CVS to open drop-in medical clinic inside South State Street store
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
MinuteClinics — a division of the CVS Caremark Corporation — provide drop-in care for common illnesses and injuries, administer vaccinations, conduct physicals and monitor chronic conditions. The clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to the MinuteClinic website.
Lizzy Alfs | AnnArbor.com
CVS submitted a request to Ann Arbor’s Historic District Commission (HDC) to install a “MinuteClinic” sign on the exterior of its building at 209-211 S. State St. It would replace one of the “Photo” signs.
“MinuteClinic provides easily accessible healthcare services to the residents of Ann Arbor,” the HDC application says. “The purpose of the MinuteClinic signage is to ensure the residents have knowledge that there is a quick response healthcare center right inside their local CVS.”
The clinic was under construction Thursday on the second floor of the store in the pharmacy department.
MinuteClinics are open seven days a week and offer treatment for “common family illnesses,” such as strep throat, bladder infections and pink eye. Practitioners also treat minor wounds, offer routine lab tests and provide wellness services, such as smoking cessation and TB testing. (Learn more about services)
The clinics accept most insurance plans and posts service prices online for clients paying cash. Prices for initial treatment are listed as $79 to $89.
The South State Street MinuteClinic location will be the first in Washtenaw County. According to the MinuteClinic website, there are 12 clinics in southeast Michigan and 680 locations across 25 states. By 2017, MinuteClinic wants to have 1,500 clinics inside CVS stores.
The South State Street clinic is planning to open later this month, pending final approvals, according to MinuteClinic spokesman Brent Burkhardt.
CVS opened its store near U-M’s campus in 2011, after completing an $8 million renovation of the historic building.
Just down the street from the CVS, competing retail pharmacy giant Walgreen Co. signed a lease to open a store in the former Michigan Book & Supply building. Walgreens signs are posted in the windows of the building at 317 S. State St., and the store is expected to open in the first half of 2014.