RediClinic has formed a joint venture with central Texas health system Seton Healthcare Family to expand the number of RediClinics operating in Austin-area H-E-B stores.

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RediClinic plans more clinics in Austin area

April 15th, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – RediClinic has formed a joint venture with central Texas health system Seton Healthcare Family to expand the number of RediClinics operating in Austin-area H-E-B stores.

RediClinic said Tuesday that it currently operates six clinics in Austin-area H-E-B supermarkets.

"We are very excited about our new partnership with Seton because it will enable us to expand our service in the Austin community," Web Golinkin, RediClinic's chief executive officer, said in a statement. "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 RediClinics provide care for a 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 the company noted that co-pays and cash prices are usually lower than those for comparable services at urgent care clinics and emergency rooms.

According to RediClinic and Seton, the 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," stated 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."

In central Texas, Seton operates more than 90 clinical locations, including four medical centers, a pediatric medical center, two community hospitals, three rural hospitals, an inpatient mental health hospital, three primary care clinics for the uninsured and several other health facilities.  

Seton said it's 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% of consumers have sought treatment in a retail-based clinic, and 73% 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," commented Jesús Garza, president and CEO of Seton. "RediClinic is aligned with our strategy to connect a patient to the right care in the right place at the right time."

Overall, RediClinic operates 30 clinics inside H-E-B stores in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Last week, Rite Aid Corp., the nation's third-largest drug chain, announced that it has acquired RediClinic and plans to add RediClinics in Rite Aid stores. In a conference call last Thursday to report Rite Aid's fiscal 2014 results, chief financial officer Frank Vitrano said the drug chain anticipates opening another 70 RediClinics over the next 18 to 24 months.