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Construction Industry & Laborers Health & Welfare Plan to Open Dedicated Health Care Center.

--Health Center for eligible Southern Nevada Laborers Local 872 Participants and Beneficiaries--

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas based Laborers Local 872 Health Plan, a Taft-Hartley-Trust Fund, announced the upcoming opening of its health clinic located at 3061 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 101. The health clinic is dedicated to providing quality health care for Southern Nevada Laborers Local 872 eligible participants. The Laborers Local 872 is the second largest construction industry local in the State of Nevada, with 6,000 members and a total of 18,000 participants covered by the health plan.

With the cost of providing affordable, quality health care to participants becoming more difficult, Tommy White, Chairman of the Laborer's Health Fund, and Business Manager Secretary Treasurer of the Labors Union Local No. 872, together with other labor and management Health Fund trustees, embarked on putting this new and innovative health care delivery system into place within one year of the commencement of the project.

"We have met our goal," said Mr. White. The new health center, expected to open on January 19, 2009, will be available to treat approximately 11,000 eligible participants from that day forward, with no out-of-pocket costs to those using the clinic. The Trust organization will hold an Open House celebration on January 16, 2009, to officially present the center to local dignitaries, officials, and the media.

"We are excited to bring health and wellness services to our participants and partner with Take Care Health Systems to deliver this new and innovative model of health care," said Mr. White. "At a time when it has become more difficult than ever for individuals and their families to afford to stay healthy, we are proud to be the first organization of our kind to offer a dedicated health care facility as a cost-effective choice for our Southern Nevada's Laborer's Local 872 members and their families. We are confident in Take Care Health's approach to quality health care and their ability to deliver top quality care to our participants and beneficiaries."

The clinic will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Staffed with two full time physicians, a nurse practitioner, two registered nurses and a medical assistant, the clinic will focus on preventative care, such as diabetes screening, childhood vaccinations and developmental exams. The clinic will also offer a pre-packaged pharmacy that will provide the first month of some medications at no cost to participants.

Take Care Health Systems, the largest and most comprehensive provider of worksite health and wellness and convenient care clinics, is part of Walgreens Health and Wellness division. The company operates more than 680 employer on-site and retail health centers across the country, increasingly seen by corporations and consumers as a convenient, accessible and cost-effective vehicle for the delivery of high-quality health care.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Laborers Health and Welfare Fund in their efforts to deliver high quality health care at manageable costs," said Peter Hotz, Walgreens divisional vice president and president of Take Care Health Employer Solutions. "We are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to work with such a unique organization, and have the opportunity to truly raise the bar in regards to how unions address their member's health needs."

About Take Care Health Systems

Take Care Health Systems (www.takecarehealthsystem.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG) and part of Walgreens Health and Wellness division, is the largest and most comprehensive provider of worksite health and wellness centers and convenient care clinics in the country. TCHS is comprised of Take Care Consumer Solutions (www.takecarehealth.com) and Take Care Health Employer Solutions (www.takecareemployersolutions.com). 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 operates more than 680 worksite and retail health care centers.
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