MinuteClinic has formed a clinical affiliation with Baptist Health Care, the largest health care network in northwest Florida .

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MinuteClinic partners with N.W. Florida health system

September 19th, 2013

WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic has formed a clinical affiliation with Baptist Health Care, the largest health care network in northwest Florida .

The retail health clinic operator, part of CVS Caremark Corp., said Thursday that the clinical collaboration with Pensacola, Fla.-based Baptist Health Care covers Florida's Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties.

Under the agreement, Baptist Health doctors will serve as medical directors for four MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in CVS/pharmacy stores in Cantonment, Crestview, Gulf Breeze and Niceville, Fla., as well as for any future MinuteClinic locations in the region.

MinuteClinic and Baptist Health also will work together on patient education and disease management initiatives and inform patients of the services that each offers.

"Through this affiliation, we can build on Baptist Health Care's 60-year tradition of compassionate care in northwest Florida by creating more convenient access to high-quality medical services in the community," stated MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman, who also is senior vice president and associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark. "We look forward to having Baptist Health Care physicians collaborate with MinuteClinic nurse practitioners to provide quality oversight, teaching and backup so MinuteClinic can provide the best care at the lowest overall cost for patients and employers."

Plans call for MinuteClinic and Baptist Health Care to integrate electronic medical record systems, enabling MinuteClinics to electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with other Baptist Health locations in the region.

Baptist Health's network has more than 600 physicians and includes four hospitals, two medical parks, Baptist Manor, Baptist Leadership Group, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, Lakeview Center, Baptist Medical Group and Cardiology Consultants.

"At Baptist Health Care, we continuously explore opportunities to better serve patients by providing easy-to-access quality care in our community. Our affiliation with CVS helps us achieve that," commented Brian Matson, senior vice president and chief strategy and business development officer at Baptist Health Care. "We are pleased to be able to form affiliations with well-respected national organizations to improve the quality of health for those we serve while remaining the area's only locally owned, not-for-profit health care system."