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CVS Pharmacy kicks off annual Project Health screening campaign

BY David Salazar

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health is bringing its annual free health screening campaign, Project Health, to 11 markets this year, delivering more than $5 million worth of health services to patients. From Sept. 7 through Dec. 17, CVS Pharmacy locations will host Project Health walk-in events at stores in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Forth Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as select stores in Puerto Rico.

"Project Health is part of CVS Health's commitment to improve access to health care and ensure that cost isn't a barrier to important preventive services," CVS Health chief medical officer Dr. Troyen Brennan said. "Our free health screenings can help identify health concerns or risk factors for participants who may not have access to care otherwise."

CVS Pharmacy has postponed a Project Health events in the Houston area, and said it plans to reschedule them for dates when it is safe and when the community will have better access to the services. The company on Tuesday directed additional resources to the Houston area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Project Health offers screenings for such areas as blood pressure, body mass index, blood glucose and total cholesterol to help detect risk for such chronic conditions diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

"These chronic conditions, which can often be life-threatening, can be treated very effectively when identified early, helping to improve a patient's health and well-being, as well as reducing costs for both the patient and the overall health care delivery system,” Brennan said.

Screened patients will have access to on-site consultations with bilingual nurse practitioners or physician assistants, who will analyze results and provide patients who require additional care with referrals to nearby no-cost or low-cost facilities, or their primary care physician.

Since Project Health was begun in 2006, CVS Health said it has provided $117 million in free healthcare services to more than 887,000 patients. Last year, the screenings identified that 49% of Project Health participants were overweight or obese, 39% had abnormal blood pressure readings, 31% had abnormal glucose readings and 38% had abnormal cholesterol levels.

This year, the company is partnering with the YMCA in Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles to encourage their members to participate in Project Health screenings.

"As a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving the nation's health, the Y shares CVS Health's goal to deliver preventive care, like screenings, in places where access is a barrier," YMCA of the USA president and CEO Kevin Washington said. "Taking health care out of clinical settings and putting it into our neighborhoods can save lives, reduce costs and make our communities stronger."

The events will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at select locations. The company’s site has a full calendar of events.

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Kroger dispatches resources to Texas region impacted by storm

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — As of Tuesday, 108 of 110 Kroger stores in the Gulf Coast region have re-opened and are back to normal operating hours, the company reported.

The two stores that are closed due to flooding are the Champion Forest/Cypresswood and Cypresswood/Hwy 249 stores. They are in the process of being restored to reopen and serve these very impacted communities.

To help patients impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Kroger’s Mobile Pharmacy Trailer is on-site at the George R. Brown Convention Center to serve displaced Houston families affected by Hurricane Harvey. To date, approximately 1,000 prescriptions have been filled.

In addition, a former Kroger store in League City has been converted into a distribution center for those in need. To date that impromptu DC has helped 1,700 families.

As previously announced, the Kroger Foundation is donating $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank, America’s largest food bank serving 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties, to supply operational support and meals to families affected by the floods.

In addition, product donations were made to the Houston Food Bank.

Kroger associates have also been pitching in on the relief efforts. As many as 300 Kroger colleagues traveled into Houston to help stores get back up and running, hailing from Dallas, Colorado, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, California, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, California and Tennessee. And more than 800 Kroger associates nationwide have donated to the Houston Helping Hands Fund, an employee assistance fund for their colleagues who were impacted in Houston.

Locally, 8-year Kroger employee Marcus Gary and a family friend wasted no time deploying three kayaks to evacuate their neighbors. And when 35-year Kroger employee Chuck Rathbun realized he couldn’t get out of his neighborhood during the flooding, he jumped in his boat and joined the rescue efforts. His efforts resulted in the rescue of 13 families, Kroger reported.
 
 

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Ken Martindale departs Rite Aid, company names new COO

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has announced that president of Rite Aid and CEO of Rite Aid stores Ken Martindale, will leave the company, effective immediately, to assume his new role at the helm of GNC as CEO. Rite Aid also announced it has promoted Bryan Everett, currently EVP in charge of store operations, to the newly created position of COO Rite Aid stores. 

In his position, Everett will be responsible for the company's store operations, merchandising, distribution and logistics. Everett will report to Rite Aid's Chairman and CEO John Standley.

"Since joining Rite Aid two years ago, Bryan has had a significant, positive impact on Rite Aid's store operations as well as in other areas of our business," stated John Standley, Rite Aid Chairman and CEO. "His exceptional leadership skills, strong industry knowledge and his proven track record of operational expertise and success make him the right person to lead key areas of our organization during this important time as we move forward to drive our business, create a great customer experience and deliver value for our stakeholders."

Everett has more than 20 years of experience in store operations. He joined Target in 2002, where he held various store operations positions of increasing responsibility. While at Target, he most recently served as SVP store operations. In that role, he focused on talent management, operational efficiency and integrated technology solutions. In addition, he led new format, new store and remodeling programs while also overseeing pharmacy and clinic operations. Before joining Target, Everett also held store operations management positions at Fleming Wholesale and ALDI.

"We also wish to thank Ken for his significant contributions to our company since joining Rite Aid in 2008," Standley added. We have all benefitted from the opportunity to have worked with Ken and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors."
 

At GNC, Martindale succeeds interim CEO Bob Moran, who has been elected non-executive chairman of the GNC board and will work closely with Martindale to ensure a smooth leadership transition and continued execution of GNC's transformation plan. As part of the transition, Michael Hines will step down as chairman, but will remain on the board. These changes are effective Sept. 11.

As CEO of Rite Aid Stores and president of Rite Aid, Martindale was instrumental in leading the company's transformation, including the rollout of a new store format and an expansion of the company's loyalty program.

"Ken is a proven leader with deep retail expertise, intimate knowledge of our business through his years of leadership with our partner, Rite Aid, and a record of success in transforming retail business models," Hines said. "I want to thank Bob for stepping in as interim CEO and for putting GNC on the right path. I am confident that Ken, with the support of the talented GNC team, Bob and the rest of the board, will continue to deliver improved performance and drive value for shareholders."

Martindale joined Rite Aid in December 2008 as senior EVP merchandising, marketing and logistics and was named senior EVP and COO in 2010. In June 2013, he was promoted to president and COO and took on the additional role as CEO of Rite Aid Stores in August 2015. Prior to joining Rite Aid, he was co-president, chief merchandising and marketing officer for Pathmark Stores.

"I have a deep admiration for GNC, the tremendous brand they've built and, in particular, the successful work they're doing to fundamentally transform the business model,” Martindale said. “I'm excited to work with Bob and the team to build on the momentum they've created."
 

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