Walgreens Boots Alliance and VillageMD are continuing to expand their clinic concept.
The companies' plans call for the opening of three new Village Medical at Walgreens primary care practices in the Southern New Hampshire area by the end of summer 2022, with the first opening on April 19 in Hooksett. Additional locations will open in Manchester and Nashua.
“Combining VillageMD’s expertise in primary care with Walgreens experienced pharmacy teams and community presence means we’re now able to offer more patients an accessible, comprehensive and convenient healthcare experience,” Jeffrey Corbett, a Village Medical primary care physician with more than 12 years of experience in New Hampshire, said. “We want to remove as many barriers and obstacles to healthcare as we can while offering high-quality, trusted care.”
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Village Medical at Walgreens primary care practices in New Hampshire will create more than 80 full-time jobs and employ more than 35 well-compensated science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals, such as physicians, nurse practitioners and medical assistants. Physicians and pharmacists are supported with high-tech tools, optimized electronic medical records and reduced administrative tasks, empowering them to focus on providing patient care and achieving positive health outcomes.
Village Medical physicians and Walgreens pharmacy team members work together to provide expert care for chronic conditions, as well as everyday illnesses and injuries. Physicians and pharmacists collaborate closely to fill prescriptions immediately following medical visits, often at the same location if they choose to do so, and ensure patients have ongoing access to care and medical expertise, the companies said.
“At Walgreens, we know how important local and accessible healthcare is to help our communities get and stay healthy,” Steve Pashko, Walgreens regional healthcare director, New England, said. “Walgreens and VillageMD are working together to make it easier for our communities to access high-quality, coordinated primary care and pharmacy services.”
In 2019, 23% of New Hampshire adults under age 65 were considered at high risk of experiencing serious health outcomes if infected with COVID-19 because of underlying chronic conditions like cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. In 2018, approximately 77,000 New Hampshire residents lacked access to healthcare coverage — bringing the need for accessible and affordable care to the forefront, the companies said.
With the Southern New Hampshire openings, VillageMD and Walgreens will have opened approximately 100 practices across 13 markets, including Arizona, Florida, Texas, Kentucky and Indiana. The companies shared that they are on track to open more than 200 practices by the end of 2022.
Walgreens Boots Alliance recently announced an increased investment in VillageMD to advance its strategic position in the delivery of value-based primary care. This investment will accelerate the opening of more than 600 Village Medical at Walgreens primary care practices in more than 30 U.S. markets by 2025 and 1,000 by 2027, with more than half of those practices in medically underserved communities.
Village Medical at Walgreens practices accepts a wide range of health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare in participating markets. Patients may access care and support through in-person, at-home and telehealth visits.