Take Care Health Systems Extends Presence in Tennessee with Locations in Knoxville and Memphis
Six New Take Care Clinics Are Now Open for a Total of 18 Clinics Statewide
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA September 30, 2008 Take Care Health Systems, one of the largest managers of convenient care clinics and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG), has opened locations in Knoxville and Memphis, joining the Nashville market which opened in late 2007. A total of 18 Take Care Clinics are now open in the state, including two in Knoxville, four in Memphis and 12 in Nashville. Take Care Clinics are walk-in, professional health care centers open seven days a week with extended evening and weekend hours. This investment in Tennessee demonstrates the company's commitment to addressing the health care access issue in the state, making Tennessee one of Take Care Health's largest states in number of clinics.
"Take Care Clinics have been very well-received in Tennessee since opening clinics in Nashville in 2007," said Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems' President and CEO. "We are able to expand into Knoxville and Memphis because consumers embrace our high-quality, affordable and convenient model of health care. More than 675,000 patients have been treated at Take Care Clinics nationwide and we look forward to providing greater access to care as we continue to expand in Tennessee and across the country."
Take Care Clinics in Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville are staffed by board-certified family nurse practitioners who treat patients 18 months and older for common illnesses such as strep throat, ear and sinus infections, pink eye and poison ivy, and are licensed to write prescriptions that can be filled at the patient's pharmacy of choice. Take Care Nurse Practitioners also provide school, sports and camp physicals and offer vaccinations for chickenpox, flu, hepatitis B, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus and human pappilomavirus (HPV).
Clinics have two patient examination rooms, exam tables, sinks, innovative patient registration kiosks and electronic medical record technology for visit documentation. Clinics are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. � 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. � 5 p.m., and are located at the following Walgreens drugstores in the Knoxville area:
- Knoxville - 9200 Middlebrook Pike
- Oak Ridge - 1299 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Take Care Clinics in the Memphis area include:
- Bartlett - 6697 Stage Road
- Memphis - 1863 Union
- Cordava - 8046 Macon Road
- Memphis - 8001 Winchester Road
Existing Take Care Clinics in Nashville include:
- Bellevue - 7601 US Route 70
- La Vergne - 5000 Murfreesboro Road
- Franklin - 1509 Murfreesboro Road
- Lebanon - 1303 W. Main Street
- Franklin - 9100 Carothers Pkwy.
- Murfreesboro - 2401 Old Fort Pkwy.
- Gallatin - 585 Nashville Pike
- Nashville - 5555 Edmondson Pike
- Hendersonville - 198 E. Main Street
- Nashville - 3500 Gallatin Pike
- Hermitage - 400 Tulip Grove Road
- Smyrna - 400 Sam Ridley Pkwy.
Take Care Health Systems has partnered with numerous insurers including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, ChoiceCare, CIGNA, Coventry, GreatWest, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, UnitedHealthcare and traditional Medicare. If insured by one of these plans, patients pay their regular co-pay or coinsurance amount. For the uninsured or cash payers, prices average $59-$74 and are listed on clinic sign-in kiosks.
"Take Care Nurse Practitioners provide an excellent health care experience by integrating with the local medical community to promote continuity of care for patients," said Rochelle Latkanich, Regional Nurse Practitioner for Take Care Health's East/Southeast Region, including the Tennessee markets. "We are thrilled to provide a convenient and affordable health care option to the people of Memphis and Knoxville."
Take Care Nurse Practitioners encourage all patients to have a health care home, a provider they see routinely for on-going medical needs and routine exams. If a patient's condition falls outside of the scope of service at the clinic, the patient is referred back to his/her primary care provider for follow-on care. If a patient does not have a primary care provider, nurse practitioners will offer a list of providers in the area accepting new patients. Take Care Nurse Practitioners collaborate with local physicians who are available for consultation at all times the nurse practitioner is treating a patient. Collaborating physicians and other local providers work with Take Care Nurse Practitioners to accept patient referrals.
Take Care Health Systems uses nationally recognized, evidence-based clinical guidelines for treatment and electronic medical record technology allowing patients to take visit records to other providers, promoting continuity of care. Take Care Nurse Practitioners follow quality and safety standards as outlined by the Convenient Care Association, the industry's trade association.
Take Care Health Systems is part of Walgreens Health and Wellness division which includes Take Care Consumer Solutions, managers of convenient care clinics located at select Walgreens drugstores nationwide, and Take Care Employer Solutions, managers of worksite-based health and wellness services. Including Take Care Clinics, the Walgreens Health and Wellness division manages more than 600 worksite health and wellness centers and retail health clinics.
Take Care Health Systems currently manages 247 clinics in 32 markets and 15 states, including locations in: Atlanta, Boulder-Longmont, Colo., Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Green Bay, Wis., Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Madison, Wis., Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, Tenn., Orlando, Fla., Oshkosh, Wis., Peoria, Ill., Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Rockford, Ill., St. Louis, Tampa, Fla., Topeka, Kan., Tucson, Ariz., West Palm Beach, Fla. and Wichita, Kan.
About Take Care Health SystemsSM
Take Care Health Systems (www.takecarehealth.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreens, is part of Walgreens Health and Wellness division, which includes Take Care Consumer Solutions, managers of convenient care clinics located at select Walgreens drugstores nationwide, and Take Care Employer Solutions, managers of worksite-based health and wellness services. The company combines best practices in health care and the expertise and personal care of providers to deliver access to high-quality, affordable and convenient health care to all individuals. The Take Care Consumer Solutions group currently manages 247 clinics in 32 markets and 15 states. Patient care at each of the Take Care Clinics is provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently owned state professional corporation established in each market. Take Care Employer Solutions manages primary care, health and wellness and occupational health centers at 364 employer campuses across 183 clients in 44 states, including the District of Columbia and Guam.
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2008 sales of $59 billion. The company operates 6,443 drugstores in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most convenient access to consumer goods and cost-effective health care services in America through its retail drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities). Walgreens Health and Wellness division includes Take Care Health Systems, which is comprised of: Take Care Consumer Solutions, managers of 247 convenient care clinics at Walgreens drugstores, and Take Care Employer Solutions, managers of worksite-based health and wellness services at 364 employer campuses.
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