CHICAGO, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, the pioneer and largest
provider of retail-based health care in the United States, today opened
five new health care centers at CVS/pharmacy stores throughout the Chicago
MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by masters-prepared,
board- certified nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care
and are trained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common
family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and
bronchial infections. MinuteClinic also offers common vaccinations, such as
influenza, tetanus, MMR, and Hepatitis A & B.
MinuteClinic health care centers are open Monday through Friday from 8
a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
-- Highland Park, 1539 Clavey Rd.
-- Joliet, 3200 Caton Farm Rd.
-- Lockport, 16760 W. Division St.
-- Mokena, 11200 Lincoln Highway
-- Schaumburg, 1801 W. Golf Rd.
A sixth health care center will open in May at the CVS/pharmacy store
in Rolling Meadows at 2045 Plum Grove Rd.
MinuteClinic has health care centers in 20 states. In addition to
Chicago, health care centers are found in: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore,
Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Hartford, Indianapolis,
Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New
York City metropolitan area, Northern New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix,
Providence, Raleigh-Durham, Seattle, Southern Connecticut, South Florida,
and the Maryland suburbs of the Nation's Capital.
Because examinations typically take 10-15 minutes and no appointment is
necessary, MinuteClinic is an ideal solution for professionals and working
parents who cannot afford time away from the workplace.
"MinuteClinic health care centers are an answer to consumers'
overwhelming demand for more patient-centric health care," said Michael
Howe, chief executive officer for MinuteClinic. "As more patients look to
take control of their health care options, we provide a fast, convenient
and affordable service for common maladies that is available seven days a
MinuteClinic is working closely with the larger insurance carriers in
Illinois to be a participating provider in their networks. For patients who
are a member of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (PPO/POS and
indemnity plans), CBSA, Coventry National Network/First Health Direct PPO,
Great-West Healthcare, Humana and ppoNext, MinuteClinic will accept the
required health plan co-pay indicated on their insurance card as payment.
Additional insurers, including Aetna, BeechStreet, CIGNA HealthCare,
HFN, UHC and UniCare, will be added in the near future. Treatment prices
are posted outside each health care center. Most treatments cost $59.
"MinuteClinic offers customers convenient, high quality health care
services and is a natural extension of our mission to be the easiest
pharmacy retailer for customers to use," said Chris Bodine, executive vice
president of CVS/Caremark Corporation and president of CVS/Caremark Health
Services. "Along with its reputation for high quality health care,
MinuteClinic has proven its ability to work collaboratively with physicians
in the prompt diagnosis and treatment of patients."
To ensure quality and personal attention for patients, MinuteClinic
health care centers are staffed by board-certified practitioners with
college degrees and graduate-level training in family health care. Nurse
practitioners work in collaboration with physicians and may prescribe
medication when it is part of the treatment plan. Brian Kraus, nurse
practitioner and manager of operations, oversees MinuteClinic locations in
MinuteClinic nurse practitioners use a software program that at the
conclusion of each visit, generates educational material, an invoice and a
prescription (when clinically appropriate) for the patient, as well as a
diagnostic record that is automatically sent to the patient's primary care
provider's office. A collaborating physician (medical director) is on call
during all hours of operation.
"Every MinuteClinic patient assessment and treatment follows nationally
established clinical practice guidelines from the Institute for Clinical
Systems Improvement, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the
American Academy of Pediatrics that are embedded in our electronic medical
records system," said Dr. James Woodburn, M.D., chief medical officer for
Individuals with illnesses outside MinuteClinic's scope of services or
who exhibit signs of a chronic condition are referred to their physician
or, if critical, the nearest urgent care or emergency room. Patients who
can't be treated are not charged for their visit. MinuteClinic only serves
patients over the age of 18 months.
"Our services are a complement to primary care providers," Woodburn
explains, "and our nurse practitioners make it a point to stress the
importance of a regular medical exam with every patient they see. If the
individual doesn't have a medical home, we provide a list of physicians in
the area who are accepting new patients."
In Will County, Illinois, MinuteClinic has developed a strategic
alliance with Silver Cross Hospital, a health care network with an acute
care hospital in Joliet and nine satellite facilities. A member of the
Silver Cross staff will serve as MinuteClinic's medical director in the
county and will work cooperatively with MinuteClinic on patient and
community health care education programs. Silver Cross has also agreed to
accept referrals for MinuteClinic patients needing emergency room, urgent
care and primary care assistance.
"Silver Cross' alliance with Minute Clinic helps us achieve our mission
of caring for the health care needs of our community residents and to
educate people about living healthier," said Ruth Colby, chief strategic
officer of Silver Cross. "We are pleased that Minute Clinic has chosen to
work with Silver Cross and our dedicated physicians because we have a
shared commitment to quality and convenient service to families."
MinuteClinic Treatments: (most services cost $59 or an insurance co-pay)
- Allergies (ages 6+) $59
- Pink Eye & Styes $59
- Bladder Infections (Female, ages 12-65) $69
- Bronchitis (ages 10-65) $59
- Ear Infections $59
- Sinus Infections (ages 5+) $59
- Strep Throat (additional lab charges may apply) $69
- Swimmer's Ear $59
- Flu Diagnosis (ages 10-65) $93 - Mononucleosis $69
- Pregnancy Testing $49 - Camp physicals $25
- Athlete's Foot $59 - Cold Sores $59
- Deer Tick Bites (ages 12+) $59 - Impetigo $59
- Minor Burns $59 - Minor Skin Infections & Rashes $59
- Minor Sunburn $59 - Poison Ivy (ages 3+) $59
- Ringworm $59 - Wart Removal $69
Vaccines: (Prices vary; vaccines generally have a $0 co-pay for most
- DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) $65
- Flu (seasonal) $30
- Hepatitis A (adult) $85
- Hepatitis A (child) $54
- Hepatitis B (adult) $65
- Hepatitis B (child) $50
- Meningitis $110
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) $65
- Pneumonia (Oct-Dec) $30
- Polio (IPV) $80
- Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria) $45
Minneapolis-based MinuteClinic is a subsidiary of CVS/Caremark
Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the nation's premier integrated pharmacy services
provider, combining one of the nation's leading pharmaceutical services
companies with the country's largest pharmacy chain. MinuteClinic launched
the first retail health care centers in the United States in 2000 and is
the first provider to establish a national presence with more than 175
locations across the country. By creating a health care delivery model that
responds to consumer demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality
medical treatment easier for more Americans. The company has generated more
than 850,000 patient visits with a 99 percent customer satisfaction rating.
A recognized leader in the patient- centric health care movement,
MinuteClinic consistently brings innovation to the marketplace and sets new
standards for clinical quality that exceed the national guidelines
established for store-based clinics by the American Medical Association
(AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). MinuteClinic is
the first and only retail health care provider to receive accreditation
from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
(formerly known as JCAHO), the national evaluation and certifying agency
for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United
States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com
MinuteClinic health care centers in Illinois are operated by
MinuteClinic Diagnostic of Illinois, LLC.