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Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, and Target Corp. announced a plan Thursday to place 31 additional Kaiser retail clinics in Target stores across Southern California.

Through the collaboration, Kaiser will treat its members and Target shoppers at the in-store clinics, branded “Target Clinic, care provided by Kaiser Permanente.”

The program builds on an existing partnership that began in 2014. Kaiser-staffed Target Clinics are already open in San Diego, Vista, Fontana and West Fullerton.

Four additional clinics in San Diego, Orange County and Riverside (Hemet) will open in November, with additional clinics set to open in existing Southern California stores over the next three years, officials said.

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

Kaiser Permanente will staff the clinics with licensed nurse practitioners and licensed vocational nurses, and will have physicians available via tele-medicine consultations.

Among the services Kaiser will offer Target patrons include pediatric care, women’s health care, monitoring and care for diabetes, cholesterol and high blood pressure, basic dermatology services and treatment for minor illnesses including strep throat, vaccinations, sinus pain, ear aches, asthma and cold and flu.

MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, has been providing administrative services to Kaiser Permanente in support of its four existing Target Clinics.

The Target Clinics will accept cash or credit, as well as a broad range of health insurance plans.

–City News Service

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