Rite Aid Opens First RediClinics Inside Select Stores
In yet another milestone moment in Rite Aid’s efforts to grow as a retail healthcare company, senior executive leaders recently announced the opening of the first RediClinics inside select Rite Aid stores throughout the greater Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Philadelphia markets. Members of the Rite Aid and RediClinic senior leadership teams made the official announcement on Feb. 4 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at store #11116 in Newtown Square, Pa.
These clinics are the first to open inside Rite Aid pharmacies since the company acquired Houston-based RediClinic, one of the nation’s leading operators of retail clinics, last April. On May 6, Rite Aid opened additional RediClinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies across greater Seattle, Wash.
“As a community pharmacy, it’s critical that we provide the types of programs, resources and services needed to help our customers live and stay well,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and chief operating officer. “Providing high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare through an in-store RediClinic is just one example of how we are taking our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our customers to the next level.”
Added RediClinic CEO Web Golinkin, “As one of the pioneers in convenient care, RediClinic has provided more than 1.5 million consumers with easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare since 2005. Now as a part of Rite Aid, we are bringing our services and programs to new customers in new markets, helping Rite Aid take even better care of its customers.”
RediClinics in these markets are staffed by board certified nurse practitioners, who are trained and licensed to treat common conditions and provide preventive services, in collaboration with local physicians who are affiliated with leading local healthcare systems. Patients can be treated for more than 30 common medical conditions and RediClinic’s clinicians are able to write prescriptions for these conditions when appropriate.
RediClinics also provide a broad range of preventive services, including screenings, medical tests, immunizations, and basic physical exams; and the company’s innovative and acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered at many RediClinics and licensed to other providers.
“RediClinics are a natural extension of the services our customers currently receive from Rite Aid pharmacists and we are pleased to demonstrate this additional layer of healthcare support,” said Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Robert Thompson. “We believe our customers will appreciate having this service available to them in a setting they already trust.”
The company plans to open additional clinic locations in Texas, where RediClinic is already a leading provider of convenient care services.