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MinuteClinic teams up with N.J. health system
January 24th, 2013
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – MinuteClinic has entered a clinical affiliation with Barnabas Health in New Jersey for health care services in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
The CVS Caremark retail health clinic subsidiary said Thursday that under the agreement, Barnabas Health doctors will serve as medical directors for three MinuteClinics at CVS/pharmacy stores in Jackson, Manalapan and Marlboro, N.J.
In addition, MinuteClinic and Barnabas Health will collaborate on patient education and disease management, as well as inform patients of the services each provide.
Barnabas Health also will accept patients who need a level of care not provided by MinuteClinic. Signage at MinuteClinic locations will inform patients that each site has an affiliation with Barnabas Health.
"MinuteClinic joins Barnabas Health in its commitment to provide the highest-quality medical care to the people of central New Jersey, with a focus on reducing costs and increasing accessibility to health care services," MinuteClinic president Andrew Sussman, who is also senior vice president/associate chief medical officer at CVS Caremark, said in a statement.
"As we have experienced elsewhere in New Jersey and in other communities in the U.S., strategic clinical affiliations between MinuteClinic and major health systems such as Barnabas Health enhance our ability to offer medical services to patients in convenient retail locations near where they live and work," Sussman added.
The Barnabas Health system in Monmouth and Ocean Counties includes The Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch; Community Medical Center, the Pediatric Subspecialty Center, and Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center in Tom's River; Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood; and a network of more than 4,600 doctors and 18,200 employees in New Jersey.
"Our new clinical collaboration with MinuteClinic is an exciting initiative that advances our mission to heal while focusing on innovative prevention and wellness programs," stated Barry Ostrowsky, president and chief executive officer of Barnabas Health. "Barnabas Health facilities are among our communities' strongest resources. MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics provide accessible, high-quality centers for promoting the health of our neighbors. Together, our partnership in Monmouth and Ocean Counties will enrich the health care that is offered to all."
Barnabas Health is the largest nonprofit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, with more than 2 million patient visits. The system includes six acute care hospitals, two children's hospitals, a freestanding behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state's largest behavioral health network and comprehensive home care and hospice programs.
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