Walgreens and VillageMD are bringing 40 more of their Village Medical at Walgreens primary care clinics to four new markets and expand in its initial market of Houston. The two companies said Wednesday that the 40 clinics’ role out would begin with the first clinic outside of Houston with a Phoenix location opening on Dec. 14.
All told, Houston, as well as Texas markets of El Paso and Austin will get new clinics, as well Phoenix and Orlando, Fla. The new locations mark the companies’ opening salvo in their plans to open between 500 and 700 Village Medical at Walgreens clinics in some 30 markets over the coming five years. The clinic model began with five Houston locations that received positive feedback from patients and physicians, and it looks to bring care to underserved populations who are at greater risk of health disparities.
“Walgreens is proud to partner with VillageMD to offer the most comprehensive and large-scale roll-out of physician-led primary care services co-located in a retail pharmacy setting,” said Alex Gourlay, Walgreens Boots Alliance co-COO. “Our role as part of patient care teams has never been more critical, and our partnership with VillageMD enables us to provide more people with convenient access to high-quality, affordable care embedded in their communities.”