GREAT NECK, N.Y., Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, the retail health care division of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) and North Shore-LIJ Health System (North Shore-LIJ), one of the nation's largest health care providers, have signed a clinical collaboration to enhance access to high-quality health care services in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Under the agreement, North Shore-LIJ physicians will serve as medical directors for MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics open seven days a week inside two CVS/pharmacy stores in Bellport and Syosset, Long Island, and one on Staten Island (Hylan Boulevard). The agreement also includes plans for future clinics in the region as part of a national expansion that includes 150 new clinics in 2013 to reach a total of 1,500 clinics in the U.S. by 2017. In addition, MinuteClinic and North Shore-LIJ will collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the services each offer. North Shore-LIJ facilities and their affiliated physicians will accept patients who need a level of care that is not provided at MinuteClinic services. Signage at MinuteClinic locations will inform patients that each site has an affiliation with North Shore-LIJ, which includes 16 hospitals, a network of nearly 400 outpatient physician practices, and more than 9,400 affiliated physicians throughout New York City and Long Island. "North Shore-LIJ's national reputation for clinical quality and excellence in adhering to best practices were important factors in the decision to affiliate with them," said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President, MinuteClinic and Senior Vice President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "We look forward to having their physicians collaborate with MinuteClinic's nurse practitioners to provide quality oversight, teaching and back-up so MinuteClinic can provide the best care at the lowest overall cost to New York residents." MinuteClinic medical clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who provide treatment for acute illnesses and administer wellness and prevention services, including health condition monitoring.