CINCINNATI, November 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., and University of Cincinnati The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care. The Center is staffed by pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners and dieticians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experience for students studying in these disciplines and prepares them to practice in a virtual environment. Affiliated faculty from the College of Pharmacy intend to study the impact of health interventions delivered both at the Center and at nearly 2,300 Kroger Family of Pharmacy locations.
Since its inception, the professionals and students who practice at the Center have served patients from 17 states and conducted more than 35,000 telehealth encounters with patients focused on prescription refill program enrollment and medication adherence. Registered dietitians have performed nearly 2,400 telehealth visits and nurse practitioners have conducted more than 16,000 telehealth appointments in the space.
“We are excited about the continued collaboration between Kroger Health and the UC College of Pharmacy,” said Colleen Lindholtz, president of Kroger Health. “The center is a testament to Kroger Health’s ongoing commitment to providing future healthcare leaders with the expertise and hands-on educational experiences they need to succeed.” The center models a community pharmacy that offers value-based care where patient outcomes are improved and health care delivery costs are reduced.”
Nearly 300 students are enrolled in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program and have access to the expansive 4,000-square-foot space that helps further the college’s mission to develop progressive pharmacists and researchers to lead the evolution of healthcare. Features a studio, interactive lab and collaborative spaces for UCLA faculty and pharmacy students to care for patients side-by-side with Kroger Health staff.
“As the number of prescriptions dispensed across America continues to increase and as more health care services are needed, it is increasingly important that College of Pharmacy students have skills in developing individualized patient care plans,” said Christopher Surratt, PhD, dean of the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. “The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care ensures that our students collaborate with trusted healthcare professionals to create personalized pharmacotherapies for patients. We celebrate how Kroger Health’s support has helped us create a state-of-the-art medication therapy management facility.”
To learn more about Kroger Health, please visit: www.kroger.com/health. To learn more about University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, please visit: pharmacy.uc.edu.
About Kroger Health:
Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., is one of America’s leading retail healthcare organizations, with more than 2,200 pharmacies and 225 clinics in 35 states serving more than 14 million customers. Our team of 24,000 healthcare professionals – from pharmacists and nurses to nutritionists and technicians – are committed to helping people live healthier lives. We believe in practicing at the top of our licenses and enable “food as medicine” to help prevent illness before it starts. Learn more at www.krogerhealth.com.
For University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy
The University of Cincinnati The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy empowers students to become leaders in pharmacy through collaborative research opportunities and real-world experiences. Our mission is to develop progressive pharmacists and researchers to lead the evolution of healthcare.
SOURCE The Kroger Co.