Rite Aid RediClinics Now Open in Seattle
After successful launches in the greater Philadelphia and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. areas, Rite Aid RediClinics are now available to customers at select stores in Seattle thanks to a new partnership with a local health system.
The company recently announced that RediClinic, one of Rite Aid’s wholly owned subsidiaries, has formed a joint venture with MultiCare Health System, a leading, not-for-profit health care organization that offers a comprehensive regional network of services. Through the joint venture, RediClinic and MultiCare will collaborate to operate 11 RediClinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies.
Rite Aid, which acquired RediClinic in April 2014, currently operates 30 clinics inside its stores. The company has plans to open an additional 50 clinics in fiscal 2016.
Rite Aid’s Robert Thompson, RediClinic CEO Web Golinkin and MultiCare Health System President and CEO Bill Robertson were on hand at store #5179 in Bellevue, Wash., to officially announce the joint venture and mark the first of the 11 clinic openings with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Rite Aid is excited to announce this joint venture, a strategic expansion of our existing relationship with MultiCare Health System,” said Thompson. “MultiCare shares Rite Aid and RediClinic’s commitment to providing high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare to the communities it serves, and we look forward to collaborating with MultiCare to offer an additional level of care to our customers across Seattle.”
“We are very excited to partner with MultiCare, a leader in patient care in Tacoma and across Washington, as we work to open the first RediClinics in the Pacific Northwest,” added Golinkin. “As one of the pioneers in convenient care, RediClinic has served more than 1.7 million consumers since opening its first clinic in 2005, and we look forward to introducing our unique model of high-quality, convenient and affordable care to Seattle area residents.”
The RediClinics in Seattle will be staffed by board certified MultiCare nurse practitioners, who are trained and licensed to treat common conditions and provide preventive services in collaboration with MultiCare affiliated physicians. Patients can be treated for more than 30 common medical conditions, and the nurse practitioners 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, as well as the company’s innovative and acclaimed Weigh Forward weight/lifestyle management program, which is offered at many RediClinics and licensed to other providers.