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MinuteClinic Celebrates National Nurse Practitioner Week and Recognizes Role of Practitioners in Helping To Close Primary Care Gap
Date:11/11/2009

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of National Nurse Practitioner Week (Nov. 8-14), MinuteClinic, the pioneer and largest provider of retail health care centers in the United States, salutes practitioners across the country who deliver patient-centered care and help to increase access to high-quality, affordable medical treatment.

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants serve patients at about 500 MinuteClinic locations inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in 25 states.

"We have the strongest and best group of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the country," said Andrew Sussman, M.D., president of MinuteClinic. "We see evidence of their commitment every single day from patient comments, and we have research that shows the quality of care and service they provide is outstanding."

Since MinuteClinic launched the nation's first retail clinics in 2000, MinuteClinic practitioners have provided care for more than five million patient visits. They have helped MinuteClinic change the way Americans access health care services for common family illnesses and other medical treatment.

Sussman anticipates that MinuteClinic practitioners will continue to play a vital role in MinuteClinic's efforts to help close the gap in primary care.

"Our practitioners do a fantastic job with patient education which has allowed the MinuteClinic model to evolve beyond acute care to include wellness and prevention services," said Sussman. "We will continue to call on their training and expertise to expand our offerings into disease management services for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia."

MinuteClinic is one of the largest employers of nurse practitioners in the nation. The company actively supports the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American College of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Nurses Association's efforts to advanc
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