Campus News

November 21, 2011

Take Note

Emory Healthcare, CVS unit join forces to improve treatment, service

MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark, and Emory Healthcare, the largest and most comprehensive hospital system in Georgia, have entered into a clinical affiliation.

Under the agreement, Emory physicians will serve as medical directors for MinuteClinic locations in metro Atlanta.

"Emory Healthcare is expanding our presence to ensure we can offer our patients in the community ready access to outstanding care," said John Fox, CEO of Emory Healthcare.

MinuteClinic and Emory Healthcare will collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the services each offers. Emory Healthcare will accept patients who need a level of care beyond that provided at MinuteClinic.

There are 31 walk-in medical clinics open seven days a week inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the metro area, staffed by nurse practitioners.

MinuteClinic practitioners specialize in family health care and can:

• Diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses, such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections.

• Treat minor wounds, abrasions and joint sprains.

Other services include:

• Common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia, pertussis and Hepatitis A & B are available at most locations.

• Walk-in camp, sports and college physicals for adolescents are available daily.

• MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

MinuteClinic and Emory Healthcare will begin to work toward fully integrating their electronic medical record systems. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will share medical histories and visit summaries with other Emory Healthcare locations in Georgia.

"We share a common goal with Emory Healthcare to make medical care more accessible and convenient in the Atlanta metro area, where we opened our first Georgia clinic in 2007 and continue to grow with six new clinics in 2011," said Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and senior vice president/associate chief medical officer, CVS Caremark.  "As we have experienced with our 11 other clinical affiliations around the country, this relationship with Emory will enhance our ability to bring high quality care to patients in MinuteClinic locations in 13 Georgia counties."

Signage at MinuteClinic locations will inform patients that each site has a clinical affiliation with Emory Healthcare.

No appointments are required at MinuteClinic and most health insurance is accepted. Clinics in the Atlanta area are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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