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Chain embraces retail clinic concept.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Since opening its first in-store clinics (then under the MinuteClinic banner) in Minnesota in 2003, Target has been a leader in bringing this popular health care concept to the public.

"The Target Clinic format was introduced in 2006 to provide guests with access to quality, convenient and affordable health care services," says spokeswoman Erin Madsen.

As of mid-July there were 37 Target Clinic locations, including 22 in Minnesota, seven in Maryland, five in Illinois and three in Florida.

"Target will open seven additional clinics in summer 2011: three in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, three in the Chicago area and one in the Fort Lauderdale [Fla.] area," says Madsen.

"Guest response has been very positive, so we are expanding the program to make our retail health clinics accessible to even more guests. We continually evolve our services to meet guests' needs."

Target Clinics offer convenient, walk-in medical care for minor illnesses and injuries, skin treatments, a range of vaccinations, and a variety of health tests and screenings.

"We also offer a range of unique services, including college student discounts. Those with a valid college identification receive 15% off any service, on-the-spot acne treatments and ear piercing," Madsen says.

She notes that Target Clinics are staffed by highly trained nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The clinics, which accept most insurance plans, are open seven days a week, including nights and weekends, with no appointment necessary.

"Target believes that quality health care services should be accessible and affordable for everyone," says Dr. Josh Rift, Target's medical director. "By opening new clinic locations, we will provide our guests with even more support and convenience."

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Publication:Chain Drug Review
Geographic Code:1U5FL
Date:Aug 29, 2011
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