MinuteClinic, a division of
CVS Caremark Corporation
), has opened a new clinic location inside select CVS/pharmacy
stores in New Hampshire. This initiative marks MinuteClinic's
foray into the 28th U.S. state.
Clinics are now open in Concord and West Lebanon in New
Hampshire. Further expansion plans are underway, with a Salem
clinic to be opened on Dec 11 and new clinics to be flagged off
in Hampton, Manchester and Nashua in early Jan 2014.
The opening of these latest clinics also marks a new
collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the only medical centre
in the state. The partnership is expected to make available
high-quality, affordable healthcare services in the Granite
State, with a network of nearly 1,500 physicians from
The MinuteClinic medical clinics will operate on all seven days
of the week, including weekday evenings. Prior appointments will
not be necessary. Per the agreement, the broad network of
Dartmouth-Hitchcock physicians will act as medical directors for
MinuteClinic in the state. Medical professionals from both the
parties will be accountable for patient education and disease
In keeping with its trend in all the other states, Minute Clinic
will employ well-trained, licensed nurse practitioners proficient
to diagnose, treat, and write prescriptions for common family
illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder, and
bronchial infections and minor wounds, abrasions and joint
sprains. Additionally, they shall also be specialized to
administer wellness and prevention services, like common
vaccinations, with regular monitoring of the health conditions of
MinuteClinic and Dartmouth-Hitchcock are also currently planning
to integrate electronic medical record systems to reduce
communication hurdles in each individual's care.
MinuteClinic will electronically share medical histories and
visit summaries of patients with other Dartmouth-Hitchcock
locations in New Hampshire. This is a customer-driven approach to
make primary healthcare easily accessible to existing and
potential patients of D-H Primary Care services.
The primary mission of MinuteClinic healthcare providers is to
meet the growing healthcare needs of people, with an added focus
on convenience and affordability. Ever since its launch as the
first retail medical clinic in the United States in 2000,
MinuteClinic has been expanding its retail network to deliver
quality medical healthcare services to people.
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