Walgreens Boots Alliance and VillageMD will open the next 40 Village Medical at Walgreens full-service primary care clinics by the end of summer 2021. The first markets slated for expansion include Houston, El Paso and Austin, Texas; Phoenix; and Orlando, Fla.
The expansion is part of the large-scale rollout that will open 500 to 700 Village Medical at Walgreens clinics in more than 30 U.S. markets in the next five years. The clinics will be staffed by more than 3,600 primary care providers recruited by VillageMD and will integrate Walgreens pharmacists as critical members of the team.
“In today’s complex healthcare environment, this integrated model of care is more important than ever. When patients adhere to the appropriate care and medication regime, health outcomes improve,” said Tim Barry, chairman and CEO of VillageMD in a statement. “At Village Medical at Walgreens, our experienced physicians and providers work closely with Walgreens pharmacists every day to ensure patients get accessible, personalized and coordinated care when they need it.”
The expansion plans were driven by the success of the first five clinics in Houston, which received positive feedback and high satisfaction ratings from both patients and physicians. Many of the clinics will open in medically underserved areas, with clienteles including those who may not have access to healthcare and are at greater risk of health disparities.