WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced that the first CVS Pharmacy locations in Target stores are now open in Washington. The pharmacies, located in several metropolitan areas, including Olympia, Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma, are being operated through a store-within-a-store format and are branded CVS Pharmacy.
"We're excited to introduce our integrated pharmacy services and health care expertise to Target guests in Washington," said Hanley Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Retail Field Operations, for CVS Pharmacy. "Our pharmacy care and clinic offerings, along with our innovative digital tools, will offer consumers expanded wellness options and increased access to care. We look forward to welcoming Target guests as our pharmacy patients."
In addition to the CVS Pharmacy locations in Target, CVS Pharmacy currently operates seven free-standing stores in Washington. With the addition of the 30 rebranded CVS Pharmacy in Target locations, the company is expanding its reach in the state and is introducing Target guests to its suite of innovative pharmacy care services.
The CVS Pharmacy in Target locations in Washington will soon offer the complete suite of services available at traditional CVS Pharmacy stores. Maintenance Choice, a program that lets CVS Caremark plan members choose to fill 90-day supplies of medications for chronic conditions either through mail service or at any CVS Pharmacy location, is now available in all pharmacies in Target. Pharmacy Advisor, a program in which CVS Caremark plan members diagnosed with chronic conditions receive face-to-face counseling when they choose to fill prescriptions at CVS Pharmacy or by phone when they choose mail service pharmacy, will be available by the end of 2016. Specialty Connect, a feature of CVS Specialty which gives patients the option to pick up their specialty prescriptions at any CVS Pharmacy, will be available to patients as Target pharmacies convert to CVS Pharmacy.
"As we roll out the new CVS Pharmacy in Target stores, we are working closely with patients to make their transition to our services and programs as simple and seamless as possible," added Wheeler.
Patients at CVS Pharmacy in Target now have access to convenient and easy-to-use digital tools, such as the CVS Pharmacy app and CVS.com, to help them manage their prescriptions and stay on track with their medications. Patients who utilize CVS Pharmacy's digital offerings are also able to scan their pill bottles to order refills of their prescriptions and receive medication reminders while benefiting from easier in-store pickup. CVS Pharmacy's leading ExtraCare loyalty program and the opt-in ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards will allow patients to earn $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards for every 10 prescriptions filled. Patients can also earn rewards for the other things they do to stay healthy, like getting immunizations or choosing email refill reminders.
CVS Pharmacy is committed to giving back to the communities where its colleagues live and work. The company has extended that commitment to Washington with a $50,000 donation to Seattle Children's Hospital. The funding will be used to support the hospital's work to help the state's children on their path to better health and to increase access to vital pediatric health care services.
"Seattle Children's has a long history of working with communities to help create safer and healthier places to live," said Peter Drury, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, for Seattle Children's Hospital. "We're looking forward to launching a new strategic plan that continues to prioritize increasing access to quality health care for all children and teens. The community and donors like CVS Pharmacy are vital partners to ensuring we can care for every child who needs us. We are grateful for this generous donation that makes our work possible."
In December 2015, CVS Health acquired all Target pharmacies and retail clinics across 47 states. In addition, a CVS Pharmacy will be included in all new Target stores that offer pharmacy services and Target clinic locations will be rebranded as MinuteClinic over the next few months. The acquisition expands CVS Health's pharmacy footprint by approximately 20 percent and its clinic footprint by about 8 percent. CVS Health now has a presence in every state.
To learn more about the Target pharmacy transition, customers can visit www.cvs.com/target.
About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with over 9,600 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.
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