Meijer to open a retail pharmacy at Butterworth Hospital
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Spectrum Health and Meijer on Wednesday signed a letter of intent to explore Meijer's opening and operating a full-service retail pharmacy on the campus of the Spectrum Health Medical Center.
A final agreement would allow Meijer to operate a comprehensive retail pharmacy in Butterworth Hospital, building upon a national growing trend to offer improved access and convenience to patients who choose to have prescriptions filled before leaving the hospital.
“As part of our goal to transform the care model, we are working to help patients obtain their medications more efficiently. We expect this move to help drive better health outcomes for our patients and enhance their satisfaction and overall experience,” said Christina FreeseDecker, Spectrum Health Hospital Group president. “The relationship with Meijer is built upon a partnership of mutual respect and serves as an extension of Spectrum Health’s commitment to positively impact the health and wellness of the communities we serve.”
“The genuine care provided at our pharmacies continues to differentiate Meijer as a leader in the industry,” added J.K. Symancyk, Meijer president. “That role will continue to evolve as individuals become more focused on leading healthy lifestyles. We believe this partnership with Spectrum Health continues this evolution while providing an opportunity to improve patient health.”
The pharmacy will provide patients, families, employees and hospital providers with an oncampus option for medications and over-the-counter products. This pharmacy would also include access to the Meijer free prescription program, which has filled more than 23 million prescriptions, saving customers nearly $350 million since 2006 when the program began.