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    Price Chopper to Offer In-store Clinics in Connecticut

    SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Price Chopper here has entered into an agreement with Farmington, Conn.-based ProHealth Physicians, the state's largest primary care physician practice, to provide greater access to professional health services by offering in-store clinics located right next to the Price Chopper pharmacy. The MedAccess units will provide on-site health care visits for as little as $45 a visit.

    SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Price Chopper here has entered into an agreement with Farmington, Conn.-based ProHealth Physicians, the state's largest primary care physician practice, to provide greater access to professional health services by offering in-store clinics located right next to the Price Chopper pharmacy. The MedAccess units will provide on-site health care visits for as little as $45 a visit.

    Each unit will feature a nurse practitioner able to treat such ailments as cold sores, poison ivy, tick bites, pink eye, sinus infections, and strep throat. Immunizations and other health screenings such as blood pressure and cholesterol will also be offered. Wait times are minimal, no appointments are necessary, and MedAccess staffers are able to prescribe medications.

    Patient data is collected on-site, with privacy and security protections in place. At the end of the visit, in a process seamless to the patient, a summary of notes and findings is given to the patient and the patient's primary care physician, to facilitate continuity of care and ensure that the patient's medical chart includes a record of the visit.

    "The collaboration with MedAccess....presents the opportunity to provide exemplary pharmaceutical care to patients that can demonstrate the added value of the pharmacist," said Price Chopper director of pharmacy Kathy Bryant. "Together, we strive to find the best balance of quality access and cost resulting in improved health care outcomes."

    The first MedAccess location is scheduled to open this summer in Price Chopper store in Putnam, Conn. Officials from both ProHealth and Price Chopper were unavailable for further comment yesterday.

    ProHealth Physicians includes almost 200 physicians specializing in internal medicine, pediatrics, and family practice, throughout Hartford, New Haven, Litchfield, and Middlesex counties. The group treats more than 300,000 patients in Connecticut.

    The family-owned Golub Corp. owns and operates more than 100 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Golub's approximately 23,000 associates collectively own 55 percent of the company's privately held stock.

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