Nurse practitioners at CVS MinuteClinic pass 10 million patient mark

CVS Caremark recently announced that its MinuteClinic reached an important milestone. According to the company, the nurse practitioners who staff these walk-in medical centers have officially treated more than 10 million patients nationwide.

The first MinuteClinic was established in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2000. In the 11 years since CVS Caremark began building these centers, close to 600 have been constructed inside CVS stores across the country. Today, there are MinuteClinic locations in 26 states and the District of Columbia.

"MinuteClinic was founded on the principle of providing convenient, high quality care and patient awareness is growing," said Andrew Sussman, the president of MinuteClinic. "This milestone demonstrates how innovation coupled with evidence-based treatment can make basic medical services more convenient and affordable for millions of Americans."

MinuteClinic centers are staffed by nurse practitioners, medical professionals who have earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree. These individuals can preform many of the same duties as doctors and physician's assistants, including diagnosing patients, ordering lab work or tests and prescribing medication.

Many individuals say nurse practitioners provide an increased level of patient care, and this sentiment is supported by the 95 percent satisfaction rate reported by CVS at its MinuteClinic locations.

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