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Select Silver Cross Physicians Announce Clinical Collaboration Agreement with Walgreens

Physician offices to coordinate patient care with designated Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens

New Lenox, IL (May 21, 2014) – Select Silver Cross physicians today announced a clinical collaboration agreement with Walgreens that will provide coordinated and expanded health care services, while improving access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care for patients in Will and Southwestern Cook Counties.  

Physicians from Manhattan Medical Center, Physicians of Essington, Primary Care Professionals and Sanitas Medical Group will work with Healthcare
at select Walgreens to handle serious conditions outside of the clinics’ scope of practice. While Walgreens and Healthcare Clinic strongly encourage all patients to have a designated primary care physician and medical home for ongoing needs, the collaboration will provide patients access to quality care seven days a week. The collaboration will include direct communication between Silver Cross physicians and Healthcare Clinic nurse practitioners to facilitate care coordination and sharing of patient information. Participating physicians include Latha Arla-Polavarapu, D.O.; Vlad Badescu, M.D.; Joseph
Hindo, M.D.; Jinsup Kim, M.D.; Douglas Lee, M.D.; Jose Penaherrera, M.D.; Anada Pillai, M.D.; Daniel Ramirez, M.D.; Priya Shasti, M.D.; and Ramaraja Yalavarthi, M.D. 

“This collaboration extends quality care in our communities to provide greater access for patients and more coordinated care,” said Ruth Colby, Senior Vice President of Business Development/Chief Strategy Officer at Silver Cross Hospital 

With the Affordable Care Act bringing millions of new patients into the healthcare system, the relationship aims to help address some of the needs and challenges facing both patients and healthcare providers. 

“With the healthcare system today facing a myriad of challenges, Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens can play an important role in enhancing patient access to quality, convenient and affordable care,” said Alan E. London, vice president, Strategic Clinical Partnerships, Walgreens.  “Working with these physicians at Silver Cross Hospital offers an ideal opportunity to further coordinate patient care in Will and Cook Counties.  We look forward to working together to help patients in these communities get, stay and live well.” 

Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens-area locations partnering with Silver Cross include:

  • Bolingbrook—101 Lily Cache Lane
  • Joliet –1801 Ingalls Ave.        
  • Lockport—16750 W. 159th St.
  • Mokena—20002 S. Wolf Rd.
  • Orland Park—14680 S. LaGrange Rd.
  • Plainfield—4822 Caton Farm Rd.
  • Plainfield—24801 W. 135th St.
  • Romeoville—498 N. Weber Rd. 

Silver Cross physicians partnering with Walgreens include:

Manhattan Medical Center

15505 127th St. Lemont
540 W North St, Suite 207, Manhattan

  • Vlad Badescu, M.D., Internal Medicine 

Physicians of Essington

1051 Essington Rd., Suite 100, Joliet

  • Joseph Hindo, M.D., Internal Medicine
  • Anandavally Pillai, M.D., Family Practice 

Primary Care Physicians

1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 370, New Lenox

  • Jinsup Kim, M.D., Internal Medicine
  • Thomas Lee, M.D., Family Practice
  • Priya Shastri, M.D., Family Practice
  • Ramaraja Yalavarthi, M.D., Internal Medicine & Geriatrics 

Sanitas Medical Group

1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 265, New Lenox

1051 Essington Rd., Suite 230B, Joliet

  • Latha Arla-Polavarapu, D.O., Internal Medicine
  • Jose Penaherrea, M.D., Internal Medicine
  • Daniel Ramirez, M.D., Internal Medicine 

About Silver Cross

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a new 289-bed acute care hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox and 5 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. In 2013, Silver Cross provided over $48 million in charity care and other community benefits. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services. 

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8, 209 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers, provider practices, and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 750 locations throughout the country.






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