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MinuteClinic partners with South Carolina health network
February 14th, 2013
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic has formed a clinical affiliation with Greenville Hospital System (GHS), South Carolina's largest health system.
The CVS Caremark retail health clinic subsidiary said Thursday that the collaboration will foster coordination of care between GHS and MinuteClinic providers.
GHS also will provide the required physician supervision for nurse practitioners at area MinuteClinics as well as assist with the continuing education needs of the clinics' nurse practitioners.
MinuteClinic has 11 walk-in medical clinics in CVS/pharmacy stores in the Upstate area, including Greenville, Simpsonville, Spartanburg, Anderson and Clemson, S.C., and surrounding communities. More MinuteClinics are slated to open in Spartanburg and Travelers Rest, S.C., this spring.
"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," MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman, who's also senior vice president and associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark, said in a statement.
GHS' health network encompasses more than 1,250 doctors in its five medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and specialty facilities in upstate South Carolina. The 1,268-bed system also is home to 14 medical residency and fellowship programs and the state's largest number of active clinical trials at over 600.
"Part of providing great care is providing the right level of care at times that work for our patients," stated Angelo Sinopoli, 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."