Saint Alphonsus Team Up with local store to promote healthy communities

BAKER COUNTY – (Release by Saint AlphonsusSaint Alphonsus Health System is teaming up with Albertsons to encourage Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon residents to take “Steps to Stay Healthy” and get their flu vaccines and schedule wellness visits with their primary care provider. 

The upcoming flu season, in combination with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, can magnify the impacts respiratory diseases have on individuals.  Widespread flu on top of the COVID-19 pandemic may result in high demand for health care services – especially those who develop severe illness from either or both viruses.  Both Albertsons and Saint Alphonsus want to make getting flu vaccines convenient and are offering multiple options for vaccinations.

“By combining the strength of these two community institutions, with more than 206 years of service to the communities of Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon, we’re able to make flu shots available to anyone who wants one,” said Odette Bolano, President and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System.  “This year, it is particularly important to get a flu shot as early as possible as a preventative measure due to the similarities in symptoms with COVID-19.  Contracting both the flu and COVID-19 may present greater health risks for individuals. Both Albertsons and Saint Alphonsus are encouraging adults and children to get their vaccines to protect themselves against the seasonal flu, and we’re making it convenient to take steps to stay healthy!”

“Albertsons and Saint Alphonsus want to ensure our community has access to the resources they need for themselves and their family to stay healthy,” said John Colgrove, Division President for Albertsons Companies Intermountain Division. “We offer convenient ways for our shoppers to get their flu shot either at our in-store pharmacies or drive-thru clinics.” 


Saint Alphonsus is offering drive-up flu clinics at locations in Boise, Meridian and Nampa, with appointments available online at www.saintalphonsus.org.  Primary Care Clinics throughout the Saint Alphonsus Medical Group network, from Boise to Baker City, OR, also are scheduling flu shots for their patients.  If you don’t have a primary care provider, visit www.saintalphonsus.org to find the SAMG clinic near you.

All Albertsons pharmacies are providing flu shots without appointments.  Certain locations also offer a drive-thru flu shot clinic for those who are unable or choose not to visit the pharmacy inside the store. Drive-thru clinics can be found at the following locations on select days from 10am to 2pm until October 16th: Tuesdays at 2400 12th Avenue in Nampa, Thursdays at 250 S. Eagle Rd. in Eagle, and Fridays at 909 E. Parkcenter Blvd in Boise. Visit www.albertson.com/pharmacy for more information. 

About Saint Alphonsus Health System

As a faith-based Catholic ministry and not-for-profit health system, Saint Alphonsus Health System reinvests in the communities we serve, through charity care and other benefits. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of people by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, physician-led, innovative and community-based.  Saint Alphonsus Health System serves the people of southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada through these facilities: Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center – Boise, ID; Saint Alphonsus Regional Rehabilitation Hospital – Boise, ID, a joint venture with Encompass Health; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa, ID; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario, OR; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City, OR; and Saint Alphonsus Medical Group with primary and specialty care providers at over 70 clinic locations, all of which are members of the Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance, a network of over 2100 employed and independent providers.  Saint Alphonsus is a proud member of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.  Trinity Health serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 94 hospitals and 122 continuing care facilities, home health and hospice programs, and PACE center locations.  To find out more go to:  www.saintalphonsus.org

About Albertsons Companies Intermountain DivisionThe Intermountain Division is a division of Albertsons Companies with Albertsons, Safeway and Lucky stores in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, and North Dakota. Locally great and nationally strong, Albertsons Companies (NYSE: ACI) is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, operating stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners. Albertsons Cos. is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2018 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the Company gave over $262 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach