ShopRite will begin providing retail services to patients and community members at its pharmacy location inside a medical facility, a first for the retailer.
The pharmacy, at Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown, Penn., has a planned June 1 opening.
In addition to filling prescriptions, the pharmacy will also offer over the counter medications. Patients treated in the medical office next to the hospital can have their prescriptions filled before they leave the hospital grounds.
ShopRite also is considering an option that will allow patients to have their prescriptions delivered to their hospital room.
"We will explore new ways of delivering service, such as bringing medications to a patient's bedside before discharge from the hospital or Emergency Department so the patient can return home without a detour to a pharmacy," said Joe Cowhey, president of the Cowhey Family Supermarket which owns the ShopRite in Warminster, Penn.
The full-service pharmacy will be open seven days a week starting in June.
Retail pharmacies have been expanding their offerings in recent years to meet the growing healthcare needs of customers. Last week, Rite Aid acquired RediClinic, a retail clinic operator with 30 retail health clinics in or next to grocery stores in Texas. The deal will help Rite Aid offer more healthcare products and services. Rite Aid also announced the expansion of its health coaching program for people with chronic ailments through an acquisition of Boston-based Health Dialog Services, a health adviser and care analytics provider.
ShopRite is a chain of grocery stores in the northeastern United States consisting of 48 individually owned-and-operated affiliates with 250 stores. All ShopRite stores operate under its corporate and distribution arm Wakefern Food Corporation.
-See this ShopRite press release
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