To make it easy for Central Texans to receive high-quality, affordable care, Ascension Seton and RediClinic, LLC, the leading operator of retail-based clinics in Central Texas, have formed a joint venture to expand the number of RediClinics operating in Austin-area H-E-B stores.
“We are very excited about our new partnership with Ascension Seton because it will enable us to expand our service in the Austin community,” said Web Golinkin, RediClinic’s chief executive officer. “This means at least doubling the number of clinics we operate in Austin, and collaborating with Ascension Seton to ensure continuity of care for RediClinic patients.”
The new partnership will increase access and reduce the cost of routine care. It will also ensure that patients are referred to a primary medical home when appropriate, and that they receive care from qualified specialists when necessary.
“You can’t beat the convenience of RediClinics in H-E-B stores for the treatment of minor illnesses and preventive care,” said family practitioner Dr. Greg Sheff, executive vice president of Clinical Systems at Ascension Seton. “As their partner, we can expand access to care and explore innovations in service delivery.”
Ascension Seton is collaborating with a variety of providers and payers to develop a clinically integrated network that lowers barriers to illness prevention and treatment. According to a 2013 PwC/HRI survey, 23 percent of consumers have sought treatment in a retail-based clinic, and 73 percent would go to a retail-based clinic again.
“With walk-in clinics growing in popularity, Ascension Seton wanted a partner who shares our emphasis on quality and understands the importance of integration with medical experts,” said Jesús Garza, president and chief executive officer of Ascension Seton. “RediClinic is aligned with our strategy to connect a patient to the right care in the right place at the right time.”
RediClinic has operated clinics inside Austin-area H-E-B grocery stores since 2006. The six local clinics provide acute, episodic care for a broad range of common conditions, as well as preventive care that includes medical tests, immunizations, physical exams and a medically-supervised weight management program. They are open seven days a week, including extended weekday hours, and visits take about 15 minutes. Most insurance plans are accepted, and both co-pays and cash prices are usually lower than those for comparable services at urgent care clinics and emergency rooms.
RediClinic has given consumers easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare since 1989. The company currently operates 30 clinics inside H-E-B grocery stores in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas, and has successfully treated more than 1.4 million patients since opening its first in-store clinic in 2005. In addition to treating common medical conditions and providing preventive care, the company’s acclaimed Weigh Forward® weight/lifestyle management program is offered in the company’s clinics and licensed to other providers. RediClinic is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rite Aid Corporation. For more information about clinic locations, hours of operation, services and prices, visit www.rediclinic.com.