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New Partnerships Expand Reach of Rite Aid Health Alliance

Rite Aid Health Alliance—Rite Aid’s ground-breaking health management pilot program for patients with chronic and poly-chronic conditions—now includes five partners active in four markets after the company recently announced new partnerships with Penn State Hershey Health System, serving Central Pennsylvania, and Heritage Provider Network, serving Southern California.

Rite Aid Health Alliance - Hershey

A press conference was recently held in Hershey, Pa., to welcome Penn State Hershey Health System as a Rite Aid Health Alliance partner. Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley is pictured at right with Harold Paz, M.D., M.S., CEO of Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs and dean of the Penn State College of Medicine.

The innovative Health Alliance program—also active in Greensboro and High Point, N.C., and Buffalo, N.Y.—leverages the support of Rite Aid pharmacists and specially trained in-store care coaches to help patients with chronic conditions achieve individualized health goals established by their physician.

By participating in Rite Aid Health Alliance, Penn State Hershey and Heritage physicians can now refer patients with chronic conditions like congestive heart failure, COPD, diabetes and high cholesterol to select local Rite Aid stores, where Rite Aid pharmacists and in-store care coaches from Health Dialog meet regularly with the patients to support them in improving their overall health and self-management capabilities.

This team-oriented approach is designed to motivate, encourage and coach patients with chronic conditions, who often face a difficult struggle to manage their health, and provide a more efficient and effective method of care that is less costly to the health care system.