Hy-Vee Inc. has become a joint owner of Exemplar Care medical clinics, which will be renamed Hy-Vee Health Exemplar Care and offer direct primary care and 24/7 urgent care where available in West Des Moines, Ankeny and soon Bondurant, Iowa.
The clinics will be managed by Hy-Vee Chief Medical Officer Daniel Fick and Exemplar Care’s leadership team, including founder Jon Van Der Veer.
Through Hy-Vee Health Exemplar Care, employer groups can provide workers access to unlimited primary and urgent care through memberships for a fixed monthly fee or layer the membership with a major medical health plan. Memberships are also available to people outside of an employer-funded plan.
“We are proud to partner with Exemplar Care to provide a new way of delivering health care to patients and employer groups,” said Aaron Wiese, president of Hy-Vee.
“By combining Exemplar Care’s expertise with Hy-Vee’s extensive background in pharmacy and infusion care, we will not only be able to reduce the cost of health care for patients and employers but, more importantly, improve the health of our patients through personalized patient care, increased access to care and transparent pricing.”
Hy-Vee, which has operated in the healthcare industry for more than 50 years, has more than 275 retail pharmacies across eight Midwestern states, as well as Amber Specialty Pharmacy, a national specialty pharmacy provider.
In 2020, Hy-Vee formed its own pharmacy benefit manager, Vivid Clear Rx, to combat rising drug prices by bringing more transparency to the industry.
Hy-Vee also has entered the medical space in recent years, launching a telehealth and online pharmacy provider called RedBox Rx that specializes in mental health, men’s health, women’s health and more.
The retailer has invested in the wellness industry, employing a team of registered dietitians who offer nutritional services virtually and in person. Using its fleet of mobile health units, they also provide health and wellness services in communities and workplaces.
In addition, Hy-Vee operates Hy-Vee KidsFit, a free educational children’s program that promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyle habits.
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