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South Milwaukee — The area's largest pharmacy retailer and one of the region's largest health care providers will work together, with Aurora Health operating eight retail health clinics within Walgreens stores across eastern Wisconsin, including in South Milwaukee.

The two firms has announced the new arrangement, in which Aurora Health Care will own and provide all clinical services at those locations, in early December.

All of the sites will be named Aurora QuickCare Clinic at Walgreens.

Walgreens sites

The local location will be at 2985 S. Chicago Ave., South Milwaukee.

In addition to the South Milwaukee location, the new Aurora QuickCare Clinic at Walgreens locations include: 11270 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon; 10800 W. Capitol Drive, Wauwatosa; 6030 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee; 2205 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield; 950 S. Koeller St., Oshkosh; 2301 S. Oneida St., Ashwaubenon; and 464 Cardinal Lane, Howard.

Five existing Walgreens Healthcare Clinics are planned to transition to Aurora next spring, at which time the clinics will become an extension of Aurora Health Care. Walgreens will continue to manage these clinic locations until that time. In addition, Aurora plans to open three new retail clinics in other area Walgreens stores in the spring.

Aurora QuickCare Clinic at Walgreens locations will offer a variety of services, including quick, affordable diagnosis for common health concerns, such as bronchitis, influenza, and minor rashes, as well as vaccines for flu, pneumonia and meningitis. The locations will also be able to do pregnancy tests, TB tests and sports physicals, according to a press release.

Care extension

Aurora QuickCare Clinic at Walgreens locations will give consumers improved access to the "compassionate, affordable, high-quality care" provided by Aurora Health Care, according to the press release. Aurora will also provide a seamless care experience for patients, as care will be truly integrated, whether patients visit an Aurora Health Care physician, an Aurora Health Care medical center or an Aurora QuickCare Clinic at Walgreens.

“At Aurora Health Care, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance access to care and make care more convenient, which is exactly what this new collaboration with Walgreens does,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bahr, MD, president-elect of Aurora Health Care Medical Group. “For those times when patients need quick, on-the-go care, we’re pleased to offer them access to Aurora’s high-quality, cost-efficient care with no appointment necessary, all inside a convenient neighborhood Walgreens.”

As part of the agreement, Walgreens and Aurora Health Care will form a collaborative council to share best practices and experiences that aim to improve patient care, quality and satisfaction while reducing health care costs, according to the press release. With a joint focus on how to better serve the population of eastern Wisconsin, the two organizations will also continue to explore ways to provide new community access points, it added.

“There is a growing need for convenient access to high quality and affordable healthcare services,” said Dr. Pat Carroll, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics. “By entering into new, innovative retail clinic collaborations with established community health systems like Aurora Health Care, we continue to help serve that need. Today, we welcome Aurora and its shared commitment to delivering to patients an exceptional and personalized continuum of care.”

The sites will operate seven days a week, including evenings, which gives patients the option to access a variety of health care services without an appointment.

About Aurora

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality.

It offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. According to Aurora, it is Wisconsin's most comprehensive health care provider and the state's largest private employer.

Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 32,000 caregivers.

About Walgreens

Walgreens is one of the nation's largest drugstore chains.

It is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and well-being enterprise. According to the company, more than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America.

Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

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