RediClinic, an operator of retail clinics, and Hackensack Meridian Health, a health network based in New Jersey, announced the formation of a joint venture to open convenient care clinics inside select Rite Aid pharmacies in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey.
The first of 10 clinics, which will be cobranded as Hackensack Meridian Health RediClinics, are expected to begin opening later this year, according to a press release from RediClinic.
“It has always been a core part of RediClinic’s strategy to partner with leading health care systems, and we are excited to be continuing this strategy with one of the leading providers in New Jersey,” said Web Golinkin, RediClinic CEO. “The joint venture structure will facilitate and accelerate a high level of clinical integration with other Hackensack Meridian providers and facilities, which will maximize the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of care for New Jersey residents.”
The Hackensack Meridian Health RediClinics will be staffed with nurse practitioners who will be licensed to diagnose, treat, and, when appropriate, prescribe medications for common medical conditions. The nurse practitioners, who will be employees of Hackensack Meridian, also will administer a broad range of preventive services, including health screenings, medical tests, immunizations, and basic physical exams, including back-to-school and sports physicals. RediClinic’s Weigh Forward© weight/lifestyle management program will also be available.
The nurse practitioners will be overseen by local medical directors who are affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Health. The clinics will be open seven days a week, including extended weekday hours. No appointments will be necessary, but online appointments will be available.
“We are excited to be partnering with RediClinic, one of the pioneers in convenient care, as we continue to find more ways for people to access high-quality care when and where they need it at affordable rates,” said Dean Lin, regional president for Hackensack Meridian Health and the Network’s executive sponsor of convenient care. “Working with our broad network of primary care physicians, we want to continue to connect people to convenient services.”
The clinics will join nine urgent care centers and four AfterHours walk-in care centers currently operating throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties in partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health as convenient and cost-effective alternatives to going to an emergency room.