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Silver Cross doctors, Walgreens clinics team up

Some physicians affiliated with Silver Cross Hospital will partner with in-store clinics at Walgreens stores to increase patients’ access to health care services.

Four physician groups will send patients with conditions outside the scope of their practices to Healthcare Clinics at some Walgreens stores in Will and southwestern Cook counties. The clinics, staffed by nurse practitioners and open seven days a week, treat a range of cases such as pink eye, chickenpox and minor cuts and burns.

“This collaboration extends quality care in our communities to provide greater access for patients and more coordinated care,” said Ruth Colby, Silver Cross Hospital’s senior vice president of business development and chief strategy officer.

Ten doctors who work at the Manhattan Medical Center; Physicians of Essington, in Joliet; and, Primary Care Professionals and Sanitas Medical Group, both in New Lenox, are involved in the partnership. Clinics in eight Walgreens stores in Bolingbrook, Joliet, Lockport, Mokena, Orland Park, Plainfield (2), and Romeoville are participating.

“With the health care system today facing a myriad of 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 for strategic clinical partnerships.

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