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New Affiliation Between MinuteClinic and Advocate Health Care Increases Access to Medical Services in Chicagoland
Date:4/7/2011

seven days a week, including weekday evening hours, and are staffed by nurse practitioners who provide treatment for common ailments and administer wellness and prevention services and health condition monitoring.

"We look forward to collaborating with MinuteClinic on creative ways to improve outcomes for our patients with chronic conditions," said Lee Sacks, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer at Advocate.. "This partnership allows Advocate physicians to provide a medical home for the many patients who seek care at MinuteClinic and do not have a relationship with a physician. It also aligns with AdvocateCare, our new transformational approach to health care delivery, which provides better coordination and transitions for our patients."

Advocate Health Care has been recognized as one of the nation's top 10 health systems by Thomson Reuters. It is the largest, fully integrated health care system in Illinois with more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals and seven trauma centers. Advocate Physician Partners has received national recognition for its innovative, clinical integration program and is the state's largest network of primary care physicians and specialists.

MinuteClinic and Advocate will fully integrate their electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual's care. With patient permission, each MinuteClinic will share medical history and visit summaries with other Advocate and MinuteClinic locations in the region. In the meantime, MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice of sending visit summaries via fax or mail, typically within 24 hours.

MinuteClinic nurse practitioners specialize in family medicine and are trained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses, such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccin
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