Retail health clinic operator approaches 100 locations
The new RediClinics — in Toms River (two locations), Belford, Little Egg Harbor, Neptune and Old Bridge, N.J. — were officially launched Monday in a grand opening event in the Rite Aid pharmacy at 220 Route 70 in Toms River.
On hand at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were RediClinic chief executive officer Web Golinkin and chief operating officer Danielle Barrera, along with Hackensack Meridian Health officials and representatives from Rite Aid Corp., the parent of RediClinic.
The six RediClinics are part of a joint venture announced last August with Hackensack Meridian Health, a New Jersey health system. The companies said at the time that plans call for 10 clinics — to be called Hackensack Meridian Health RediClinics — to be opened in Rite Aid stores in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey.
Three of those RediClinics already had been opened in Highland Park, Marlboro and Red Bank, N.J. Another is due to open soon inside a Rite Aid store in Spring Lake, N.J., which would be the 100th RediClinic location.
“It’s a great pleasure to welcome everybody today to the grand opening of this new RediClinic in this very attractive Rite Aid store in Toms River,” Golinkin told attendees at the event.
“From the beginning, part of our model has been to partner with leading health care systems in every market that we serve because we know that this provides continuity of care for our patients when we’re not able to provide them all of the care that they need. So it’s a very important part of the model,” he explained. “And in this regard, we’re honored to be partnering with Hackensack Meridian Health, which has the largest integrated care network in New Jersey and a truly national reputation for high-quality, cost-effective care.”
At the RediClinic convenient care clinics, Hackensack Meridian Health nurse practitioners can diagnose, treat and prescribe medications for more than 30 common health conditions, such as upper respiratory infections, flu, strep throat and ear infections, among others, Barrera said. Also provided are a menu of preventive services, including health screenings, medical tests, immunizations and basic physical exams, including back-to-school and sports physicals. The nurse practitioners are supported by medical attendants and Hackensack Meridian physicians, she said.
The Hackensack Meridian Health RediClinics are open seven days a week, including extended weekday hours. Patients can been seen on a walk-in basis or schedule same- or next-day appointments from their desktop computer, tablet or mobile device.
“Our goal is to get you in and out quick. And if we write you a prescription, you can have it filled just steps away at the pharmacy here at Rite Aid,” Barrera said. “Our patients love the convenience of being inside their neighborhood Rite Aid and the compassionate and comprehensive care that we deliver.”
Executives said they expect to open more Hackensack Meridian Health RediClinics down the road, given the partnership’s success thus far.
“We’re going to be opening more and more Rite Aid RediClinics,” Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEO John Lloyd said at the event. “This is a great addition to what we already provide. We have urgent care centers, emergency rooms and physician offices, and this gives us another convenient venue to take care of our patients.”
Hackensack Meridian Health’s network includes 13 hospitals, along with physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, life-saving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. The system has more than 6,000 physicians.
“This is about convenient care close to home, and it’s about affordability of care,” Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEO Robert Garrett said of the venture with RediClinic. “Health care is really changing today. My belief is that no matter what happens down in Washington with the Affordable Care Act — whether it will be repealed or replaced, changed in a major way or just tweaked — more and more health care is going to be delivered outside the walls of the hospital in outpatient settings like the one that you’re seeing today. And consumers are going to want more affordable care.”
RediClinic now operates 63 clinics inside Rite Aid stores in the greater Philadelphia, Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Seattle areas as well as in New Jersey. It also operates 36 clinics inside H-E-B supermarkets in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas.
*Editor’s Note: Article and photos updated.