Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) announced today a new program, Rite Aid Health Alliance, a pioneering health management collaboration among various healthcare providers that provides comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions and helps them achieve health improvement goals established by their physicians. Rite Aid’s Health Alliance integrated care model is a first for the drugstore industry, as it uniquely leverages the combined expertise of community pharmacists, who are one of the most accessible and trusted resources among healthcare providers, along with specially trained in-store healthcare coaches. Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley, along with Rite Aid President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Martindale, and Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Robert Thompson, will discuss the new initiative today at 10:30 a.m. at the Rite Aid pharmacy located at 2474 Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, N.Y. They will be joined by Dr. Raul Vazquez, president of Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network and one of the first Rite Aid Health Alliance partners. “At Rite Aid, we’re committed to actively working with our customers to keep them well and that includes developing new ways to improve access to high-quality healthcare,” said Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley. “Through our innovative Rite Aid Health Alliance program, we will help patients with the resources and support necessary to successfully manage their conditions and improve their overall health and wellbeing.” Through Rite Aid Health Alliance, patients with chronic and poly-chronic conditions, like congestive heart failure, COPD, high cholesterol and diabetes, are recommended to the program by their primary care physician. Rite Aid pharmacists and specially trained care coaches, located in Rite Aid pharmacies, work with the physician and patient on an on-going basis to improve the patient’s overall health and self-management abilities. The care team members collaborate with the patient to establish health goals, eliminate barriers and create a personalized health care action plan in coordination with the patient’s physician.