The new MinuteClinic opened its doors late last month in a CVS/pharmacy store on Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.
MinuteClinic is the nation’s largest operator of retail clinics. This year, MinuteClinic is slated to open more than 100 new locations and, by 2017, expects to have over 1,500 retail health clinics.
Since opening its first walk-in medical clinic in 2000, MinuteClinic has expanded to communities in 31 states and the District of Columbia. There have been more than 26 million patient visits to MinuteClinics, the company said.
MinuteClinic was the first retail medical clinic to be fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the accrediting agency for more than 20,000 hospitals and health systems and related organizations, CVS pointed out.
“This 1,000th clinic milestone reflects our commitment to expand much-needed access to health care across the United States,” remarked Dr. Andrew Sussman, MinuteClinic president and executive vice president/associate chief medical officer at CVS Health. “Whether it’s treating patients in urban centers like Washington, D.C., or developing new ways to deliver care in other settings, the MinuteClinic mission to provide accessible health care will continue to evolve.
“In the years ahead, we intend to offer new and innovative medical services to patients through in-store clinics, expanded telehealth services and clinical collaborations with a growing list of more than 60 major health care system affiliates nationwide,” he added.
MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family 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 and hepatitis A and B are available at most locations.
Walk-in camp, sports and college physicals are available daily. MinuteClinic also administers wellness services to help patients identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.