Advocate Health Care to Operate Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in Chicagoland Area

Clinical agreement to improve care coordination and access across 56
retail clinic locations

DEERFIELD, Ill. & CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Walgreens and Advocate Health Care today announced Advocate will own and
operate the 56 Healthcare Clinics at Walgreens stores across the greater
Chicagoland area. The retail clinics will function as part of Advocate
and will strengthen care coordination for patients, while also
furthering overall convenience and access. The clinics, to be branded as
Advocate Clinic at Walgreens, will open under Advocate in May 2016.

“Advocate Clinic at Walgreens expands Advocate’s care delivery locations
to provide more options for patients and meet the needs of consumers in
an evolving health care environment,” said Lee Sacks, M.D., Advocate’s
chief medical officer and executive vice president. “With Walgreens’
unmatched footprint coupled with our leading clinical expertise and
commitment to delivering high quality, affordable health care, more
patients will have access to the best care when and where they need it.”

Advocate Clinic at Walgreens will provide consumers the ability to
receive care from a well-known, trusted provider with the easy access
and convenience of a retail clinic setting. The clinics also offer a
high quality, affordable option for treating common illnesses and
injuries and allow for more effective care coordination.. Advocate
Clinic at Walgreens will continue to offer walk-ins and same-day
appointment scheduling.

For Walgreens, the agreement aligns with a two-pronged growth strategy
for its retail clinics, which includes investing in its core business
and expanding services to build a strong and viable model for future
growth, while also developing deeper, more innovative approaches with
health systems.

“Advocate shares our commitment to delivering extraordinary,
personalized patient care, and is a nationally recognized health system
that, like Walgreens, has been serving Chicagoland communities for more
than 100 years,” said Pat Carroll, M.D., chief medical officer for
Walgreens Healthcare Clinics. “We believe this approach will help ensure
a true continuum of care for patients and their providers. This is also
an emphasis for our Walgreens-managed clinics, where we continue to make
investments, such as a new EHR platform, to offer patient benefits
through a variety of convenient care options.”

Today’s announcement furthers Walgreens and Advocate’s efforts to
improve care delivery. Walgreens currently operates on-site pharmacies
at three Advocate hospitals, with plans to expand to three additional
Advocate Hospitals in the near future.

Advocate Clinic at Walgreens will be staffed with board-certified nurse
practitioners employed by, trained by and supervised by Advocate Medical
Group. Advocate’s intention is to attempt to hire its initial workforce
from among the employees currently working at Walgreens clinic locations.

The 56 Healthcare Clinics that Advocate will operate are located in
Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (,
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,,, and Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic
and provider practice locations around the country.

About Advocate Health Care

Advocate Health Care is the largest health system in Illinois and one of
the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more
than 250 sites of care and 12 hospitals, including five of the nation’s
100 Top Hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network,
five Level I trauma centers (the state’s highest designation in trauma
care), three Level II trauma centers, one of the area’s largest home
health and hospice companies and one of the region’s largest medical
groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and
residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in
the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated
with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of
Christ, Advocate contributed $783 million in charitable care and
services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2014.

About Advocate Medical Group

Advocate Medical Group provides primary care and specialty services
throughout Chicagoland and Central Illinois. The physician-led group is
focused on serving Advocate’s communities and achieving optimal health
outcomes for patients by providing safe, coordinated care. Advocate
Medical Group is the state’s largest medical group with more than 1,300
providers at over 200 locations. It is part of Advocate Health Care, one
of the leading integrated systems in the nation. More information can be
found at, or by calling 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622).


Jim Cohn, 847-315-2950
Health Care

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