New Affiliation Between UT Medicine San Antonio and MinuteClinic Will Increase Access to Health Care Services in San Antonio

New Affiliation Between UT Medicine San Antonio and MinuteClinic Will Increase
                Access to Health Care Services in San Antonio

Clinical Collaboration and Electronic Medical Record Integration Included In

PR Newswire

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic,
the retail health care division of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS), and UT Medicine
San Antonio, the academic medical practice of the School of Medicine at The
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, have entered into a
clinical affiliation to enhance access to high-quality, affordable health care
services in the region.

MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics are open seven days a week inside select
CVS/pharmacy stores in San Antonio. The clinics are staffed by nurse
practitioners and physician assistants who provide treatment for common family
illnesses and administer wellness and prevention services, including health
condition monitoring.

Under the agreement, UT Medicine physicians will serve as medical directors
for MinuteClinic locations in San Antonio. In addition, MinuteClinic and UT
Medicine will collaborate on patient education and disease management
initiatives and will inform patients of the services each offer. UT Medicine
will accept patients who need a level of care that is not provided at

"We look forward to building on UT Medicine's more than 40 years of serving
patients by helping to expand access to high-quality, affordable health care
services in the San Antonio community," said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President,
MinuteClinic and Senior Vice President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS
Caremark. "Through this agreement, we will collaborate with UT Medicine on
information connectivity and a broad range of programs to provide the highest
level of care at the lowest overall cost."

"We are very excited to be partnering with MinuteClinic. It is recognized that
ready access to quality care and preventive services are essential for the
well-being of our community. Our association brings those key elements of the
MinuteClinic concept together with our expertise in comprehensive primary care
and in the full spectrum of medical and surgical specialties," said Carlos
Rosende, M.D., Executive Director of UT Medicine and Vice Dean for Clinical
Affairs at the School of Medicine. "Our collaboration will extend superb
medical care to a greater segment of our population."

MinuteClinic and UT Medicine will begin to work toward fully integrating
electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all
aspects of their patients' care. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will
electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with UT Medicine
locations. In the meantime, MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice
of sending patient visit summaries to primary care providers via fax or mail,
typically within 24 hours.

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants specialize in family
health and offer services for acute ailments 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, pertussis and Hepatitis A & B are available at
most locations. Walk-in camp, sports and college physicals for adolescents are
available daily. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness
services designed to help patients identify lifestyle changes needed to
improve their current and future health, including screenings and monitoring
for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

No appointments are required at MinuteClinic and most health insurance is
accepted. Clinics in San Antonio are open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30
p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

About UT Medicine
UT Medicine San Antonio is the premier academic medical practice of the School
of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. UT Medicine is the
largest medical practice in Central and South Texas with more than 700
physicians. With expertise in over 100 medical specialties and
subspecialties, UT Medicine is at the forefront of cutting edge clinical
care. UT Medicine also includes the NCI-designated Cancer Therapy & Research
Center (CTRC) where faculty physicians see cancer patients and conduct
research on the latest cancer therapies. Primary care physicians and
specialists see patients in private practice at UT Medicine's flagship
clinical home, the Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC), located at 8300
Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio 78229. Most major health plans are accepted,
and UT Medicine physicians practice at several local and regional hospitals.
Call (210) 450-9000 to schedule an appointment, or visit
for a list of clinics and phone numbers.

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 patient 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% patient 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

SOURCE MinuteClinic

Contact: Will Sansom, +1-210-567-2579, UT Health Science Center San Antonio,; Carolyn Castel, +1-401-770-5717, CVS Caremark,; Brent Burkhardt, +1-410-986-1303, TBC (for MinuteClinic),
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