The first QuickMedx centers (MinuteClinic’s predecessor) opened in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in May 2000. They offered treatment for seven common medical conditions: strep throat, mono, flu, pregnancy testing and bladder, ear and sinus infections. Services were cash pay only and a more affordable alternative to ERs and urgent care centers.
The demand for walk-in convenience led to quick growth, with several large employers asking their health plans to include QuickMedx in their networks. With the addition of insurance coverage and other improvements, QuickMedx became MinuteClinic in December 2002.
The business took off and MinuteClinic added clinics in more stores, as well as at corporate office locations in the Twin Cities. In August 2004, the company expanded with new clinics in Baltimore.
Less than a year later, MinuteClinic launched its relationship with CVS Corporation (now CVS Caremark) and opened its first walk-in medical clinics based in CVS/pharmacy stores in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Baltimore. This led to national expansion in CVS/pharmacy locations with MinuteClinics opening in Nashville, Indianapolis, Raleigh-Durham and elsewhere in Maryland. In 2006, CVS Corporation acquired MinuteClinic.
Also in 2006, MinuteClinic became the first retail clinic provider to earn accreditation from the Joint Commission. Formerly JCAHO, The Joint Commission is the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.
Now there are approximately 600 MinuteClinic locations inside CVS/pharmacy stores in 25 states and the District of Columbia. We have expanded services to include diagnosis and treatment of minor illneses, injuries and skin conditions; administration of vaccinations, health screenings, physicals and monitoring for chronic conditions. To help make our services more accessible to patients in the community and bring our clinical quality to an even higher level, we have formed clinical affiliations with 18 of the largest hospital systems in the United States. With more than 12 million patient visits, we are proud of our 95 percent customer satisfaction rating.
Every day, MinuteClinic practitioners help individuals, employers and health insurance plans access quality health care. We hope to have a MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic near you soon. Check Locations to see if we’re in your neighborhood yet.