Advocate Health System selected the Walgreens in McHenry to spotlight its take over of the drug store chain’s health clinics.
Advocate, of course, operates Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.
52% of Good Shepherd’s patients come from McHenry County.
Advocate also recently acquired Sherman Hospital just south of the Tollway in Kane County.
I decided to see if other local Walgreens had the Advocate brand.
When I went to the Route 14 Walgreens, however, Advocate’s name was on the front doors.
Both on the way in and on the way out.
Way in the back is an Advocate Clinic.
One reason for the Advocate Clinics, one would imagine, is to funnel patients to Advocate physicians and hospitals.
Across the street Walgreens’ main competitor is building its second Crystal Lake drug store.
The first is on the south side of Crystal Lake where Randall Road turns into Rakow Road.
Last year a doctor’s office within sight of the Centegra Hospital in McHenry switched allegiance to Advocate’s Physician Group.
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A commenter extends our theme of Advocate’s aiming at Centegra’s market with its Walgreen clinics.
One of the Walgreens in Huntley had a grand opening yesterday at 10 AM.
It’s Sherman Hospital will be competing with Centegra’s soon-to-opened Huntley Hospital.
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In the interest of full disclosure, my wife works for a subsidiary of Advocate.