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Bartell’s donates eyeglasses to developing countries

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — A regional retail pharmacy chain is donating nearly 20,000 pairs of eyeglasses to poor communities around the world.

Bartell Drugs, which operates 58 stores in the Seattle metropolitan area, is donating more than 19,500 pairs of glasses to Medical Teams International, which will distribute them to impoverished communities in Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and the Balkans. The glasses are from the retail pharmacy chain’s back product inventory and will be donated instead of being returned to Foster Grant, the eyewear manufacturer with which Bartell’s has a long-standing vendor relationship.

"We are committed to providing care for people who struggle as a result of poverty, conflict and disaster," Medical Teams International CEO Jeff Pinneo said. "The struggle to see clearly is often one more roadblock on the path to a healthy, self-sufficient life. That’s we are enormously grateful for the generosity of Bartell Drugs and their contribution of eyeglasses. This gift will not only improve sight, but improve the lives of people in need in some of the most distressed regions in the world."

 

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University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics adopts Voalte smartphone communication system

BY Alaric DeArment

SARASOTA, Fla. — A Midwestern hospital system will implement a system in which nurses, physicians and others will use smartphones for communications.

Voalte, which develops a clinical communications system, said the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics would use its system to improve clinical workflow by using iPhones to merge voice, text and alarms, allowing patient care providers to send and receive high-definition voice calls, secure text messages and alarms on one device.

"The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is one of the top academic hospitals in the country," Voalte chief information officer Trey Lauderdale said. "As one of the country’s most technologically advanced hospital systems, it is an honor to be chosen to work with them on adding a mobile solution to their communications."


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Bi-Lo launches annual flu vaccination drive

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Supermarket chain Bi-Lo has launched an annual campaign to promote flu vaccinations.

The chain offers three vaccination options, including the standard vaccination, a high-dose vaccination for elderly patients and an intradermal vaccination delivered with a microneedle that is 90% smaller than traditional needles.

"We have the flu vaccine now and can offer customers quick and easy options to receive it while they do their grocery shopping," Bi-Lo VP pharmacy John Fegan said. "With the start of school, now is the perfect time to shield your health with a flu shot."

The vaccinations are offered on a walk-in basis, and customers receiving the vaccines will receive coupon books with $15 in savings on health and wellness products such as tissues and disinfectant.


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