Kinney Drugs has opened a Healthy You Wellness Center at one of its stores in Syracuse, N.Y., under a collaborative health care partnership with Pulmonary Health Physicians and Franciscan Companies, an affiliate of St. Joseph's Hospital.


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Kinney Drugs opens Healthy You health clinic

February 11th, 2014

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. – Kinney Drugs has opened a Healthy You Wellness Center at one of its stores in Syracuse, N.Y., under a collaborative health care partnership with Pulmonary Health Physicians and Franciscan Companies, an affiliate of St. Joseph's Hospital.

The regional drug chain said late Monday that the walk-in Healthy You Wellness Center, staffed by specialists from Pulmonary Health Physicians, focuses on disease state management and immediate care for certain health issues.

Services include assessment, treatment and management of chronic conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, bronchitis and asthma, as well as diagnosis and treatment of illnesses such as the common cold, flu, allergies and sinus infections.

The wellness center, located in Kinney's store at 104 Lafayette Rd. in Syracuse, will also provide counseling for patients with sleep apnea and questions regarding smoking cessation options, as well as oxygen therapy.

In addition, patients discharged from a hospital stay for respiratory complications will also be able to receive follow-up care within three days of their discharge at the Healthy You center. The pulmonary specialists at the center will work directly with the hospital and the patient's primary care provider to put them back on the path to better health and avoid hospital readmissions.

"Access to convenient and affordable health care is a growing concern for the communities that we serve. We expect this problem to only worsen as millions of more patients gain medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act without a corresponding increase of medical providers available to treat them," Mike Duteau, vice president of business development and strategic relations at Kinney Drugs, said in a statement.

"The Healthy You Wellness Center at Kinney Drugs is a collaborative effort designed to address the need for greater access to affordable health services in the Syracuse market, bridging the gaps in care coordination among health care providers and, ultimately, resulting in improved quality of care and health outcomes," he explained.

Also available to Healthy You patients are Kinney's array of pharmacy services, such as free prescription delivery, its ReadyScripts automatic refill program and immunizations. The drug chain noted that it also offers an expanded selection of durable medical equipment and sleep apnea supplies to further support those patients.

"Developing a clinical relationship with a health care team like Pulmonary Health Physicians is an important step forward in improving access to quality health care," stated Jim Spencer, president of Kinney Drugs. "Together, our pharmacy and the Healthy You Wellness Center are advancing community pharmacy by providing an environment for coordinated health care and helping more people improve their health and wellness."

Overall, Kinney operates 100 drug stores in central and northern New York and Vermont.

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