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Walgreens, VillageMD health care venture expands to Florida

Walgreens Boots Alliance and VillageMd continue to expand their partnership to new markets.

The two companies will open 10 full-service primary care clinics at Walgreens stores in Orlando this year. The openings are part of a strategic partnership that is on track to open at least 600 locations in more than 30 U.S. markets during the next four years.

The expansion into Florida is already underway, with three clinic opened at Walgreens stores in the Orlando area. Through the Walgreens and VillageMD integrated care model, patients are able to receive convenient and coordinated pharmacy services alongside cost-effective and comprehensive primary care.

“Together, Walgreens and VillageMD are committed to expanding access to healthcare in America through coordinated primary care and pharmacy services in our stores and virtually,” said Jamie Vortherms, VP of healthcare services, Walgreens. “These 10 new clinics in Orlando are the first of many we hope to bring to Florida to provide residents high-quality care in the communities where they live, shop and work.”

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More than 13 million Floridians have at least one chronic condition, many of whom require multiple daily medications. VillageMD primary care physicians and Walgreens pharmacists work together to provide care for chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure, as well as everyday illnesses and injuries.  

“We’re thrilled to launch Village Medical at Walgreens locations in Orlando and share VillageMD’s high-tech, high-touch healthcare model, which fosters regular communication and strong relationships between our patients and providers,” said Brent Asplin, M.D., president of Village Medical. “By bringing this model to Walgreens locations in Orlando, we’re able to provide unprecedented access to primary care services and deliver improved health outcomes.”

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