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BestNursingDegree.com awards $7,500 in scholarships to promote nursing education

BY Antoinette Alexander

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — BestNursingDegree.com, an education and career resource for current and aspiring nurses, has announced the winners of this year’s “Back to School” nursing scholarships.

The scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, were created to support nursing education at various levels. Winners were chosen from a pool of more than 500 applicants on the strength of their academic and extracurricular records. The winners are as follows:

  • Donna Holder of Pickens, S.C., who will be attending Chamberlain College of Nursing, was selected for the RN to BSN scholarship;

  • Benjamin Hilliard of Littleton, Colo., was the recipient of the Accelerated BSN scholarship and is enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Colorado; and

  • Tresa Zielinski of Chicago was awarded a scholarship to pursue her DNP degree at Rush University.

Scholarship America, an administrator of private scholarships, managed the scholarship program. BestNursingDegree.com will begin accepting applications for the next round of the "Back to School" nursing scholarships in March 2012.

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Assured Pharmacy boosts sales, narrows losses in Q2

BY Alaric DeArment

FRISCO, Texas — Specialty pharmacy provider Assured Pharmacy had sales of $4.17 million in second quarter 2011, a 5.3% increase over second quarter 2010, the company said Tuesday in an earnings report.

Assured, which specializes in medicines to treat chronic pain, said the sales increase was primarily a result of a 7.7% increase in prescriptions filled compared with second quarter 2010.

The sales increase narrowed losses by 31.1% to $292,766 from $425,176 in second quarter 2010.

For the first two quarters of the year, which ended June 30, sales were $8.6 million, a 13.5% increase over second quarter 2010. Losses for the two quarters were $429,896, a 46.4% decrease from the $801,943 loss the company reported for the first six months of 2010.

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Hy-Vee CEO co-chairs Iowa health initiative

BY Alaric DeArment

DES MOINES, Iowa — Supermarket chain Hy-Vee is joining an initiative to make Iowa the healthiest state by 2016, the company said.

The Healthiest State Initiative will encourage individuals, businesses, organizations and communities to work together in improving state residents’ health and well-being. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Iowa ranks 19th in the country.

Hy-Vee CEO Ric Jurgens will serve as 1-of-3 co-chairs of the initiative, along with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield CEO John Forsyth and Doug Reichardt, chairman of the Iowa Sports Foundation and chairman emeritus of Holmes Murphy & Associates, an insurance firm.

The initiative is led by private business and has received endorsements from first lady Michelle Obama and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who announced the initiative alongside Jurgens and other political leaders.

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