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Take Care Health Systems Expands Treatment for Skin Conditions and Minor Injuries | Business Wire

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Take Care Health Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreens

(NYSE:WAG) (NASDAQ:WAG) and the largest and most comprehensive provider

of convenient care clinics and worksite health and wellness centers in

the country, is now offering a new set of procedures for skin conditions

and minor injury treatments.

As part of this expansion of services, Take Care Clinics now offer the

following procedures:

  • Wart removal with Cryotherapy

  • Skin tag removal

  • Closure of minor cuts with Dermabond®

  • Treatment of skin irritations (Contact Dermatitis)

  • Expanded scope of skin evaluation and treatment for skin infections,

    injuries and rashes

Take Care Clinics provide access to high-quality, convenient and

affordable health care to meet the needs of patients and their families.

The addition of these new services is a result of feedback from

patients, Take Care Health Providers and recent research which

identified a desire for the treatment of these types of skin conditions

in the convenient care setting. According to the Department of Health

and Human Services, over 48 million skin examinations are conducted each

year, which result in 3.2 million viral wart procedures and 3.3 million

skin tag removals.

“Patients are very satisfied with the service and offerings at Take Care

Clinics, and we’ve found that they are looking for additional

high-quality, convenient and affordable treatment options in our care

setting,” said Peter Miller, Take Care Health Systems’ president and

CEO. “We will continue to evaluate and implement new services which meet

the needs of patients and can be offered with clinical excellence at

Take Care Clinics.”

Take Care Clinics are professional walk-in health care centers open

seven days a week, with extended evening and weekend hours. Clinics are

staffed by board certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants

who treat patients 18 months and older for common illnesses such as

strep throat, ear and sinus infections, pink eye and poison ivy, and are

able to write prescriptions when necessary. The clinics also offer

preventative services, such as camp, sport and back-to-school physicals;

men’s and women’s health evaluations and vaccinations including GARDASIL

(HPV), Menactra (Meningitis), the Shingles vaccine and others.

Take Care Health Systems encourages all patients to have a health care

home, a primary care provider they see for ongoing medical needs and

routine exams. If a patient’s condition falls outside the scope of

service at a Take Care Clinic, the patient is referred to an appropriate

site for care, such as a primary care provider or specialist.

“Take Care Health Systems employs exceptional health care professionals

who are educated and prepared to offer high-quality treatment for an

array of skin conditions,” said Sandra Ryan, RN, MSN, CPNP, FAANP and

chief nurse practitioner for Take Care Health Systems. “If a patient at

a Take Care Clinics is seeking treatment for a condition that falls

outside of our scope of service, our clinicians expertly advocate for

patients, making sure they get the right care, in the right place, at

the right time.

Take Care Health Systems currently manages 345 Take Care Clinics at

Walgreens drugstores in 35 markets across 19 states, including locations

in: Atlanta, Boulder-Longmont, Colo., Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland,

Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Green Bay, Wis., Houston,

Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas,

Louisville, Madison, Wis., Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, Tenn.,

New Orleans, Orlando, Fla., Oshkosh, Wis., Peoria, Ill.,

Philadelphia-area, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Rockford, Ill., St. Louis,

Tampa, Fla., Topeka, Kan., Tucson, Ariz., West Palm Beach, Fla. and

Wichita, Kan.

About Take Care Health Systems

Take Care Health Systems (,

a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens and part of Walgreens Health and

Wellness division, is the largest and most comprehensive manager of

worksite health and wellness centers and convenient care clinics in the

country. TCHS is comprised of Take Care Consumer Solutions (

and Take Care Health Employer Solutions (

Take Care Consumer Solutions manages Take Care Clinics at select

Walgreens drugstores throughout the country. Patient care at each of the

Take Care Clinics is provided by Take Care Health Services, an

independently owned state professional corporation established in each

market. Take Care Health Employer Solutions manages primary care, health

and wellness, occupational health, pharmacy and fitness centers at large

employer campuses. Combined, Take Care Health Systems manages more than

700 worksite and retail health care centers.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (

is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2008 sales of $59

billion. The company operates 6,857 drugstores in 49 states, the

District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most

convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective

pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail

drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and

Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients

and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health

Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service

Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and

SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities).

Walgreens Health and Wellness division includes Take Care Health Systems.

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Walgreens Creates New Health and Wellness Division as Part of Strategic Move to Expand Health Care Access beyond Retail Sites | Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To provide patients with greater access to quality, affordable and

convenient health care near their homes and at work, Walgreen Co.

(NYSE:WAG) (NASDAQ:WAG) has created a new Walgreens Health and Wellness

division. The division will manage health centers and pharmacies at

large-company worksites, while continuing the rollout of Take Care

Health Clinics located at Walgreens drugstores nationwide.

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As part of the new division’s strategy,

Walgreens also announced plans to acquire two leading operators of

worksite health centers, I-trax, Inc. (AMEX: DMX) of Chadds Ford, Penn.,

parent company of CHD Meridian Healthcare, LLC, and privately held Whole

Health Management of Cleveland. Upon closing of the transactions,

Walgreens will have more than 500 worksite and retail health centers in

40 states, including its Take Care Health Clinics.

Walgreens estimates the current potential market for worksite health

centers and pharmacies includes more than 7,600 corporate campuses of

1,000 employees or more.

Walgreens will acquire I-trax in an approximately $278 million cash

transaction, including the assumption of about $18.3 million in net

debt. An affiliate of Walgreens will commence a tender offer within 10

business days for all outstanding common stock of I-trax at $5.40 per


Terms of Whole Health Management’s acquisition

by Walgreens weren’t disclosed. Both

acquisitions are expected to close within 60 days, subject to certain

regulatory approvals.

“These announcements mark an important

strategic initiative for us,” said Walgreens

Chairman and CEO Jeffrey A. Rein. “Walgreens

Health and Wellness division will marry our store clinics and pharmacies

with worksite health centers and pharmacies. Our unique offering will

allow large employers and health plans to provide care to employees and

plan members at their worksites, and to dependents and retirees through

our Take Care Health Clinics at local Walgreens drugstores. Over the

last 15 years we’ve become more convenient for

the customer with our ‘Main and Main’

drugstore locations. Today, we’re redefining ‘Main

and Main’ to include the worksite and bring

us that much closer to customers.

“The story here is growth, and as these two

companies increase their offerings, we can expand our complementary

services more quickly and to a larger market. I-trax and Whole Health

also will open the door for us to add worksite pharmacies where they

already operate health centers. This is a natural extension of the

existing worksite pharmacy services we currently provide for companies

such as Sprint, ABX Air and Toyota.

“In addition to providing cost-effective

primary and acute care, this new delivery system focuses on disease

prevention, identification and intervention. Quality, convenience,

affordability and choice will be the hallmarks of our Health and

Wellness division. It will address chronic diseases, which account for

about 75 percent of today’s health care

spending, in new ways that bring together a wide spectrum of health care

providers and blend the latest electronic medical records, or EMR,

technology with face-to-face care to improve outcomes. Our EMRs

encourage continuity of care and play a key part in connecting patients

to their medical home.”

Hal F. Rosenbluth, senior strategy consultant for health care at

Walgreens and co-founder and chairman of Take Care Health Systems, will

be president of the new division. Rosenbluth has 29 years of experience

in the business-to-business sector as founder of Rosenbluth

International (RI), a global travel management company. Through a series

of acquisitions, he built RI into a $3 billion business with 4,300

employees operating in 15 countries before selling the company to

American Express in 2003. The following year, he co-founded Take Care

Health Systems, which opened its first convenient care clinic in

November 2005 and was acquired by Walgreens in 2007.

I-trax, through its subsidiaries CHD Meridian Healthcare and ProFitness

Health Solutions, currently provides worksite health services, including

primary and acute care, wellness, pharmacy and disease management

services and health and fitness programming, for more than 160 employers

including BMW, Eastman Chemical, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New

Jersey, Lowe’s and Toyota. I-trax reported

$143 million in revenue in 2007.

Frank A. Martin, Chairman of I-trax, said, “This

merger will create even greater opportunities for employers to help

their employees better manage their health. With Walgreens growing

network of convenient care clinics, pharmacy services and our list of

nearly 300 sites, we will be able to offer improved access to

high-quality care and services to all of an employer’s

population – whether at the worksite or

through other convenient channels in the community.”

Whole Health Management was founded in 1981 and provides primary care,

urgent care, wellness programs, health coaching and occupational health

services through 69 worksite health centers for 27 clients. Whole Health

Management also will become part of Walgreens Health and Wellness


“The entire team at Whole Health is excited

about this merger and the opportunities it provides,”

said James Hummer, founder, President and CEO of Whole Health

Management. “The combination of talent,

resources and services in this partnership will transform the health

care industry. It will allow us to offer greatly enhanced access to

care, a broad scope of health and wellness services and a highly

integrated technology platform, all while maintaining and assuring the

highest quality of care.”

Whole Health currently provides services for Continental Airlines,

Florida Power and Light, Harrah’s

Entertainment, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Sprint, among others.

Rein added, “These acquisitions will allow us

to become a close advisor to employers and health plans to lower their

costs while being more responsive to patients. Our transparent model

means employers and health plans will have greater visibility into their

health costs, resulting in better decisions and lower expenditures.

Accordingly, we believe payors will increasingly direct their plan

members to all of our health care offerings.”

Completion of the I-trax transaction is subject to acceptance of the

tender offer by holders of a majority of I-trax’s

outstanding shares, regulatory approval (including under the

Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act) and other customary

conditions. The definitive agreement was unanimously approved by I-trax’s

board of directors, and I-trax’s board

recommends the company’s shareholders tender

their shares in the tender offer.

Completion of the Whole Health transaction is also subject to regulatory

approval and other customary conditions.

Peter J. Solomon Co. acted as financial advisor to Walgreens in both

transactions. Bryant Park Capital acted as financial advisor to I-trax,

while Triple Tree, LLC acted as financial advisor to Whole Health


Walgreens will host a conference call/webcast today, March 17, at 8:30

a.m. eastern time, during which Walgreens executive management will

discuss today’s announcements. Speaking on

behalf of Walgreens will be Chairman and CEO Jeffrey A. Rein, President

Greg Wasson, Walgreens Health and Wellness President Hal Rosenbluth and

CFO Bill Rudolphsen. The conference call will be simulcast through

Walgreens investor relations Web site at

A replay of the conference call will be archived on the Web site for 12

months after the call.

The replay also will be available from 11:30 a.m. eastern time, March

17, through March 21. The replay can be accessed by calling 888-203-1112

within the U.S. and Canada, or 719-457-0820 outside the U.S. and Canada,

using replay code 5852854.

About Walgreens

Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore

chain with fiscal 2007 sales of $53.8 billion. The company operates

6,237 stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico. Walgreens is expanding its

patient-first health care services beyond traditional pharmacy through

Walgreens Health Services, its managed care division, and Take Care

Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary that manages 146 convenient

care clinics at Walgreens drugstores. Walgreens Health Services assists

pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through

Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager),

Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc. and Walgreens

Specialty Pharmacy LLC. More information about Walgreens is available at

About Take Care Health SystemsSM

Take Care Health Systems (,

one of the largest managers of convenient care clinics, is a

wholly-owned subsidiary of Walgreens. The Company combines best

practices in health care and the expertise and personal care of

providers to deliver access to high-quality, affordable, convenient

health care to all individuals. Take Care Health Clinics are located at

select Walgreens drugstores nationwide, where nurse practitioners and

physician assistants focus exclusively on the diagnosis and treatment of

common family illnesses, vaccinations, physicals and screenings. Take

Care Health Systems currently manages 146 Take Care Health Clinics in 15

cities throughout 13 states, with plans to have more than 400 clinics in

operation by the end of 2008. The Company maintains a detailed quality

assurance program including collaborating physician review to promote

quality care, patient safety and state scope of practice compliance.

Patient care is provided by Take Care Health Services, an independently

owned state professional corporation established in each market.

About I-trax

I-trax (AMEX: DMX) is a leading provider of integrated workplace health

and productivity management solutions. Serving more than 160 clients at

nearly 300 locations in the United States, I-trax offers on-site health,

fitness and wellness centers through its CHD Meridian Healthcare, LLC

and ProFitness Health Solutions, LLC subsidiaries that deliver primary

care, acute care corporate health, occupational health and pharmacy care

management services, as well as fitness and wellness programming and

integrated disease management programs. CHD Meridian is focused on

making the workplace safe, helping companies achieve employer of choice

status, and reducing costs while improving the quality of care received

and the productivity of the workforce. Managing employer-sponsored

health centers for over 40 years, some of CHD Meridian Healthcare’s

clients include: BMW, Coushatta Casino Resort, Deutsche Bank, Eastman

Chemical, Fieldale Farms, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey,

Lowe’s, Toyota and Unum. For more

information, visit

About Whole Health Management

Whole Health Management is a leading operator of on-site and near-site

employer sponsored clinics, health and wellness centers, and pharmacies

in the United States. Since 1981, Whole Health has provided

comprehensive and integrated occupational health, preventive care,

urgent and primary care, physical therapy, fitness programs, health risk

and disease management, health coaching and behavioral health counseling

to corporate employees and their families. Whole Health clinics deliver

significant savings to corporations through lower health care costs,

increased productivity, reduced employee sick time, and decreased

pharmacy costs. Whole Health currently serves more than 300,000

employees, and in many cases, spouses and dependents, at 69 sites,

including many large corporations and Fortune 500 companies. For more

information about Whole Health, visit

This news release may contain forward-looking statements that involve

risks and uncertainties (as such “forward-looking”

statements are defined under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation

Reform Act). The following factors, among others, could cause results to

differ materially from management expectations as projected in such

forward-looking statements: the ability to obtain governmental approvals

for the transaction on the proposed terms; the inability to satisfy

other conditions to the completion of the transaction; the risk that the

businesses will not be integrated successfully; the risk that the cost

savings and any other synergies from the transaction may not be fully

realized or may take longer to realize than expected; disruption from

the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with

customers, employees or suppliers; social and political conditions such

as war, political unrest and terrorism or natural disasters; and general

economic conditions and normal business uncertainty and competition and

its effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues.

These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this

press release, and no undertaking has been made to update or revise them

if there are changes in expectations or if any events, conditions or

circumstances on which any such forward-looking statement is based.

Investors are referred and encouraged to read the “Cautionary

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in

Walgreens most recent Form 10-K, as amended, as well as the “Forward-Looking

Statements” section of I-trax’s

Form 10-K, each of which is incorporated into this news release by


Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the tender offer, Walgreens intends to file a

tender offer statement on Schedule TO and related materials with the

Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”),

and I-trax will file a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule

14D-9 with the SEC. Investors and security holders are strongly advised

to read these documents when they become available because they will

contain important information about the tender offer and the proposed

merger. Free copies of materials, which will be filed by Walgreens and

I-trax, will be available at the SEC’s Web

site at, or with respect to

Walgreens materials, at,

and also will be available, without charge, by directing requests to

Walgreens, and with respect to I-trax materials, at,

and will also be available, without charge, by directing requests to


Important information

This document is for informational purposes only and is not an offer

to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The

solicitation and the offer to buy shares of I-trax’s

common stock will only be made pursuant to an offer to purchase and

related materials that Walgreens intends to file with the Securities and

Exchange Commission. I-trax will file a solicitation/recommendation

statement with respect to the offer. Once filed, I-trax stockholders

should read these materials carefully prior to making any decisions with

respect to the offer because they contain important information,

including the terms and conditions of the offer. Once filed, I-trax

stockholders will be able to obtain the offer to purchase, the

solicitation/recommendation statement and related materials with respect

to the offer free of charge at the SEC’s Web

site at, from the

information agent named in the tender offer materials, from I-trax or

from Walgreens.

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