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Giant Eagle, University Hospitals open walk-in health clinics

BY Michael Johnsen

CLEVELAND Giant Eagle and University Hospitals last week announced a joint effort to open the first of four walk-in retail health clinics through clinic operator FastCare, located in Giant Eagle supermarkets across northeast Ohio.

“FastCare is excited to partner with Giant Eagle and University Hospitals to bring integrated, convenient, seven-day-a-week care to the Cleveland area. This service will improve access to care and help patients and employers minimize unnecessary emergency room visits and lower healthcare costs”, stated Ken Berndt, director of FastCare Development.

“Our partnership with University Hospitals takes our commitment to overall consumer health and wellness to a new level,” added Giant Eagle pharmacy VP Randy Heiser. “Our University Hospitals FastCare clinics provide Giant Eagle customers with fast and consistent access to a wide range of common medical services to accelerate their road to wellness.”

The types of conditions treated at the clinics will include sore and strep throats, fevers, flu and colds, ear and sinus infections, bronchitis, pink eye, bladder infections and allergies. The clinics will be linked to UH physicians, providing convenient access to University Hospitals’ community-based services. Upon registration, patient records are integrated with UH physician records. Additionally, UH FastCare will offer to send each patient’s primary care physician a report following any visit.

Heiser said that customers have reacted well to the company’s first in-store retail health clinic, which opened in one of Giant Eagle’s West Virginia stores in January. The clinics build on the company’s ongoing initiative to offer a broader range of health, beauty and wellness services, products and education via expanded in-store health-and-wellness departments. These departments are currently in select Ohio and Pennsylvania locations.

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Reports: Billionaire investor seeks to push out Genzyme CEO

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is trying to kick Genzyme CEO Henri Termeer off the company’s board of directors, according to published reports.

The New York Times reported this week that Icahn had filed a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission saying he wanted to replace four of the company’s executives, calling the company “broken.” The biotech manufacturer has recently faced manufacturing problems leading to shortages of two of its drugs.

On Thursday, Genzyme announced that it would buy back $2 billion worth of stock and also seek to offload its genetic testing, diagnostic products and pharmaceutical intermediates businesses by spinning them off, divestiture or management buyouts.

“Genetics and diagnostics are strong businesses that are both leaders in their fields,” Termeer said. “However, as we evaluated our company to create a mix of businesses that will delivery sustainable growth and stronger returns on invested capital, it became clear that these businesses do not fit within this strategy.”

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Whole Foods Market opens new flagship in Southern California

BY DSN STAFF

TARZANA, Calif. Whole Foods Market announced that it is opening its newest flagship store in Tarzana, Calif.

According to company, the 30,000-sq.-ft. sales floor will feature all the local, natural and organic products that Whole Foods Market customers expect plus a collection of specialties designed to bring the community’s favorite international flavors to Whole Foods Market’s newest location. The store will feature sit-down eateries, a wine bar and the largest olive bar in Los Angeles, according to Whole Foods.

“On behalf of the store’s 200 team members and our local businesses, farmers and vendor partners, I would like to thank the Tarzana community for the warm welcome,” said George Khoury, Whole Foods Market Tarzana store team leader. “We are proud to be a part of this exciting and unique neighborhood and look forward to building strong relationships with our neighboring businesses and families. We hope to be more than your local grocery store — we’d love to be your neighborhood gathering place.”

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