Walgreens Boots Alliance is opening 29 primary care practices with VillageMD in Texas under the Village Medical brand.
The additional clinics align with plans to open Village Medical sites in more than 30 U.S. markets over the next four years. Beyond that, Walgreens and VillageMD plan to build hundreds more practices.
“This strategic partnership between Walgreens and VillageMD demonstrates our continuing commitment to the care and well-being of our patients, and we’re excited to expand our primary care and pharmacy service offerings in Texas,” Jamie Vortherms, vice president of health care services at Walgreens, said in a statement. “With the opening of these Village Medical at Walgreens locations, we’re providing convenient access to personalized, high quality and coordinated care.”
The expansion is part of Walgreens’ $1 billion accelerated investment previously announced. Leveraging pharmacies and physicians under one roof will benefit patients, according to Walgreens. The new locations will be added in Houston, Austin and El Paso, Texas, where roughly 825,000 patients live within five miles of a planned clinic.
“With Village Medical primary care services and Walgreens pharmacy services delivered through an integrated care model, we’re facilitating regular and direct communication with patients, helping deliver improved health outcomes and affordable care,” said Clive Fields, MD, co-founder and chief medical officer, VillageMD. “We’re pleased to expand these offerings in Texas so residents can manage their chronic conditions and focus on being healthy, active members of their community.”