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The partnership that GIM has fostered between Walgreens and Johns Hopkins Medicine over the past two years, spearheaded by the late Dr. Frederick Brancati, has culminated in the opening of a new Walgreens store adjacent to the East Baltimore medical campus on Friday, Nov. 22nd. As a "Well Experience" store, the Eager Park Walgreens at 900 N. Washington St. is designed to bring health and wellness programs and services into the East Baltimore community in innovative ways. Community-based store health care personnel, including pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and pharmacist technicians will work with Johns Hopkins Medicine to develop novel ways to improve healthcare delivery
As noted by Congressman Elijah Cummings, the opening of this store is significant in that Walgreens has decided to bring its first Well Experience store in Maryland into a community that has absolutely lacked this type of investment in past decades. Notably, as a testament to the collaboration between Hopkins and Walgreens, this is the first Walgreens store to exclude tobacco products from its inventory.
GIM Director Dr. Jeanne Clark attended the opening ceremonies (see photo below) on Friday, Nov. 22nd, which included a ribbon-cutting by Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young; Walgreens CFO Wade Miquwlon and Head of Pharmacy Kermit Crawford; and Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels and Dean and CEO of Hopkins Medicine Paul Rothman. Dr. Clark sees the new store’s healthcare delivery model as increasing the medical school’s potential “to advance population health in the community and across the country” through collaboration with the retail giant.
Dr. Brancati, former Chief of GIM, and Dr. Clark and were instrumental in realizing the new project. GIM’s Dr. Rosalyn Stewart and Dr. Vinayak Kottoor will serve as the collaborating physicians for the Healthcare clinics within the new store.
Baltimore television station WMAR-TV (Channel 2) covered the news, which was also reported in multiple national business periodicals including the Wall Street Journal. Follow the links to see the reports from these media outlets.