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Bridget-ann Hart named KPH Healthcare Services president and CEO

BY Antoinette Alexander

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. — KPH Healthcare Services, formerly Kinney Drugs, Inc., has announced that Bridget-ann Hart has been promoted to president and CEO.

KPH Healthcare Services is a provider of pharmacy and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry.
 


In this expanded role, Hart will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of KPH Healthcare Services. Craig Painter, former CEO and chairman of the board, assumed the position of executive chairman of the board. Painter will remain actively engaged as chairman and will continue to be involved in the development of new business model strategies.
 


“Bridget is a dynamic leader who has the vision, the values and the passion to help lead our company into the future,” stated Painter, executive chairman of the board. “With Bridget’s proven track record of success, we are confident that she will drive future growth and long term value for our company.”
 


Hart, who most recently served as president of Kinney healthcare services, has been with the company for her entire career. She has held various senior leadership positions within the company in pharmacy and professional services, store operations, human resources, corporate development, and president and COO of Kinney Drugs stores.

As previously reported by Drug Store News, the regional player recently changed its named to KPH Healthcare Services to more accurately reflect the makeup of Kinney Drugs’ diverse range of pharmacy-related healthcare services.

Despite the name change, there has been no change in the ownership structure of the company, and the name change has not affected the identity of its divisions. Each division still uses its current logos and has maintained its brand distinction, including the well-known Kinney Drugs name and logo long associated with its drug stores.

The KPH Healthcare Services business model includes four divisions:
 

  •     Kinney Drugs, a chain of 100 drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont;
  •     Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which services long-term care and alternative care needs;
  •     ProAct Inc., a PBM company and mail-order pharmacy; and
  •     Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and
        chronic diseases.

 

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Philips introduces PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System with sonic technology

BY Antoinette Alexander

STAMFORD, Conn. — With more women seeking advanced technology in their skin care regimen, beauty brand Philips is bringing its technology to the United States for the first time with the new Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System.

From the manufacturers of Philips Sonicare, Philips PureRadiance uses sonic technology with advanced dual motion to provide a cleanse as gentle as hand cleansing yet 10 times more effective at removing makeup, dirt and residue, according to the company. A recent Philips study showed that 87% of women saw more radiant skin when compared with their regular cleansing regimen after two weeks of use.

Philips PureRadiance can be used with any cleanser making it an ideal complement to women’s ever-changing beauty routines. To launch the facial cleansing system, Philips PureRadiance partnered with celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas.

"I’ve been in business for nearly eight years and everyone always asks me the same question — what’s the secret to achieving healthy looking skin? Whether treating actors, models or my everyday clients, I give them the same answer — you must start with clean skin. Wash your face morning and night, and make sure to remove all of your makeup before bed. The skin repairs itself at night, so this step is extremely important," stated Vargas, who performs facials in New York City at the Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary. "Philips PureRadiance can be used on many skin types and conditions and is extremely gentle on the skin, which I love. It feels like a mini-facial and it removes makeup so much more effectively than washing by hand."

The Sonic pulses and gentle rotations provide a shaking movement that breaks up dirt, dead skin cells and makeup and provides a sweeping movement that dislodges and moves them away from the skin. Not only does Philips PureRadiance remove these impurities, it also stimulates blood flow for improved micro-circulation resulting in naturally radiant skin, and is approved for use twice a day.

"While we know that women are dedicated to finding the right product for their skin, we also know that for many, this regimen is often changing," stated Annette Domnik, senior marketing director, Philips Consumer Lifestyle. "Philips PureRadiance works hand-in-hand with all types of cleansers and the technology can help provide better absorption of moisturizers and creams. With two speed settings and a wide range of interchangeable brush heads including sensitive and exfoliation, women can create their own personalized highly effective skincare experience."

Philips PureRadiance is available in select Bed Bath and Beyond retail locations and on Philips.com for $149.99. Each model comes with a normal and an exfoliation brush head. A sensitive brush head may be purchased separately.

 

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Tummy Co. signs Indy driver Arie Luyendyk as brand ambassador for Relief OTC

BY Michael Johnsen

INDIANAPOLIS — On May 23, two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk and his son Arie Luyendyk, Jr. will introduce fans to a new form of heartburn relief as the official ambassadors for Relief OTC, a fast-acting liquid antacid, Tummy Co. announced Friday. “Heartburn is like having an inferno in your chest,” Luyendyk said. “Just as drivers try to shave off seconds on the racetrack, heartburn sufferers are in a race to find fast relief.”

Luyendyk will be on hand to share information about the product and sign autographs from 6 to 7 p.m on May 23 at the Whitestown Meijer store. Fans also can enter a raffle for tickets to the race on May 25.

Relief OTC is an orange crème-flavored drink available in 4-oz. and larger 12-oz. bottles, and can be found in Meijer stores beginning this month, Tummy Company stated.

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