CVS Caremark's Merlo attends reception to accept March of Dimes Citizen of the Year award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo was honored at a June 18 reception held at Providence Public Library for his and the company’s ongoing support of the March of Dimes mission.


(L to R): James Roosevelt, Jr., Tufts Health Plan CEO and grandson of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who founded the March of Dimes 75 years ago to bring an end to polio; Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee; Merlo holding the 2013 March of Dimes Citizen of the Year award; Dr. Michael Fine, state health director; Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, national March of Dimes Foundation president; and Betsy Akin, March of Dimes Rhode Island executive director.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, Merlo was named the 2013 March of Dimes Rhode Island Citizen of the Year. Merlo was honored for this achievement at a June 18 reception held at the Providence Public Library. The recognition and fundraising event raised $150,000 to help support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The event took place as part of the 75th anniversary year of March of Dimes and the 50th anniversary year of the pharmacy retailer.

The celebration honoring Merlo was chaired by Deborah Thomas, CFO of Hasbro and 2010 recipient of the March of Dimes Citizen of the Year award, and included guest speakers Dr. Jennifer Howse, president of the national March of Dimes Foundation, and James Roosevelt, Jr., CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and the grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who founded the March of Dimes to bring an end to polio 75 years ago.

During the recognition ceremony, Howse also presented the Virginia Apgar Prematurity Campaign Leadership Award to Gov. Chafee and Dr. Michael Fine, state health director, to honor the State of Rhode Island for a reduction in the rate of premature births. The award recognizes states that lower the pre-term birth rate by 8% between 2009 and 2014. Rhode Island’s preterm birth rate dropped to 10.4% in 2011, down from 11.4% in 2009. Fine is seen in the photo holding the award.  


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