Seton Healthcare and RediClinic Partner to Expand Health Care Convenience and Affordability for Austin-Area Residents
AUSTIN, Texas (April 14, 2014) – To make it easy for Central Texans to receive high-quality, affordable care, Seton Healthcare Family 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 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 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 Seton. “As their partner, we can expand access to care and explore innovations in service delivery.”
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, Seton wanted a partner who shares our emphasis on quality and understands the importance of integration with medical experts,” Jesús Garza, president and chief executive officer of 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 and physical exams. 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. RediClinic treats more than 30 common medical conditions and provides a broad range of preventive care.
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.
About Seton Healthcare Family
The Seton Healthcare Family, a faith-based non-profit organization founded in 1902 by the Daughters of Charity, is the leading provider of comprehensive, advanced health care and services in Central Texas. Seton operates more than 90 clinical locations including four medical centers, a world class pediatric medical center, two community hospitals, three rural hospitals, an inpatient mental health hospital, three primary care clinics for the uninsured and several strategically located health facilities. The system offers the region’s only Level I Trauma Centers for adult and pediatric patients, and first heart transplant program. Seton’s insurance division works with commercial insurance companies, community physicians and Medicaid and Medical Access programs for low-income persons, to assist in the management of the region’s overall health. Seton is home to The University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center’s Austin medical residency programs, as well as the Seton/UTSW Clinical Research Institute. The organization’s role in education, research and spiritual programming furthers Seton’s mission to improve the health of the communities it serves, with special concern for the poor and the vulnerable, as it prepares the region’s next generation of clinicians. In Fiscal Year 2012, Seton provided almost $400 million in charity care. Generous donors and a culture of giving nurtured by trustees, volunteers and staff help Seton further the Daughters of Charity health care ministry. Seton is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health network. For more information, please visit www.seton.net.For Media Information: Jeff Thompson 713.335.1728 email@example.com