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    Rite Aid to Launch Health Clinics

    The drug chain is working with MedStar Health and Consumer Health Services on the venture.

    Drug store chain Rite Aid Corp., MedStar Health, a hospital and health care provider for the Mid-Atlantic region; and Consumer Health Services, Inc. (CHS), a manager of on-site physician-staffed health clinics, have teamed up to launch MedStar PromptCare walk-in health clinics inside select Rite Aid stores.

    The clinic sites will open this summer at four locations in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas, the partners said.

    "MedStar PromptCare clinics will provide our customers and community with accessible, high-quality medical care in a convenient setting," said Mark de Bruin, Rite Aid's e.v.p. of pharmacy services. "These in-store health clinics offer services that complement the medication counseling and care provided by our pharmacists. It's a great combination and clearly supports Rite Aid's focus on health and wellness."

    Under the agreement, MedStar Health will provide clinical oversight and ensure access to necessary follow-up specialty and acute medical services for the clinics. This partnership will provide patients with convenient, high-quality medical care, without an appointment, that is integrated with MedStar Health-affiliated physicians and hospitals.

    MedStar PromptCare clinics will be staffed by physicians to provide treatment for most commonly occurring ailments such as strep throat, flu, and urinary tract infections; minor injuries such as lacerations, sprains, and minor fractures, as well as health and wellness screenings and vaccinations.

    MedStar PromptCare physicians will be credentialed by and have admitting privileges to MedStar Health's hospitals, including Georgetown University Hospital and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., as well as Montgomery General Hospital in Montgomery County, Md., and Franklin Square Hospital Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Harbor Hospital, and Union Memorial Hospital, which are all located in Baltimore.

    The clinics are expected to have secure electronic access to MedStar Health's patient information system to ensure continuity of care.

    Clinic patients will be able to pay with cash, credit card or, for most major health insurance plans, their insurance co-pay.

    Rite Aid operates more than 5,000 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia, with fiscal 2008 annual sales of more than $24.3 billion.

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