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Walgreens brings new store format to Johns Hopkins
June 27th, 2013
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreen Co. is developing a new store adjacent to the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore medical campus that the drug chain said will offer new health and wellness programs and services for students and staff, as well as area residents.
Walgreens said Thursday that the store marks a sizable expansion of a collaboration between Johns Hopkins Medicine and Walgreens announced in May 2011 to jointly explore the development of new models for improving overall patient care.
The new Walgreens "Well Experience" store will offer health services plus healthy food options and a range of other daily living products. And along with a full pharmacy, the store will house a new Take Care Clinic, marking the first Walgreens in-store retail clinic in Maryland.
Walgreens said the store will be located at Science and Technology Park near to the Johns Hopkins medical campus. The park is being developed by Forest City/New East Baltimore Partnership. Construction is slated to begin next month, with the opening planned for 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," Kermit Crawford, Walgreens' president of pharmacy, health and wellness, said in a statement. "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."
Besides the Take Care Clinic, the drug chain said the 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), chronic disease education and awareness programs, smoking cessation programs, HIV testing and immunizations (including for travelers).
"These programs will provide a novel approach to population health and medical services," stated Patricia Brown, president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare. "tThey 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."
Johns Hopkins physicians will collaborate with nurse practitioners at the Take Care Clinic and will be available during clinic hours for consultation, according to Walgreens. 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," commented Jeanne Clark, 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."
Overall, the walk-in Take Care Clinics are located in 20 states and the District of Columbia. They 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," stated Alan London, chief medical officer for 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."
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