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Giant-Landover begins offering flu shots for 2013-2014 season

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. – Giant Food has started offering flu vaccinations at all of its in-store pharmacies, the supermarket chain said Monday.

Giant, based in Landover, Md., and owned by Ahold USA, said customers with a Giant Pharmacy Prescription Savings Care would receive $10 off the regular price of a flu shot and that most major insurance plans and Medicare would be accepted. Also, customers will be eligible to receive a coupon book with more than $40 in savings from various vendors.

"As stewards for the nation’s capital grocer, Giant Food associates have maintained their long-standing commitment to supporting the health and wellness of surrounding communities," Giant director of pharmacy operations Gayle Shields said. "The seasonal flu shots offered at scores of neighborhood stores in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C., exemplifies this promise."


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Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists honors Southern Illinois University pharmacy professor

BY Alaric DeArment

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists will recognize an Illinois pharmacy professor with a professional award.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville said Monday that Scott Bergman would receive the ICHP’s New Practitioner Leadership Award, saying the award recognized his professionalism, leadership and innovation.

"This award provides well-deserved recognition for Scott’s efforts with ICHP, as well as his efforts to increase local pharmacist participation in this state organization," SIUE pharmacy professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmacy Practice Mark Ruscin said. "It is critically important for the profession and for the School of Pharmacy to have faculty members like Scott develop as leaders within professional organizations."

Bergman began working for the school in 2006. He has developed a clinical practice in collaboration with infectious disease physicians at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfiled as well, and has provided patient care at hospitals and an international travel clinic. Last year, he helped develop a postgraduate training program in infectious diseases pharmacy.

At ICHP, he has worked with the organization’s office to develop monthly continuing education programs for local pharmacists and received the group’s Excellence in Innovation award last year.


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SoloHealth launches Obamacare awareness campaign

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ATLANTA — Kiosk maker SoloHealth will promote the new Health Insurance Marketplace and the website HealthCare.gov under an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, the company said Monday.

The company began running educational content last week across its network of more than 3,200 SoloHealth Station digital kiosks at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Safeway stores. The kiosks average more than 130,000 users per day, who spend about 4 and a half minutes per session for a total so far of more than 30 million sessions.

"Champion organizations like SoloHealth are already serving people and are a trusted source of information in communities across the country," Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services director of communications Julie Bataille said. "These organizations are natural places for people to learn about the marketplace, and we want to make sure that they have access to the tools and information to respond to people who want to sign up and enroll for coverage on Oct. 1."

SoloHealth CEO Bart Foster echoed Bataille’s sentiments.

"We are excited to partner with HHS and help share informative and valuable information about the upcoming Healthcare Insurance Marketplace so consumers understand their options and can take action," Foster said. "Our SoloHealth Stations are a prime vehicle to reach and engage with consumers when health is top-of-mind, with millions of consumers spending an average of 4.5 minutes with the station each visit. We are connecting daily with the target audience at high-traffic retail locations where they are frequenting and getting high engagement results."


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