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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced that the first MinuteClinic in Nebraska are opening this week inside select CVS/pharmacy stores.
Two clinics opened Wednesday in Lincoln and one is opening Thursday in Omaha. A third clinic in Lincoln and three more clinics in the Omaha area will open later this month. MinuteClinic now has clinics in 29 states and the District of Columbia.
"We are excited to bring MinuteClinic's high quality, convenient and affordable medical services to Nebraska, our first expansion state in 2014," stated Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer, CVS Caremark Corp.
"We anticipate an increasing demand for services in Nebraska and believe MinuteClinic can be part of the solution to help broaden access to care."
Sussman added that MinuteClinic is committed to helping patients find a medical home and believes it can play a complementary role in working with primary care providers.
"About 50% of our visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays when patients may not be able to get an appointment with their primary care provider," Sussman stated. "And about half of the patients we see at MinuteClinic do not have a personal physician, due in large part to the severe shortage of primary care doctors in the U.S."
Patients who visit MinuteClinic without a primary care provider are provided a list of physicians in the area who are accepting new patients, stated Sussman.