WOONSOCKET, R.I., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, the largest provider of retail-based medical clinics in the United States, has opened three walk-in clinics inside CVS/pharmacy stores in the Asheville, North Carolina area. The clinics are located in Arden, Asheville and Hendersonville.
Three additional clinics are expected to open by the end of the year in Asheville, Brevard and Waynesville. The clinics operate seven days a week, including weekday evenings, and no appointment is necessary.
MinuteClinic launched its first medical clinics in North Carolina in 2005 and now has 41 walk-in clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in the Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro/Winston-Salem and Raleigh-Durham markets.
Andrew Sussman, M.D., president, MinuteClinic and senior vice president/ associate chief medical officer, CVS Caremark Corporation, believes MinuteClinic can help alleviate the severe primary care shortage that is expected to worsen over the coming decade in North Carolina.
"We believe MinuteClinic can be part of the solution to help broaden access to high quality, convenient and affordable health care services in North Carolina," Sussman said.
The clinics are staffed by MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants who 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 & B are available at most locations. Walk-in camp, sports, and college physicals are available daily. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help consumers identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Most health insurance is accepted. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each clinic and on www.minuteclinic.com. The cost for most services starts at $79.
MinuteClinic practitioners use a software program that at the conclusion of each visit generates educational material, an invoice and a prescription (when clinically appropriate) for the patient, as well as a diagnostic record that is sent via electronic health record, fax or mail to a primary care provider with patient permission.
MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in the Asheville market operate from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail medical clinics in the United States in 2000 and is the largest provider of retail clinics with more than 600 locations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to consumer demand, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has generated more than 13 million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic is the only retail health care provider to receive three consecutive accreditations from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.