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“Today marks another important milestone in SSM Health’s commitment to improving the health of our community,” said James Bleicher, MD, regional president of the SSM Health Medical Group and ambulatory services in St. Louis. “By combining the convenience of Walgreens locations with the personalized care and expertise of the SSM Health Medical Group, we are able to offer exceptional care where and when patients need it.”
The clinics will continue to provide the same services previously offered by Walgreens Healthcare Clinics including sports physicals, vaccinations and treatment for a range of common illnesses and injuries. In addition, the clinics will now be integrated with SSM Health’s electronic health record and billing systems for greater continuity of care and a seamless patient experience -- whether a patient visits an SSM Health physician, hospital, urgent care or Express Clinic at Walgreens. Individuals do not need to be a current SSM Health patient to receive care.
“This is an exciting opportunity to show how providers collaborating with organizations like Walgreens can help improve health outcomes and ensure a continuum of care for patients throughout St. Louis,” said Pat Carroll, MD, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics.
Most clinic locations are open Monday – Friday from 9 am – 7:30 pm and on weekends from 10 am – 4:30 pm. Walk-ins and same-day appointment scheduling are available.
The clinic’s transition from Walgreens to SSM Health is an extension of a long-term relationship dating back to 2012. Walgreens is a provider of pharmacy services for SSM Health patients and employees and the two organizations will explore opportunities to integrate other Walgreens services as part of the broader collaboration.
For more information on SSM Health Express Clinic at Walgreens, please visit www.ssmhealth.com/walgreens.
About SSM Health
SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. SSM Health – St. Louis operates 8 hospitals, 12 urgent care locations and more than 40 medical offices in the area. One of the largest employers in St. Louis, SSM Health is recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the St. Louis Business Journal. For more information, visit us at www.ssmhealth.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.
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