PHARMACY

Rite Aid ramps up RediClinic openings

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has announced that 24 RediClinics are now open inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia markets. These mark the first clinics to open inside Rite Aid pharmacies since Rite Aid acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics, last April.

Rite Aid president and COO Ken Martindale, Rite Aid EVP of pharmacy Robert Thompson and RediClinic CEO Web Golinkin will officially mark the clinic openings with a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday at at the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 3599 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square, Pa.

“Today marks an important milestone not only for Rite Aid and RediClinic but for our customers in greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia too,” Martindale said. “As a community pharmacy, we are on the front lines of community health every day and it’s critical that we provide the types of programs, resources and services needed to help our customers live and stay well. Providing high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare through an in-store RediClinic is just one example of how we are taking our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our customers to the next level.”

Added Golinkin, “As one of the pioneers in convenient care, RediClinic has provided more than 1.5 million consumers with easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare since 2005. Now as a part of Rite Aid, we are bringing our services and programs to new customers in new markets, helping Rite Aid take even better care of its customers. We are excited to have opened the first wave of clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia markets, and we look forward to growing with Rite Aid and improving the health and wellbeing of our customers and communities.”

RediClinics in these markets are staffed by board certified nurse practitioners, who are trained and licensed to treat common conditions and provide preventive services, in collaboration with local physicians who are affiliated with local healthcare systems. Patients can be treated for more than 30 common medical conditions and RediClinic’s clinicians are able to write prescriptions for these conditions when appropriate.

RediClinics also provide a broad range of preventive services, including screenings, medical tests, immunizations, and basic physical exams; and the company’s innovative and acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered at many RediClinics and licensed to other providers.

“RediClinics are a natural extension of the services our customers currently receive from Rite Aid pharmacists and we are pleased to demonstrate this additional layer of healthcare support,” stated Thompson. “We believe our customers will really appreciate having this service available to them in a setting they already trust.”

Rite Aid plans to open additional RediClinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies across greater Seattle later this spring. The company will also look to open additional clinic locations in Texas where RediClinic is already a leading provider of convenient care services.

 

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