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Hy-Vee becomes joint owner of Exemplar Care

Exemplar Care medical clinics, located in the Des Moines area, will now be Hy-Vee Health Exemplar Care.
Nigel F. Maynard
Editorial Director

Hy-Vee announced this week that it has become a joint owner of Exemplar Care. As a result, Exemplar Care medical clinics in the Des Moines area will now be Hy-Vee Health Exemplar Care.

Under the agreement, Hy-Vee Health Exemplar Care medical clinics will offer direct primary care and 24/7 urgent care (where available). Locations are currently open in West Des Moines, Ankeny and soon Bondurant, Iowa. Hy-Vee’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Daniel Fick and Exemplar Care’s leadership team, including founder Dr. Jon Van Der Veer, will manage the clinics.

Through Hy-Vee Health Exemplar Care, employer groups can provide their employees access to unlimited primary and urgent care through memberships for a fixed monthly fee or layer the membership with a major medical health plan. Health care memberships are also available to individuals and families outside of an employer-funded plan.

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“We are proud to partner with Exemplar Care to provide a new way of delivering health care to patients and employer groups,” said Aaron Wiese, president of Hy-Vee. “By combining Exemplar Care’s expertise with Hy-Vee’s extensive background in pharmacy and infusion care, we will not only be able to reduce the cost of health care for patients and employers, but more importantly, improve the health of our patients through personalized patient care, increased access to care and transparent pricing.”

Hy-Vee has operated in the health care industry for more than 50 years and continues to expand its operations. The retailer currently operates more than 275 retail pharmacies across eight Midwestern states, as well as Amber Specialty Pharmacy, a national specialty pharmacy provider. In 2020, Hy-Vee formed its own pharmacy benefit manager Vivid Clear Rx to combat rising drug prices by bringing more transparency to the industry. 

Hy-Vee has also entered the medical space in recent years, launching a low-cost telehealth and online pharmacy provider called RedBox Rx that specializes in mental health, men’s health, women’s health and more. Most recently, Hy-Vee opened Hy-Vee Health Infusion Care medical practices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago to provide affordable infusion therapy to patients with chronic conditions.

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