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Bartell Drugs maintains ‘hyper-local’ focus with latest store opening

BY Michael Johnsen

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs will unveil the largest of its 64 locations at Bellevue Village on Nov. 8 with the completion of a major 5,500-square-foot expansion and remodel.
 
In keeping with Bartell Drugs' “hyper-local” focus, the store includes an array of new features and product areas spotlighting local partners, including the “Bellevue Fountain” offering in-store barista services with fresh-brewed coffee and espresso drinks from Seattle’s Caffe Vita and scooped servings of Bartell Drugs’ own Emerald & Spruce premium ice cream in partnership with local Snoqualmie Ice Cream. And them there's the Bellevue introduction of Bartells’ “Growler Station” with nine local craft beers on tap for take-home.
 
“For those who live and work in Bellevue, this store evolves the drug store shopping experience and offers convenience and innovative offerings and services,” stated Brian Unmacht, Bartell Drugs president and CEO. ”We’re proud to have served the Bellevue community since 1954 and this 
major remodel and expansion reinforces our commitment and excitement to this growing and vibrant community.”
 
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Walgreens’ Healthcare Clinics to enhance care coordination among providers

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens on Thursday announced its Healthcare Clinics will soon transition to the Epic electronic health record platform, to further enhance care coordination among providers, while also supporting the long-term growth plan for its clinic business.  
 
The move to the new EHR, EpicCare, will begin in early calendar year 2016.
 
“This state-of-the-industry EHR will enable more seamless communication with health systems and local providers, and gives us enhanced capabilities to deliver better health outcomes through greater care coordination and interoperability,” stated Patrick Carroll,chief medical officer for Healthcare Clinics. "As our clinics play an increasingly important role in health care, supporting the health care system, provider practices and patients’ medical homes, care coordination can be critical. This will benefit our patients, clinic providers and partners, and serves as an instrumental part of our strategic growth plan.”
 
The platform will provide a number of benefits, including Care Everywhere – Epic’s EHR-based interoperability network.  The largest in the U.S., it will connect with other healthcare organizations to securely share a patient’s medication list, assisting with medication reconciliation and review during Healthcare Clinic visits. 
 
“As we continue to invest in our retail clinic business, it’s critical to have these best-in-class intelligence tools that support our commitment to patient care, and can help position Healthcare Clinics as a strategic partner of choice within the communities we serve,” said Jeff Koziel, group VP for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics.
 
Walgreens manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic locations in the U.S., and currently utilizes its own proprietary EHR. 
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