MultiCare Health Systems announced Wednesday it will open eleven new clinics in partnership with a national drug store chain, a move that expands the Tacoma-based health system’s reach into Snohomish County.
MultiCare and Rite Aid, based in Pennsylvania, will operate the “RediClinics” inside pharmacies around the North Puget Sound region. MultiCare has one such clinic now, at a Rite Aid in Lakewood, and this joint venture expands that effort.
The Lakewood clinic is tucked inside the Rite Aid near the pharmacy, and has two private exam rooms. For the new clinics, Rite Aid and MultiCare are both contributing to the capital costs, MultiCare spokeswoman Marce Edwards said in an email. Further details of the joint partnership are considered proprietary, she said.
MultiCare’s expansion was announced Wednesday at an event in Bellevue, according to a news release. The health system, Pierce County’s largest private employer, also rolled out a digital doctor appointment service in late April. MultiCare’s local competitor, CHI Franciscan Health, has been doing virtual doctor visits for more than a year.
The new clinics will be staffed by two MultiCare nurse practitioners each, with a medical director who oversees all the clinics. They will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices for clinic services can be found at rediclinic.com, and the clinics will accept insurance.
The new MultiCare-operated clinics can be found at Rite Aids in Arlington, Bellevue, Mill Creek, Kenmore, Mercer Island, Monroe, Mukilteo, Sammamish, Shoreline and Woodinville. Several have already opened, with the rest planned to open in the next few weeks.
Rite Aid operates 64 additional clinics in Baltimore/Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Houston, Austin and San Antonio.