Providence and Walgreens to open retail clinics in Oregon and Washington

WalgreensToday, I have some great news to share. Providence has signed an agreement with Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, to open 25 retail clinics in Walgreens stores in Oregon and  Washington. This is exciting because retail pharmacies have always been part of the continuum of care, and this is an opportunity to more closely work with them as part of the overall delivery network.

What’s more, there are Walgreens stores within five miles of 75 percent of the population we serve, so we will be able to choose locations that will help us fill gaps in our provider network and reach more people in need of the most common primary care services, such as treatment for sore throats and sprains, episodic care and preventative efforts.

Starting with Portland and Seattle

The agreement calls for starting with six clinics in early 2016, including:

  • Three clinics in the Seattle area, which will operate under the name Swedish Express Care at Walgreens and will be managed by Swedish
  • Three clinics in the Portland area, which will operate under the name Providence Express Care at Walgreens and will be managed by our Oregon Region

The remaining clinics will open over the next 18 months at yet-to-be-determined sites in other parts of Oregon and Washington, and we are hopeful that we can eventually grow this relationship to other states we serve.

Convenient access to care

Our new retail clinics will offer a direct connection to our Epic electronic health record system to ensure a seamless experience no matter where our patients choose to access care. We will also offer extended hours seven days a week, walk-in care and same-day appointments.

We are excited to advance the new retail model of care and to serve as a known, trusted health care partner to one of the best-known drugstore brands.  We believe this partnership will allow us to create healthier communities, together, by offering a fast, easy and affordable option to more people.

2 Comments
  1. Very excited to see that you are looking for ways to make it simpler and easier for people to get the care they need, where they live.

  2. Hi Alan. We will have Providence or Swedish nurse practitioners on site.