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MinuteClinic allies with southeastern Pennsylvania health network
March 5th, 2014
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic has affiliated with Philadelphia-area health system Main Line Health.
The CVS Caremark retail health clinic subsidiary said Wednesday that doctors from Main Line Health will serve as collaborating physicians for MinuteClinics inside CVS/pharmacy stores in southeastern Pennsylvania, including Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
MinuteClinic and Main Line Health also will work together on patient education and disease management initiatives and inform patients of each other's services, as well as integrate electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each patient's care.
MinuteClinic's locations in southeastern Pennsylvania are staffed by nurse practitioners, who provide treatment for acute illnesses and administer wellness and prevention services, including health condition monitoring.
Plans call for the clinical collaboration to also include future walk-in medical clinics opened by MinuteClinic. CVS Caremark has said it aims to add 150 new clinics this year and have a total of 1,500 clinics nationwide by 2017.
"Main Line Health is recognized nationally for delivering high-quality care and joins MinuteClinic in our commitment to bring more accessible and affordable medical services to patients in Southeastern Pennsylvania," MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman, who's also senior vice president and associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark, said in a statement. "We look forward to having Main Line Health physicians collaborate with MinuteClinic's nurse practitioners to provide quality support, teaching and backup so MinuteClinic can provide the best care at the lowest overall cost."
Serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs, Main Line Health's multispecialty physician network comprises more than 2,000 doctors.
"Engaging in this new partnership ensures our community has access to basic care when and where they need it," stated Jack Lynch, president and chief executive officer of Main Line Health. "And when more advanced care is necessary, our Main Line Health team will be available to provide appropriate treatment and an exceptional patient experience."