Walgreens and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) announced today that a VUMC subsidiary will operate and provide all clinical services at 14 retail health clinics within Middle Tennessee Walgreens stores, including the store located at 1303 West Main Street in Lebanon.
The existing clinics, currently managed by Walgreens, are planned to transition to VUMC in November and will be an extension of the Vanderbilt Health System. The clinics will be known as Vanderbilt Health Clinic at Walgreens. Walgreens will continue to manage the clinic locations until the transition.
"We are pleased to announce this new collaborative relationship with Walgreens, which reflects the efforts of both our organizations to make high-quality health care services more accessible and coordinated for patients living throughout Middle Tennessee," said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy chief executive officer and chief health system officer for VUMC. "Walgreens is a widely recognized industry leader, and we look forward to sharing with them our commitment to improve the health of those we serve."
At the 14 Walgreens locations, patients will be able to see Vanderbilt Health clinicians seven days a week, including evenings, giving patients the option to access a variety of health care services without an appointment. Among the available services are laboratory tests and treatments for common conditions such as bronchitis, bladder infections, flu, nausea and vomiting, sinus issues, seasonal allergies, sore throat and minor wounds.
"This is a great opportunity for Walgreens to work even closer with Vanderbilt Health," said Pat Carroll, M.D., chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics. "Today's announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to collaborate with community health systems, like Vanderbilt Health, to offer convenient access to affordable healthcare services while helping to ensure a true continuum of care for our patients."
The announcement builds upon the continued relationship between Walgreens and Vanderbilt Health which has included infusion services provided throughout Middle Tennessee and Walgreens pharmacy participation in VUMC's clinically integrated network.
In addition to the Walgreens on West Main Street in Lebanon, Vanderbilt Health associated clinics will also be located in Nashville, Bellevue, Clarksville, Franklin, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Hermitage, Lavergne, Murfreesboro and Smyrna once the transition is complete.