By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

healthcarewalgreensEMC and Walgreen’s announce clinical collaboration agreement
Patients will have access to fully integrated and coordinated clinic program between Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens and Eastside’s healthcare network

emc 190Snellville, GA February 17, 2014 - Eastside Medical Center and Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced a clinical collaboration agreement that will provide coordinated and expanded health care services, while improving access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care for patients in Gwinnett County and the surrounding communities.

Eastside will work with Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens to handle serious conditions outside of the clinics’ scope of practice, and to help manage the treatment of chronic diseases. While Walgreens and Healthcare Clinic strongly encourage all patients to have a designated primary care physician and medical home for ongoing needs, the collaboration will provide Eastside patients access to quality care seven days a week. The collaboration will include direct communication between Eastside physicians and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient information, and enhanced awareness of Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens and Eastside services.

“This collaboration extends quality care directly into our communities to provide greater access for patients,” said Kim Ryan, Eastside’s CEO. “We believe our communities will benefit from this type of collaborative model as we join forces with Walgreens to deliver more coordinated care.”

With the Affordable Care Act bringing millions of new patients into the healthcare system, the relationship aims to help address some of the needs and challenges facing both patients and healthcare providers.

“With the healthcare system today facing myriad challenges, Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens can play an important role in enhancing patient access to quality, convenient and affordable care,” said Alan E. London, Walgreens vice president of strategic clinical partnerships. “Working with a highly integrated health system such as Eastside offers an ideal opportunity to further coordinate patient care in Gwinnett County. We look forward to working together to help patients in these communities get, stay and live well.”

Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens-area locations working with Eastside through the collaboration include:
•5985 Peachtree Pkwy, Norcross
•2990 Five Forks Trickum Rd, Lawrenceville
•3003 Old Alabama Rd, Alpharetta
•181 S. Clayton St, Lawrenceville
•4398 Atlanta Highway, Loganville
•1510 Milstead Ave NE, Conyers
•1490 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth
•5320 Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain
•2945 Panola Rd., Lithonia

About Eastside
Eastside Medical Center has been a healthcare leader for more than 30 years providing quality care to patients in Gwinnett and surrounding counties. Eastside is a 310-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including heart and vascular, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, spine and wellness center, 24-hour emergency, pediatric emergency, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, women’s services, wound clinic, and behavioral health. With our exceptional medical staff of 500 board certified physicians, 1200 employees, and 400 volunteers, we are committed to being your center of excellence. In 2013, Eastside received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation, earned The Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval” for quality and safety in disease-specific joint replacement care and the Blue Distinction Centers Program for spine surgery. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted, call 770-979-0200 or visit our website at http://www.Eastsidemedical.com. We are located at 1700 Medical Way, Snellville, Georgia.

About Walgreens
As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens http://www.walgreens.com vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes