NEW YORK, and WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 Duane Reade Holdings,Inc., the leading drugstore chain in metropolitan New York and Consumer HealthServices, Inc. ("CHS"), the premier manager of on-site physician centricconsumer healthcare, have announced a formal affiliation agreement withContinuum Health Partners, one of the major hospital and healthcare providersin the New York City area. This agreement allows the DR Walk-In Medical Caresites operated by the Endres Bowers Medical Group, PC to provide patients withintegrated medical care with Continuum affiliated New York City hospitals.Currently, CHS manages four DR Walk-In Medical Care sites within Manhattan-based Duane Reade stores, with plans under this new agreement to expandservices over the next several years.
Under the agreement, DR Walk-In Medical Care's current Manhattan locationswill be affiliated with Continuum's St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. DRWalk-in Medical Care's signage and promotional materials will be updated toreflect the new alliance. Physicians at affiliated locations will haveadmitting privileges at the St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center providingpatients with the opportunity to have greater access to specialists at some ofNew York City's top healthcare facilities. Additional walk-in sites inManhattan and Brooklyn are planned and will be affiliated with Beth IsraelMedical Center and Long Island College Hospital, also institutions in theContinuum network.
"The partnership with Continuum is an important milestone for CHS, DRWalk-In Medical Care sites and their rapidly growing base of patients," saidJames D'Orta, M.D., Chairman of Consumer Health Services. "This affiliationwill ensure that patients visiting the sites will be assured of immediatequality healthcare along with follow-up care with an established high qualityhealth system for all of their medical needs."
"Our affiliation will provide New Yorkers, particularly those challengedby access issues, with another option for quality healthcare, particularlythrough DR Walk-In Medical Care's dramatically expanded hours of physicianavailability," said Stanley Brezenoff, President and CEO of Continuum. "We aredelighted to be affiliating with CHS and the practices under their managementlocated at Duane Reade in order to bring Continuum's services to more NewYorkers and to ensure a smoother transition for referrals to specialties andhospitalization, if needed."
"We are pleased to be part of an initiative to provide New Yorkers withaccess to affordable, top quality and convenient healthcare, in addition toallowing DR Walk-In Medical Care patients a seamless transition to quality NewYork hospitals," said Jerry Ray, Senior Vice President of Pharmacy with DuaneReade. "We are committed to being a leading destination for health andwellness services in the New York metro market, and we look forward to workingwith CHS, DR Walk-In Medical Care and Continuum Health Partners to continue toenhance the availability of health and wellness services in the New York metromarket."
In May 2007, Duane Reade worked with CHS and Endres Bowers Medical Group,PC to launch DR Walk-in Medical Care. The physicians and other healthcareproviders practicing at these sites provide New Yorkers with convenient accessto high-quality, episodic-care services at affordable prices, with the uniqueoption to see on-site physicians on a walk-in basis for immediate examinationand treatment. DR Walk-In Medical Care offers New Yorkers routine physicalexams and basic treatment services for low-to-mildly acute illnesses and minorinjuries, as well as health screenings, medical tests and vaccinations, whereall commercial insurance is accepted.
About Duane Reade
Founded in 1960, Duane Reade is the largest drug store chain in themetropolitan New York City area, offering a wide variety of prescription andover-the-counter drugs, health and be