, chief
medical officer, Consumer Solutions Group, Walgreens. “Working with a highly
integrated health system such as WellStar offers an ideal opportunity to
further coordinate patient care in northwest Atlanta. We look forward to
working together to help patients in these communities get, stay and live
well.”

Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens-area locations partnering with WellStar
include:

• 1762 Mars Hill Road, NW, Acworth

• 4120 Austell Road, Austell

• 9465 Highway 5, Douglasville

• 2779 N. Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw

• 2464 Roswell Road, Marietta

• 2988 Shallowford Road, Marietta

• 5230 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs

• 2670 Cobb Parkway, SE, Smyrna

About WellStar Health System

Recognized as the fifth most integrated healthcare delivery system in the
country, WellStar Health System is one of the largest not-for-profit health
systems in Georgia and serves a population of nearly 1.4 million residents in
five counties. The vision of WellStar is to deliver world-class healthcare. A
national leader in the transformation of healthcare delivery, WellStar
launched two initiatives in late 2012 – the Center for Health Transformation
and the Georgia Health Collaborative – that will have far reaching effects on
healthcare both locally and nationally. WellStar includes WellStar Kennestone
Regional Medical Center (anchored byWellStar Kennestone Hospital)  and
WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; the WellStar
Medical Group; Urgent Care Centers; Acworth Health Park; Health Place;
Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing Center; and the WellStar
Foundation. For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit wellstar.org.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 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 8,117 drugstores in all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems
is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager
of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices, and in-store
convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.

Contact:

FOR MEDIA INFORMATION:
WellStar Media Smart Phone: 770-630-0106
Jim Cohn, Walgreens, 847-315-2950
jim.cohn@walgreens.com
 
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