Walgreens and Providence Health & Services announced a deal to introduce 25 new retail clinics to Oregon and Washington. In a joint statement, the companies said the clinics would be owned and operated by Providence. Calling the agreement a “strategic clinical collaboration” to coordinate care and improve patient access, the goal is “provide an integrated health care option for patients with a known, trusted provider, while helping to evolve the retail clinic model from urgent episodic care to more coordinated care.”
The clinics will operate as Providence Express Care at Walgreens, or Swedish Express Care at Walgreens in the Seattle area. Three clinics are expected to open in Portland and Seattle early next year, with expansion plans to take effect within two years.