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Walgreens, VillageMD bring clinics to Jacksonville, Fla.

The opening of five new locations will create more than 295 new job opportunities in the Jacksonville area, the companies said.

Walgreens Boots Alliance and VillageMD are planning to open five new Village Medical at Walgreens coordinated primary care practices in the Jacksonville, Fla., area throughout the summer of 2022. 

The first of these locations opened on Feb. 15 and is located at 105 Julington Plaza Drive. With the opening of this and additional locations, the companies are expanding into their third major market in Florida, following the opening of Orlando and Tampa clinics. 

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“At Village Medical at Walgreens, we are simplifying health care for our patients by combining the primary care and pharmacy experience,” Lynn Cosentino, a local Village Medical physician said. “Jacksonville residents, and particularly patients with chronic health conditions, will benefit from the collaboration between the primary care and pharmacy teams, which offers comprehensive care and ongoing support.”

Village Medical at Walgreens primary care practices in the Jacksonville area offer more than 3,000 square feet of state-of-the-art space for delivering comprehensive primary care services. The clinics also will create more than 295 full-time jobs, including physicians, nurse practitioners and medical assistants. 

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Through the Walgreens and VillageMD coordinated care model, patients can receive care for chronic health conditions, as well as preventive services and treatment for everyday illnesses and injuries. Physicians and pharmacists collaborate closely to fill prescriptions immediately following medical visits, often at the same location, and ensure patients have ongoing access to support that helps them get and stay healthy, the companies said. 

“Consumers are looking for an affordable, convenient and safe healthcare experience,” Joel Slocum, director of pharmacy and retail operations at Walgreens, said. “By combining the expertise of the primary care and pharmacy teams and localizing health care, we can help improve the health and well-being of our communities.”

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With the Jacksonville openings, Walgreens and VillageMD have opened more than 80 primary care practices across 12 markets including Arizona, Florida, Texas, Kentucky and Indiana, and are on track to open more than 200 practices by the end of 2022. 

Village Medical at Walgreens primary care practices accept a wide range of health insurance options including Medicaid and Medicare in participating markets. Patients may access care and support through in-person, at-home and telehealth visits.

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