MinuteClinic and Greenville Hospital System Form Clinical Affiliation in Upstate South Carolina

   MinuteClinic and Greenville Hospital System Form Clinical Affiliation in
                            Upstate South Carolina

Clinical Collaboration Will Increase Access To Care

PR Newswire

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET, R.I. and GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS), and
Greenville Hospital System (GHS) – South Carolina's largest health system,
with five medical campuses, outpatient and specialty centers and a large
network of physician practices – have entered into a clinical affiliation to
enhance access to high quality, affordable healthcare services in the Upstate.

MinuteClinic has 11 walk-in medical clinics open seven days a week inside
select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Upstate with no appointment necessary. The
agreement includes locations throughout the Upstate, including Greenville,
Simpsonville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Clemson and surrounding communities.
Additional locations in Spartanburg and Travelers Rest are expected to open in
the spring. The clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who provide
treatment for common family illnesses and administer wellness and prevention
services, including health-condition monitoring.

"By providing high quality, accessible and affordable medical services in
convenient retail locations throughout the Upstate, MinuteClinic shares
Greenville Hospital System's vision to transform health care in the
communities we serve," said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President, MinuteClinic and
Senior Vice President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark.

The clinical affiliation encourages collaboration among GHS and MinuteClinic
providers to improve coordination of care for patients seen at these
locations. GHS will provide the required physician supervision for nurse
practitioners at MinuteClinic locations. GHS, an academic medical center, will
also help assist with the continuing education needs of the nurse
practitioners.

"Part of providing great care is providing the right level of care at times
that work for our patients," said Angelo Sinopoli, M.D., GHS' vice president
for clinical integration and Chief Medical Officer. "Innovations like
MinuteClinic and our popular MD360 Convenient Care, which has extended
physician hours and accepts walk-in patients, are important elements of an
accessible, affordable care continuum."

GHS, which celebrated its centennial in 2012, is supported by a medical staff
of more than 1,250 physicians.

MinuteClinic and GHS 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 GHS 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 fills an important role in the care continuum with nurse
practitioners who 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.

MinuteClinic locations in the Upstate 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 Greenville Hospital System
Greenville Hospital System (GHS) is committed to medical excellence through
research, education and high-quality patient care. GHS offers patients a
sophisticated network of expertise and technologies through its five medical
campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities,
community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty facilities in
upstate South Carolina. The 1,268-bed system is home to 14 medical residency
and fellowship programs and the state's largest number of active clinical
trials – 600+. For the fourth consecutive year, its flagship Greenville
Memorial Hospital was ranked among the nation's top 50 hospitals in a
specialty area inU.S. News'America's Best Hospitals. In July 2012, the
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville opened a four-year
medical school at GHS. For more information, visitghs.org.

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 approximately 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 15 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
Website: http://ghs.org
Contact: Carolyn Castel, +1-401-770-5717, CVS Caremark, ccastel@cvs.com; or
Brent Burkhardt, +1-410-986-1303, TBC (for MinuteClinic), bburkhardt@tbc.us;
or Sandy Dees, +1-864-797-7559, GHS, sdees@ghs.org
 
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