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FastMed Urgent Care taps former RediClinic leader as CEO

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX — FastMed Urgent Care on Thursday named Web Golinkin as its new CEO. In this capacity, he will lead FastMed's large and growing portfolio of walk-in urgent care health clinics located across Arizona, Texas and North Carolina.

"FastMed has an impressive track record of providing consumers with easy access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, which is needed in this country now more than ever," Golinkin stated. "I am excited about building on this foundation to expand FastMed's footprint, service offerings and delivery channels in ways that will help to build healthier and more productive communities."

Golinkin comes to FastMed with a 30-year track record of successful executive leadership, entrepreneurship and healthcare experience. Most recently, Golinkin served as CEO of RediClinic, one of the nation's leading operators of retail-based clinics, which he co-founded in 2005 and continued to lead after it was acquired by Rite Aid in 2014.

While at Rite Aid, Golinkin also served as CEO of Health Dialog, a leading population health management company, and as a member of Rite Aid's senior management team.

Golinkin also co-founded and served multiple times as president of the Convenient Care Association.
 

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Marvel’s ‘New Warrior’ Mister Immortal joins DexCom in throwing down against diabetes

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO — In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, DexCom has launched the “Call of the Warrior” campaign on social media to support those living with diabetes, a chronic disease that affects more than 30 million Americans. For every Warrior Call photo or video posted in November on Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #WarriorUp, DexCom will donate $1 to a diabetes charity.

“Diabetes is challenging, but it doesn’t hold me back,” stated film and television actor Derek Theler. “It’s Diabetes Awareness Month, so I decided to partner with DexCom, not only to bring awareness to diabetes, but to put diabetes on notice. A Warrior Call is whatever you want it to be; it’s how you face a challenge – a call of courage, a scream at the top of your lungs – whatever you call it, we’re telling diabetes that we’re not backing down.”

Theler, who was recently cast as Mister Immortal in Marvel’s “New Warriors,” has battled diabetes since he was three years old. To help spread the word and raise money for diabetes research, Derek posted his Warrior Call on social media and encouraged others to #WarriorUp. People across the U.S. are asked to follow Derek’s lead and post a Warrior Call of their own. Soccer superstar Jordan Morris, country singer Eric Paslay, NASCAR driver Ryan Reed and four-time Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman will post Warrior Calls throughout the month of November to help spread the word.

“As the leader and pioneer in continuous glucose monitoring, DexCom works every day to improve the lives of people living with diabetes,” said Kevin Sayer, president and CEO of DexCom. “Raising awareness for this disease that affects millions of Americans is critical as we work to improve diabetes management tools and hopefully one day find a cure. We are excited to see the world share their Warrior Calls on social media to send a message that we’ll never stop the fight against diabetes.”

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Half of providers tie diabetes treatment success to managing patient’s emotions

BY Michael Johnsen

PRINCETON, N.J. — Major portions of the American population with diabetes believe that their care requires much more than medicine, including emotional support and lifestyle management, and that diabetes care reimbursement needs to be broadened, according to a Novo Nordisk survey published Wednesday.

The survey, called Diabetes 360, found that nearly half (45%) of healthcare practitioners surveyed tied their success in caring for people with diabetes to their ability to understand and manage the emotional issues their patients face. As many as 42% of diabetes patients surveyed reported they feel guilty or anxious when they get off track with their diabetes management, and almost one-third of diabetes patients feel overwhelmed by their disease state. As many as 30% of patients surveyed believe that diabetes takes up too much of their mental and physical energy every day.

"In my years as both a patient and physician, I've been on all sides of the exam table. While medication is an obvious component of managing diabetes, it's only a fraction of the whole picture," stated Todd Hobbs, chief medical officer at Novo Nordisk. "It is critical to holistically understand patient needs and potential burdens, beyond just those related to their medication. And this is exactly what Novo Nordisk set out to do through the Diabetes 360 Survey. We're taking a full 360 view of patient care so we can serve their needs even better."

Not unexpected were findings on affordability, with two-thirds of HCPs believing access to new medicines should be improved. Approximately half (51%) of patients wanted medications to be more affordable. In addition, 22% reported difficulty in paying for their diabetes medications, and 8% of patients reported not filling their medication prescription due to cost.

The survey, conducted by Research Partnership, an independent healthcare market research and consulting agency, builds on Novo Nordisk's focus on addressing patient hurdles in the constantly evolving healthcare landscape, including creating new affordability options to lower out-of-pocket medicine costs. In 2001, Novo Nordisk launched Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs – a global partnership initiative for the advancement of patient-centered diabetes care.

The goal of Diabetes 360 is to strengthen collaboration across the diabetes community to make a meaningful difference in patients' lives.
 

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