Walgreen Co. has entered a clinical affiliation with Centura Health, a health care network serving Colorado and western Kansas.

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Walgreens affiliates with Colorado health system

January 14th, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Walgreen Co. has entered a clinical affiliation with Centura Health, a health care network serving Colorado and western Kansas.

Under the agreement announced Tuesday, Centura Health will work with Healthcare Clinic walk-in medical clinics inside area Walgreens drug stores to handle serious conditions outside of the clinics' scope of services, as well as help manage the treatment of patients with chronic diseases.

The collaboration will include direct communication between Centura Health providers, including Colorado Health Neighborhoods, Centura Health’s clinically integrated network, and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate coordination of care and sharing of patient information. In addition, the affiliation will boost awareness of Healthcare Clinics and the Centura Health network, the companies said.

Sixteen Healthcare Clinics are partnering with Centura Health, including clinic locations in Broomfield, Colorado Springs, Denver, Federal Heights, Highlands Ranch, Lafayette, Lakewood, Littleton, Longmont, Loveland, Parker and Wheat Ridge, Colo.

"This clinical collaboration further supports our strategic efforts to expand our Total Health Solution to consumers. Centura Health and the Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens will promote quality care through evidence-based medicine and best practices, and increase convenience through multiple access points, within a service-friendly environment at an affordable cost," Gary Campbell, president and chief executive officer of Centura Health, said in a statement. "This coordinated care model enables us to carry out our combined vision to deliver optimal health care value and support population health management. The result is more people get the right care, at the right time, in the right place, for the right price."

Healthcare Clinic providers are able to help monitor, manage and support Centura Health patients with diabetes, asthma, hyperlipidemia and hypertension. Walgreens noted that although its retail clinic professionals urges all patients to have a designated medical home for ongoing needs, the collaboration will give Centura patients access to non-emergent care seven days a week, with or without an appointment.

"Healthcare Clinics are playing an important role in enhancing patient access to quality, convenient and affordable care, and serve as a cost-effective alternative to emergency rooms for non-emergent care," stated Alan London, chief medical officer for the consumer solutions group at Walgreens. "The health care system today is facing myriad challenges, and this collaboration enables our nurse practitioners and physician assistants to further coordinate patient care in these communities, working closely with primary care physicians and others."

Centura Health's network encompasses more than 6,000 physicians and 17,100 employees, as well as 15 hospitals, six senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services.

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