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General imaging launching new camera on HSN

BY Doug Desjardins

TORRANCE, Calif. General Imaging’s new 12 megapixel E1235 digital camera will debut on Home Shopping Network March 14 before rolling out to retail stores.

The company’s first 12MPG camera will be available for an introductory price of $199.95 and will come with a black camera case and ArcSoft software that enables users to create greeting cards and scrapbooks with their photos. The E1235 comes in red and silver and features both blink- and smile-detection. “We are pleased that we can launch another GE camera on HSN because we’ve had great success there,” said General Imaging president and chief executive officer Hiroshi Komiya.

General Imaging spokesman John Schmid said the E1235 would be available at standard retailers soon after its HSN launch. HSN reaches 90 million U.S. homes and also sells products online. General Imaging currently sells its GE branded cameras in more than 22,000 retail stores.

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Carnival opens first in-store dental clinic in Texas

BY Antoinette Alexander

COPPELL, Texas The in-store clinic model continues to evolve as Carnival Food Stores has announced the opening of the first in-store dental center in Texas.

To develop the clinic model, Carnival partnered with All Smiles Dental and Orthodontics practice, which has 15 North Texas dental centers. In addition to operating the in-store clinic at Carnival, All Smiles also operates two mobile dental clinics that will visit a Carnival store every week on a rotating basis to provide basic dental health care beginning in April.

The in-store clinic will be located within the 55,000-square-foot supermarket at 3320 K Avenue in Plano. The new All Smiles Dental and Orthodontics center will be open during the week and on various weekends.

“Offering dental services is one more step we are taking to provide the best services to the neighborhoods we serve,” explained Michael Byars, chief executive officer for Carnival Supermarkets. “With All Smiles’ new clinic and its mobile units, both residents around our Plano store and shoppers at our other grocery stores will be able to receive low-cost dental care.”

All Smiles specializes in providing general dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and pediatric dentistry for low-income families. It accepts Medicaid, CHIP and PPO insurance programs as well as cash plans.

“The focus of the Carnival Super Markets on the Hispanic community, plus its commitment to preventative health education and healthy families fits in perfectly with our customer base. Now we have an opportunity to provide dental care in a convenient and practical setting for our customers,” stated Dr. Richard J. Malouf, founder and chief executive officer of All Smiles Dental and Orthodontics.

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Retail medical clinics open up in roadside truck stops

BY Antoinette Alexander

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., and ATLANTA Looking to help America’s truckers with their healthcare needs while on the road, Roadside Medical Labs and Clinics and Pilot Travel Centers are working to expand the new network of retail medical clinics.

The first location opened earlier this year at the Pilot Travel Center in Cartersville, Ga. According to Roadside Medical Labs’ Web site, a clinic is expected to open in Knoxville, Tenn. on March 20; in West Memphis, Ark. on March 27; and also will be “opening soon” in East St. Louis, Ill. Roadside stated that it plans to deliver 17 additional locations in 2008 and 20 more in 2009.

The walk-in clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Depending on state regulations, patients will be treated by a physician, physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner. While the clinics will keep many routine medications in stock, and dispense prescriptions to its patients, it is not a walk-in pharmacy. Services include acute care, wellness programs and DOT Services like physicals and drug screenings.

“We provide drivers with not only the medical assistance through our clinics to help with their existing health concerns, but also make it easy for them to integrate practical health care solutions into their schedules with healthcare coaching, trucker tips and exercises they can do in and around their rig to keep them on a better road to health,” stated Joe Neely, chief executive officer of Roadside.

In addition to acute care and DOT Services, Roadside has developed wellness and preventive programs. For $15 to $30 per month, drivers or companies can pick from a menu of wellness services including one-on-one healthy coaching via the phone. It has also developed a spouse outreach program.

Maintenance programs include:

  • Road Test: A complete physical assessment and annual medical planning.
  • First Gear: Routine monitoring, exercise program, & preferred pricing.
  • Second Gear: Customized online wellness center and Health Activity Tracker.
  • Third Gear: Bio-screening including a wellness bio-blood panel and DOT Exam.
  • Coaching: Dedicated to keep drivers on the road to a healthier lifestyle.

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