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MinuteClinic Recognizes National Nurse Practitioner Week and Invests in the Education and Advancement of Clinicians Across the

 MinuteClinic Recognizes National Nurse Practitioner Week and Invests in the
           Education and Advancement of Clinicians Across the U.S.

PR Newswire

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --In celebration of National
Nurse Practitioner Week (Nov. 11-17), MinuteClinic, the nation's largest
provider of retail-based medical clinics, salutes the outstanding patient care
delivered by nurse practitioners and continues to expand its role as a leader
in creating educational and career development opportunities for members of
the profession.

"Every day, thousands of individuals across the United States see evidence of
the compassion, care and patient education provided by nurse practitioners,
and we see the appreciation for that care through consistently high customer
satisfaction ratings," said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President, MinuteClinic and
Senior Vice President/Associate Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark. "As the
shortage of primary care physicians continues to grow and nurse practitioners
play an even larger role in patient care, we are committed to creating
advancement opportunities for clinicians through a growing program of
preceptorships, residencies, scholarships and grants."

MinuteClinic employs more than 2,000 nurse practitioners and physician
assistants who treat patients at more than 600 walk-in medical clinics inside
CVS/pharmacy stores in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

In the past year, MinuteClinic has increased the number of nurse practitioner
and physician assistant preceptorships at its clinics from 40 to more than
200. Spanning from a semester to a full academic year, the preceptorships
give graduate-level students the opportunity to observe practitioners, learn
clinical skills and see what it's like to work in a retail clinic setting.

In addition, MinuteClinic launched its first nurse practitioner residency
program in September in conjunction with the school of nursing at the Bouve
College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. The program supports
eight new graduates in their first year of practice as they transition from
the classroom to the professional role. It includes educational modules and
mentor-supported clinical practice to further build on the practitioners'
medical and career skills.

"We are currently working with more than 100 colleges and universities in the
United States at various levels to support nurse practitioner and physician
assistant education," said Paulette Thabault, Chief Nurse Practitioner
Officer, MinuteClinic. "We also believe in the importance of developing new
continuing education and research grants for professionals."

MinuteClinic helps to fund scholarships at several schools and organizations
including the United Negro College Fund and the Massachusetts General Hospital
Institute of Health Professionals, and it supports the work of the American
Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Nurse Practitioners and
American Nurses Association among others.

Through the American Nurses Foundation, MinuteClinic helps to fund a grant for
nurse practitioners who are pursuing their doctorate and conducting research
into community-based health issues. In addition, MinuteClinic supports
members of its practitioner team who are conducting research as part of their
doctorate studies through a series of select grants issued by an internal
review board.

MinuteClinic medical clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician
assistants who specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and
write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear,
eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions, skin
conditions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as
influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and hepatitis A & B are available at most
locations. Walk-in camp, sports, college and DOT physicals are available
daily. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services
designed to help consumers identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their
current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes,
high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

MinuteClinic 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 sent via electronic health record, fax or mail to a primary care provider
with patient permission.

MinuteClinic is open seven days a week, including weekday evening hours. No
appointment is necessary, and most health care insurance is accepted. For
patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each clinic and
on www.minuteclinic.com. The cost for most services starts at $79.

About MinuteClinic
MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the
largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic
launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is
the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 600 locations in 25
states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model
that responds to consumer demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality
medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has
generated more than 13 million patient visits, with a 95% customer
satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to
receive three consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, 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.

SOURCE MinuteClinic

Website: http://www.minuteclinic.com
Contact: Carolyn Castel, +1-401-770-5717, CVS Caremark, ccastel@cvs.com; Brent
Burkhardt, +1-410-986-1303, TBC (for MinuteClinic), bburkhardt@tbc.us
 
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