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    Lab Testing Coming to Walgreens

    A collaboration between the pharmacy and LabCorp will provide specimen collection services.

    Walgreens and LabCorp announced a new partnership that will bring LabCorp testing services to seven Walgreens stores in 2017.

    The patient service centers will be co-branded, “LabCorp at Walgreens,” and will feature specimen collection services near the pharmacy area. In 2017, Walgreens will see five patient service centers in Denver and one in Morrisville, NC open later this summer and one in Deerfield, IL will open up later this year.

    The collaboration reportedly comes as part of the objective of both organizations to provide patients with a broader range of health services. The specimens collected at Walgreens locations will be performed at LabCorp’s network of laboratories.

    “This agreement brings together Walgreens trusted pharmacy and community health care services with LabCorp’s long-standing reputation for innovation and quality in diagnostic laboratory testing,” said Alex Gourlay, Walgreens president and co-chief operating officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. “We look forward to bringing affordable and accessible health care to the communities we serve.”

    They have had similar experience in retail locations in the past—in 2007 they established in patient service centers in Duane Reed stores, no longer in existence, but currently have three long-standing patient service centers in Florida Walmarts. In total, LabCorp has 1,750 existing patient service centers across the country. Those patient centers offer over 4,800 tests, covering areas including women’s health, genomics, oncology and companion diagnostics.

    “I cannot imagine a better partner than Walgreens to bring LabCorp closer to consumers in locations where they are already accessing high-quality health care services,” said David P. King, LabCorp’s chairman and CEO. “The customer-centric culture and nationwide footprint of Walgreens are a perfect match for LabCorp and the patients we serve. This significant collaboration will enhance LabCorp’s patient engagement in key markets across the country and offer increased access to LabCorp’s broad range of laboratory services as we execute our mission to improve health and lives.”

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