McLaren Health Care in Grand Blanc, a fully integrated health network, and Walgreens, today announced that they have entered into a strategic collaboration focused on health service and pharmacy offerings.
McLaren plans to open a combination of several different types of health service offerings in Walgreens retail locations throughout Michigan, including retail health care clinics, urgent care centers, and primary care sites.
“As the cost of health care continues to rise, patients’ expectations are evolving around better value, convenience, and simplicity, and a desire for instant, high-quality care,” says Dr. Pat Carroll, chief medical officer and group vice president, healthcare services and clinical programs at Walgreens. “Our collaboration with McLaren demonstrates our ongoing commitment to create neighborhood health destinations that provide retail health services and patient care across the communities we serve.”
In addition to planned new McLaren health service offerings at Walgreens, the retailer will operate select onsite pharmacies with the purchase of the prescription files and pharmacy inventory assets of McLaren pharmacies located in Michigan.
As part of the transaction, McLaren pharmacy patients as well as McLaren Health Plan members, including McLaren employees, will be able to access Walgreens prescription services at any of the Walgreens owned pharmacies at McLaren locations or any neighborhood Walgreens stores.
“Consumers increasingly seek value and convenience when choosing a health care setting, and fewer — particularly younger adults — have a relationship with a primary care physician,” says Philip Incarnati, president and CEO of McLaren Health Care. “Walgreens has a reputation for delivering outstanding service and customer experience, and we are proud to work with them to create these new clinics and give Michigan residents more options for quality, affordable care when and where they need it.”
The McLaren system includes 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 490-member employed primary and specialty care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 620,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company.
McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. McLaren has 26,000 employees and more than 85,500 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving Michigan and Indiana.
Walgreens operates 9,560 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.