Dollar General strengthens commitment to military community
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General has pledged its support of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, which promotes private sector employment for members of the military community.
This commitment is a continuation of the company’s efforts to extend job opportunities to those who have served or are serving our country, the company said. In 2011 alone, Dollar General hired more than 3,500 veterans, guardsmen and reservists. The company’s coast-to-coast network of 10,000 stores and 11 distribution centers provides a career path to begin and grow their careers.
"Dollar General will continue to hire from the military community as we expand our company by 625 stores and 6,000 jobs this year," said Bob Ravener, EVP and chief people officer at Dollar General. "We appreciate the attributes members of the military community bring to Dollar General, which mirror our focus on serving others."
The Joining Forces commitment comes on the heels of several successful job fairs hosted by Dollar General in collaboration with the California National Guard and ESGR in the central valley earlier this year. More military job fairs are being planned throughout California, and in other states where Dollar General has a presence.
Dollar General is the winner of the 2011 Military Officers Association of America Distinguished Service Award and was recognized in GI Jobs magazine’s list of Most Military Friendly Employers.
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Take Care Clinics’ Medicare wellness visits spell opportunity for retail clinics
WHAT IT MEANS AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT — The news that Take Care Clinics now are offering wellness services for Medicare enrollees clearly demonstrates that there’s an opportunity for retail clinics to fill gaps in care, and promote wellness and better patient outcomes.
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As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed last year under healthcare reform, Medicare now offers preventive wellness visits to millions of seniors enrolled in Medicare Part B and select Medicare Advantage plans. Yet, according to CMS, only a little more than 6% of eligible seniors actually are taking advantage of this opportunity to receive screenings to help them stay well.
Why? Because of a combination of low awareness that they even have the option and a lack of access — not all physician’s offices will provide the services. And even if a patient’s physician does offer the wellness visit, how quickly could that patient get an appointment to see the doctor? After all, it is no secret that this country already is grappling with a physician shortage.
That’s why it is important that Take Care Health Systems now is stepping up to the plate to offer these patients convenient access through its more than 360 clinic locations that have convenient hours and no requirement for an appointment. Clearly this is yet one more indication that retail-based health clinics — and the healthcare professionals that work in them — play a significant role in today’s healthcare system.
I'm not sure this is a good idea. I applaud the concept of helping Medicare Beneficiaries fully utilize their benefits, especially those at no cost to them. However, as an NP providing the Annual Well Visits I worry this might be confusing for many patients. I am just hoping there is plenty of education regarding exactly what this benefit is and an attempt is made to get this service provided by the PCP first. If, like mentioned in the article the PCP is not providing the service or if there is a long wait to schedule the service then thank goodness for retailers that provide this AWV!! Anyone else out there share my concerns?
Market speculates a Safeway sale; analyst suggests not likely
NEW YORK — Trading of Safeway shares on Nasdaq were up almost 75 cents in late morning trading on speculation that Safeway soon may be up for sale.
The speculation is borne out of a recent revision in the company’s change in control that would make retention of management easier and cheaper in a take-out, suggested Ed Kelly, Credit Suisse analyst, in a note published Friday morning. "While this is an interesting development, we do not believe it signals that Safeway is suddenly up for sale."
The changes made by Safeway are not uncommon, Kelly noted — Pepsi made a similar change in 2009. "We do not believe [Safeway] is a good candidate for a take-out by a financial sponsor," Kelly commented. "Supermarket retailing is a structurally challenged industry with thin margins."
In addition, the company has poor sales momentum and is more leveraged than it appears, given a large off-balance sheet multiemployer pension liability, Kelly added. "We also do not see an obvious strategic buyer for the company."
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