WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 19, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --MinuteClinic announced today that it has named Paulette J. Thabault, RNC, MS, JD, as its new Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer. In this role, Thabault will provide professional leadership to clinicians who staff MinuteClinic health centers and will help lead MinuteClinic's clinical and service excellence. MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS), is the largest provider of retail-based medical clinics in the United States.
Thabault has extensive health care and leadership experience and a career spanning more than thirty years. Most recently, she served as the State of Vermont Commissioner of Banking, Insurance Securities and Health Care Administration, where she oversaw financial services including health insurance, and was responsible for state planning for federal health insurance reform implementation, overseeing Vermont's hospitals and establishing requirements for transparency in health care quality and pricing. Previously, she was Vermont Deputy Commissioner of Health Care Administration and served as Vice President of Clinical and Legal Services for The Vermont Health Plan. Thabault also has had an outstanding clinical career as a Nurse Practitioner at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she also served as an administrative leader, and Harvard Community Health Plan. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Simmons College and a law degree from New England School of Law.
"We are very excited to have Paulette join the MinuteClinic team as our Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer," said Andrew Sussman, MD, President, MinuteClinic and Senior Vice President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "She has had an impressive career that includes clinical practice and health care administration. She will be a tremendous leader for us as we continue to evolve the MinuteClinic model of health care."
MinuteClinic health care centers are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in family health care and are trained to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumovax, and Hepatitis A & B are available at all locations. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help consumers identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
MinuteClinic was the first retail clinic to be re-accredited and earn the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval(TM) for consecutive evaluation periods by having demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety.
MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail health care centers in the United States in 2000 and is the first provider to establish a national presence, with approximately 500 locations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient needs, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has generated more than seven million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic consistently brings innovation to the marketplace and sets new standards for clinical quality that exceed the national guidelines established for store-based clinics. MinuteClinic is the first retail health care provider to receive accreditation (2006) and reaccreditation (2009) from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.