PHILADELPHIA — Rite Aid Corp.’s RediClinic and Aria Health, the largest health care provider in northeast Philadelphia and lower Bucks County, Pa., are entering into an alliance that will offer greater convenience, increased access and more affordable health care to residents of the region.
Through the arrangement, RediClinic and Aria Health will implement a variety of clinical integration initiatives to encourage and facilitate collaboration between RediClinic practitioners and Aria Health-affiliated physicians. Six RediClinics covered by the alliance, which will be cobranded with Aria Health, are located inside Rite Aid pharmacies.
“Since opening our first RediClinic in the greater Philadelphia area just over a year ago, we have been seeking ways to become more fully integrated into the existing health care delivery ecosystem,” said RediClinic chief executive officer Web Golinkin. “We are excited about our new relationship with Aria Health because it will enable us to offer our patients access to a larger network of providers and a broader scope of services.”
“We are pleased to be working with RediClinic and Rite Aid, as it will enable Aria to expand access to care in our community and explore innovations in service delivery,” said Kathleen Kinslow, president and CEO of Aria Health.
RediClinic currently operates clinics inside 18 Philadelphia-area Rite Aid pharmacies. The clinics are staffed by board-certified nurse practitioners, who are trained and licensed to treat common conditions, and provide preventive services including screenings, medical tests, immunizations and basic physical exams, in collaboration with local physicians. Patients can be treated for more than 30 common medical conditions, and RediClinic clinicians are able to write prescriptions when appropriate. RediClinic also offers Weigh Forward, a weight/lifestyle management program, at all of its retail clinics and licensed to other providers.
The clinics are open seven days a week, and no appointments are necessary.