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Walgreens opens blood testing clinic in two Phoenix stores

PHOENIX -- Getting a blood test can now mean heading to the drug store instead of the doctor's office.

When you come to the Walgreens at 64th Street and Greenway Road in north Phoenix, you can now get a test that's less invasive and more affordable.

"Instead of doing a phlebotomy for vials and vials of blood, we make it possible to do a test from a tiny droplet from a finger," said Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and president of a company called Theranos.

The company is offering its services in three Walgreens' locations around the country, with two of them right here in the Valley. It's also offered at a store near Central Road and Thomas Avenue. A third store is in Palo Alto, Calif.

Holmes said her company's tests can cost up to five times less than having your blood drawn at the doctor, with faster results.

"The system that we've set up allows for results to be generated very quickly, so the physician can get data back much faster than previously possible," Holmes said.

Holmes also noted that the service is intended to be convenient.

"We're making it possible for people to begin to get access to these services late at night, on a weekend, or early in the morning, so that they don't have to leave work," said Holmes.

The plan is to eventually make the service available to every Walgreens throughout the nation.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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