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Energizer to roll out flameless wax candles collection

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS — Energizer has teamed up with Liown Electronics for its latest line of flameless wax candles.

Made with real wax and featuring advanced LED technology, Energizer said the candles offer the same benefits of a traditional flamed candle without the worry of open flames. The collection will include a broad range of colors and scents, traditional size pillars, as well as votives and a full assortment of seasonal options.

"People love the wonderful scents and ambiance candles create, but often are worried about the safety of an open flame," Energizer’s general manager of strategic ventures Anne Bannister said. "These candles are perfect for families with children and pets or those that worry about forgetting to blow out their candles. We expect a great response from retailers and consumers to our new LED flameless wax candles that are both safe and beautiful, and deliver the quality they’ve come to expect from the Energizer brand."

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CVS Caremark’s Brennan named to National Commission on Physician Payment Reform

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced that its EVP and chief medical officer Troyen Brennan has been named to the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform, an independent commission that will assess how physicians are paid, and how pay incentives are linked to patient care.

The commission is sponsored by the Society of General Internal Medicine. The new panel is comprised of physicians, representatives from health care, insurance, a state health department, as well as health policy leaders and a consumer representative. Commission members will offer a range of perspectives in their efforts to provide a roadmap of cost-conscious payment changes that will help rein in health care spending while at the same time optimizing patient care.

The commission will meet over the course of one year and issue recommendations in early 2013. The commission is funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, and the Sergei Zlinkoff Fund for Medical Education and Research.

Before joining CVS Caremark in 2008, Brennan served as chief medical officer for Aetna and president and CEO of Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization in Boston.


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Stop & Shop donated more than $22 million in 2011

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass., and PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop announced that its New England and New York Metro divisions and its customers were able to give back more than $22 million in 2011 into the hundreds of communities in which they operate.

The supermarket chain said 2011 was a benchmark year of commitment to alleviating hunger, supporting health and wellness initiatives with emphasis on healthy kids, as well as developing partnerships to support local communities. These accomplishments were achieved through partnerships with Feeding America, the American Red Cross, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and more, as well as such campaigns as Triple Winner, the chain’s Food for Friends campaign and more.

"Stop & Shop is thankful to have customers, associates, and partners who care about making a difference in the communities we serve," Stop & Shop New England division president Mark McGowan said. "The need is great everywhere — from providing meals to those who are going hungry or ensuring our kids grow to be healthy, productive adults. With the power of all of us coming together, we were able to make a real impact and truly help change lives last year. Stop & Shop cannot thank everyone enough for their unending generosity."

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