MinuteClinic Signs Clinical Collaboration with Virtua for Clinic Locations in
Electronic Medical Record Integration Included In Agreement to Improve Care
WOONSOCKET, R.I. and MARLTON, N.J., Nov. 27, 2012
WOONSOCKET, R.I.and MARLTON, N.J., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/
--MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark (NYSE:CVS),
and Virtua, South Jersey's largest health care provider with a clinical staff
of more than 1,800 physicians, have entered into a clinical collaboration to
enhance access to high quality, affordable health care services in three
counties in the region.
Under the agreement, Virtua physicians will serve as medical directors for
five MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics open seven days a week inside select
CVS/pharmacy stores in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties. In
addition, MinuteClinic and Virtua will collaborate on patient education and
disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the services each
Virtua will accept patients who need a level of care that is not provided
among MinuteClinic services. Signage at MinuteClinic locations will inform
patients that each site has a clinical affiliation with Virtua.
"Virtua's reputation for clinical excellence and its proven track record for
patient satisfaction were important factors in our decision to affiliate,"
said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President, MinuteClinic and Senior Vice
President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "We look forward to
having Virtua physicians collaborate with MinuteClinic practitioners to
provide quality oversight, teaching and back-up so MinuteClinic can provide
the best care at the lowest overall cost."
MinuteClinic medical clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who provide
treatment for common family illnesses and administer wellness and prevention
services, including health condition monitoring.
"Virtua is committed to health and wellness and to providing easy access to
quality health care," said Dr. Jim Dwyer, Executive Vice President and Chief
Medical Officer at Virtua. "This partnership enables us to achieve our mission
of helping people be well, get well and stay well. Partnering with a quality
organization like MinuteClinic makes it easier for people to fulfill their
MinuteClinic and Virtua will begin to work toward fully integrating electronic
medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each
individual's care. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will electronically
share medical histories and visit summaries with other Virtua 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, with patient consent.
MinuteClinic practitioners specialize in family health care and can diagnose,
treat and write prescriptions for common 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, 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 consumers 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 South Jersey are open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30
p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Virtua provides a comprehensive continuum of health care in southern New
Jersey. Virtua's mission is to help people be well, get well and stay well.
This is accomplished through the delivery of care at three Health & Wellness
Centers, four hospitals, eight ambulatory surgery centers, two home care
agencies, primary and specialty physician practices representing over 200
physicians, urgent care centers, fitness centers, paramedic units and a wide
range of outpatient services. Virtua is an early adopter of clinical and
information technology and is recognized for its innovative partnerships with
GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the Fox Chase
Cancer Center and the Philadelphia Flyers. It has been honored as the #1 Best
Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years and is the
recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation.
For more information, visit www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.
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% 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
Contact: Carolyn Castel, +1-401-770-5717, CVS Caremark, email@example.com; or
Brent Burkhardt, +1-410-986-1303, TBC (for MinuteClinic), firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Peggy Leone, +1-856-355-0821, Virtua, email@example.com
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