CVS closing 25 MinuteClinics in Southern California – Daily News

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CVS Health said it is closing 25 MinuteClinics in Southern California by late February.

The drugstore chain in a statement issued Tuesday, Jan. 30 would not say which clinics were shuttering or how many jobs would be affected by the closures.

CVS wrote that it “made the difficult decision to close 25 MinuteClinic locations in the greater Los Angeles area by Feb. 25 to help support future growth and design the next evolution of community health destinations.”

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Doug Sheppard said the CVS MinuteClinic in Mission Viejo had a sign indicating it was among the closures.

“Providers are being laid off,” he wrote Tuesday via email.

The nation’s largest drugstore chain has been cutting costs and last August warned investors that rising expenses in its pharmacy and insurance businesses would weigh on profit over the next two years.

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The company said it would offer “clinical team members different opportunities within the company, and those who are not able to find a new role will be offered severance benefits.”

The clinics, staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, offer an array of quick healthcare options for children and adults including vaccinations and treating minor wounds and joint sprains. Other services include sports and camp physicals, health screenings, TB testing and programs to lose weight and stop smoking.

The company said it will continue operating 11 MinuteClinic locations in the area, as well as providing a virtual practice with on-demand care available all week, including evenings.

As part of its cost-cutting efforts, CVS in mid-January said it would close dozens of its locations inside Target discount stores.

Bloomberg contributed to this report.

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