Target partners with Kaiser Permanente on 31 Southern California clinics

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Target partners with Kaiser Permanente on 31 Southern California clinics

By David Salazar - 09/14/2017

PASADENA, Calif. — Target is bringing shoppers in 31 of its Southern California stores clinics staffed and operated by Kaiser Permanente. The companies announced the planned retail clinics Thursday, whose expansion builds on an existing collaboration they launched in 2014.

Currently, there are four Kaiser Permanente-staffed Target Clinics in southern California, with four set to open in November — two in San Diego, one in Orange County and one in Riverside —with the rest set to open in existing stores over the next three years.

"From annual flu shots to care for a child's sore throat, guests in our four pilot stores have told us they appreciate having access to high-quality health care services from Kaiser Permanente during their Target run,” Target senior director of wellness Steve Lafferty said. “Expanding the number of Target Clinic locations makes these offerings available to even more Southern California guests, and gives Kaiser Permanente members additional reasons to choose Target's easy, convenient and inspiring shopping experience.”

MinuteClinic has been providing Kaiser Permanente administrative services in support of the existing Target clinics, and it will provide the same services to the new ones when they open. After a clinic visit, Kaiser Permanente patients can receive a one-time fill at the CVS Pharmacy co-located to the Target Clinic.

"CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic are pleased to play a role in this unique health care relationship," MinuteClinic SVP executive director Sharon Vitti said. "Both CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic have a proven track record of delivering top-notch care to patients and we look forward to serving the pharmacy needs of Southern California residents through our presence in Target stores."

The clinics will be branded “Target Clinic, care provided by Kaiser Permanente” and be staffed by licensed nurse practitioners and vocational nurses, with physicians available for telemedicine consultations. It will offer such services as pediatric care, women’s health care, chronic disease monitoring and care, basic dermatology services and treatment for such minor illnesses as strep throat, vaccinations, sinus pain, earaches, asthma and cold and flu.

"This is the evolution of a successful relationship that is focused on quality and convenience," Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals president for the Southern California region Julie Miller-Phipps said. "We are proud to expand our existing efforts to bring affordable, quality health care to even more Target guests throughout Southern California."