Barnabas Health And MinuteClinic Enter Into Clinical Collaboration in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Barnabas Health And MinuteClinic Enter Into Clinical Collaboration in Monmouth
                              and Ocean Counties

Agreement Includes Electronic Medical Record Integration and Clinical
Collaboration To Increase Access To Care

PR Newswire

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and WEST ORANGE, N.J., Jan. 24, 2013

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and WEST ORANGE, N.J., Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) and
Barnabas Health in New Jersey have signed a clinical collaboration to enhance
access to high quality, affordable health care services in Monmouth and Ocean

Under the agreement, Barnabas Health physicians will serve as medical
directors for three MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics open seven days a
week inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Jackson, Manalapan and Marlboro, New
Jersey. In addition, MinuteClinic and Barnabas Health will collaborate on
patient education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients
of the services each provide.

Barnabas Health 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 an affiliation with Barnabas Health.

The Barnabas Health system in Monmouth and Ocean Counties includes: The
Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center in
Long Branch; Community Medical Center, the Pediatric Subspecialty Center, and
Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, all in Tom's River; Kimball Medical
Center in Lakewood; and a network of more than 4,600 physicians and 18,200
employees in New Jersey.

"MinuteClinic joins Barnabas Health in its commitment to provide the highest
quality medical care to the people of Central New Jersey with a focus on
reducing costs and increasing accessibility to health care services," said
Andrew Sussman, M.D., President, MinuteClinic and Senior Vice
President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "As we have
experienced elsewhere in New Jersey and in other communities in the U.S.,
strategic clinical affiliations between MinuteClinic and major health systems
such as Barnabas Health enhance our ability to offer medical services to
patients in convenient retail locations near where they live and work."

MinuteClinic medical clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who provide
treatment for acute illnesses and administer wellness and prevention services,
including health condition monitoring.

"Our new clinical collaboration with MinuteClinic is an exciting initiative
that advances our mission to heal while focusing on innovative prevention and
wellness programs," stated Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Barnabas Health. "Barnabas Health facilities are among our
communities' strongest resources. MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics provide
accessible, high quality centers for promoting the health of our neighbors.
Together, our partnership in Monmouth and Ocean Counties will enrich the
health care that is offered to all."

MinuteClinic and Barnabas Health 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 Barnabas
Health locations in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. 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, college, DOT and other administrative
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.

No appointments are required at MinuteClinic and most health insurance is
accepted. Clinics in New 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.

About Barnabas Health

Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery
system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, with more than two
million patient visits and delivery of more than 17,600 babies annually. The
system includes six acute care hospitals, two children's hospitals, a
freestanding behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric
centers, the state's largest behavioral health network and comprehensive home
care and hospice programs. As the second-largest private employer in New
Jersey, Barnabas Health includes 18,200 employees and 4,600 physicians – or
one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey. For more
information, visit

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 625 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
provided care through more than 14 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

SOURCE MinuteClinic

Contact: Carolyn Castel, +1-401-770-5717, CVS Caremark,; Brent
Burkhardt, +1-410-986-1303, TBC (for MinuteClinic),; Ellen
Greene, +1-973-322-4018, Barnabas Health,
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