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Take Care celebrates national Nurse Practitioner Week

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, is celebrating national Nurse Practitioner Week by recognizing the company’s nurse practitioners working at the retail-based health clinics and worksite health and wellness centers.

National NP Week began Nov. 9 and runs through Nov. 15 and is sponsored by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

“Nurse practitioners are a key component of Take Care Health Systems’ approach to enhancing access to high-quality, convenient health care and redefining a patient’s health care experience,” said Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer for Take Care Health Systems.

“Take Care Health has expanded its innovative convenient care and worksite health delivery models quickly across the United States, treating millions of patients while also helping to elevate the role that NPs play in the health care delivery system,” she said.

Take Care Health Systems currently employs nearly 1,300 nurse practitioners at its 279 retail-based health clinics and at many of the 366 worksite health and wellness centers.

Noted David Nash, dean of The Jefferson School of Health Policy and Population Health, “Now more than ever NPs are vital to solving the lack of affordable, accessible, high-quality care in the U.S. healthcare system. With millions of our citizens having limited or no access to preventative care, and many more without a source of ongoing primary care, these top professionals truly deserve to be recognized for the efforts they are making every day in helping America get and stay healthy.”

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“As pharmacists, our foremost concern is helping our patients comply with their prescribed medication therapies,” Jewel-Osco vice president for pharmacy operations Tom Rousonelos said. “We’re extending the length of Prescription Plus in response to a real need our pharmacy customers tell us they have for the continuous opportunities to reduce their grocery bills through this program.”

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