The Walgreens “Well Experience” retail concept supports the company’s efforts to transform the role of community pharmacy and re-engineer health care delivery in the U.S., while also providing a more personalized health care experience. With pharmacists out from behind the counter and positioned in front of the pharmacy, they are more accessible to customers and patients to provide one-on-one consultations, address medication questions and concerns and more.
According to Paul Rothman, MD, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, “Our collaboration with Walgreens creates the opportunity to offer innovative, locally-based health care services while further weaving Johns Hopkins Medicine into the fabric of East Baltimore. We will also use the lessons learned from this collaboration beyond our community, as Johns Hopkins Medicine continues to set the standard for medical education, research and patient care on a national scale and around the world.”
Johns Hopkins physicians will collaborate with nurse practitioners at the Take Care Clinic, and will be available during clinic hours for consultation. Johns Hopkins also has a collaborative practice agreement at a Take Care Clinic in Washington, D.C.
“We have been working with Walgreens for more than a year to develop collaborative approaches to population-based research which utilize the strengths of both organizations to improve health outcomes for patients,” says Jeanne M. Clark, MD, interim director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “The opening of the new Walgreens store increases our potential to advance population health in the community and across the country and is a mechanism to expand our relationship with Walgreens.”Take Care Clinics are open seven days a week, with extended evening and weekend hours, and offer walk-in availability as well as same-day online appointment scheduling. The clinics are located in 20 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. are staffed by board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants.