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CVS Managed Care And Pfizer Health Solutions Launch First Philadelphia CVS Health Connection
PHILADELPHIA--(BW HealthWire)--April 15, 1999--CVS Managed Care Inc., and Pfizer Health Solutions, today celebrate the grand opening of the first Philly-based CVS Health Connection, which features convenient health education programs in local CVS/pharmacy stores.

CVS Health Connection is a community-based health education and resource center that provides current health information, health monitoring services, individualized care programs, and community sponsored programs to consumers in a convenient, Northeast Philly location.

Two full-time pharmacists will provide users of the center, located at 6501 Harbison Avenue, with health risk assessments, educational health seminars, referrals to local resources, and healthy lifestyle management programs for weight, stress reduction, smoking cessation and other lifestyle goals. The center will also offer on-going cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, and blood glucose screenings.

In addition, the CVS Health Connection center offers management support to people living with chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and congestive heart failure by providing care plans and monitoring between physician office visits. All care plans will be approved by the appropriate primary care physician, who will be kept informed of patient progress as monitored in the center.

The center also features options for visitors who prefer to research health questions on their own by providing three Internet stations and a comprehensive video and book lending library.

"Health Connection combines the best of CVS and Pfizer's expertise to provide integrated healthcare solutions in a pharmacy setting," says Chris Bodine, Senior Vice President of Health Care Services at CVS. "In the past, retail pharmacy, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and medical communities have tended to work separately to provide patients with the tools, medicine, and care needed to support health promotion and disease management. Now, we have a resource where we can share our skills and take even better care of the communities we serve."

Peter Brandt, Senior Vice President of Finance, Planning, and Business Development at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Vice President of Pfizer Health Solutions Inc, explains, "By working with CVS, Pfizer Health Solutions can bring its extensive health services capabilities to a community setting. In designing the services, we recognized that the center must benefit the community as a whole, as well as support patients' and physicians' needs. In the CVS Health Connection center, we use information technology to meet individual needs and customize condition-specific care plans based on the patient's level of knowledge and health goals. Ultimately, we believe this innovative approach to health promotion will enhance the delivery of health care."

The Center also houses a 590 square foot community room available to community organizations for health and wellness related seminars and clinics.

CVS Managed Care Inc. is a subsidiary of CVS Corporation, headquartered in Woonsocket, RI and the nation's leading drugstore chain in store count with more than 4,000 stores in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Pfizer Health Solutions Inc. is a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., a research-based, diversified healthcare company headquartered in New York with global operations in more than 65 countries.

     CONTACT: Schneider & Associates
              Julie Graf, (617) 536-3300

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