MARIETTA, Ga. — WellStar Health System and Walgreens on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration agreement that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care for patients in the northwest Atlanta market.
“This collaboration extends quality care directly into our communities to provide greater access for patients,” stated Reynold Jennings, WellStar president & CEO. “We believe our communities will benefit from this type of collaborative model as we join forces with Walgreens to deliver more coordinated care.”
“With the healthcare system today facing a myriad of challenges, Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens can play an important role in enhancing patient access to quality, convenient and affordable care,” commented Alan London, chief medical officer, Consumer Solutions Group, Walgreens. “Working with a highly integrated health system such as WellStar offers an ideal opportunity to further coordinate patient care in northwest Atlanta. We look forward to working together to help patients in these communities get, stay and live well.”
WellStar Urgent Care Centers and physician practices will work with Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens to handle serious conditions outside of the clinics’ scope of practice, and to help manage the treatment of chronic diseases. The collaboration will provide WellStar patients access to quality care seven days a week.
The collaboration will include direct communication between WellStar physicians and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient information, as well as enhanced awareness of Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens and WellStar services.