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MinuteClinic makes debut in Nebraska
August 7th, 2014
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic has opened its first walk-in medical clinics in Nebraska.
The CVS Caremark Corp. subsidiary said Thursday that three MinuteClinics have opened inside CVS/pharmacy drug stores in the state: two in Lincoln and one in Omaha.
Plans call for the operning of a third clinic in Lincoln, two more in Omaha and one in LaVista later this month.
Nebraska marks MinuteClinics first expansion state this year, according to MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman. Overall, there are now more than 850 MinuteClinic retail clinic locations in 29 states and the District of Columbia.
"We anticipate an increasing demand for services in Nebraska and believe MinuteClinic can be part of the solution to help broaden access to care," stated Sussman, who's also associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark.
In Nebraska, MinuteClinics operate from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
MinuteClinic aims to help patients find a medical home and play a complementary role in working with primary care providers, Sussman added.
"About 50% of our visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays, when patients may not be able to get an appointment with their primary care provider," he explained. "And about half of the patients we see at MinuteClinic do not have a personal physician, due in large part to the severe shortage of primary care doctors in the U.S."
Patients who visit MinuteClinic without a primary care provider are provided a list of doctors in the area who are accepting new patients.
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