An Innovation in Health Care Opens at CVS/pharmacy Stores in Chicagoland

MinuteClinic Provides Quality and Convenience Close to Home and the


Apr 26, 2007, 01:00 ET from MinuteClinic

    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
 following locations:
     -- 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)
     Common Illnesses
     - 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
     Additional Treatments
     - Flu Diagnosis (ages 10-65) $93      - Mononucleosis $69
     - Pregnancy Testing $49               - Camp physicals $25
     Skin Conditions
     - 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
 insurance plans)
     - 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
     About MinuteClinic
     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
     MinuteClinic health care centers in Illinois are operated by
 MinuteClinic Diagnostic of Illinois, LLC.

SOURCE MinuteClinic