Ideal Option, a national medication-assisted treatment provider organization, partnered with Safeway, a large grocery retailer, to provide addiction treatment services inside a Safeway wellness center in Vancouver, Washington. Safeway is the first national retailer to complement its in-store pharmacy services with addiction treatment.
The Ideal Option clinic is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and is located next to the pharmacy, inside the Safeway Wellness Center. Ideal Option has no waitlists and accepts all forms of insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare.
“We have so much respect for Safeway’s courage and vision for making treatment for substance use disorder as broadly available as any other medical service,” said Tim Kilgallon, chief executive officer for Ideal Option. “It’s past time for society to accept substance use disorder as a chronic condition, just like diabetes, and refrain from judging those who are afflicted with it. In welcoming Ideal Option into their stores, Safeway is helping to shape the future of recovery from this disorder and in doing so, will save countless lives.”
“Our partnership with Ideal Option represents Safeway’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of every community in which we operate,” said Stephen Certo, director of pharmacy for Oregon and Southern Washington at Safeway. “This is a natural extension of the robust wellness offerings found throughout our stores. We’re excited to offer our customers access to medication-assisted treatment and welcome all those who need help with open arms.”
Safeway is part of Albertsons Companies, a large food and drug retailer in the United States. The company operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, and Carrs
Headquartered in Kennewick, Washington, Ideal Option was founded in 2012 and has since helped nearly 45,000 consumers through a network of 67 office-based medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinics across 10 states. With a mission to serve under-served communities, Ideal Option accepts all forms of insurance including Medicaid and Medicare and financial assistance and payment plans are available. Ideal Option’s team of medical professionals carry certifications in Addiction and Emergency Medicine, Internal, OB/GYN, and Family Medicine, among other specialties. The company also employs social workers, caseworkers, counselors, and mental health professionals.
This was reported by Ideal Option on June 1, 2021.
Contact information: Olivia Easly, Senior Marketing Manager, Ideal Option, 8508 W Gage Blvd, Ste. #A101 Kennewick, WA 99336; 919-946-6644; Website: https://www.idealoption.com/