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H.D. Smith readies for second major storm system projected to hit New Jersey, New York coastline

BY Michael Johnsen

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The New York Metro Division of H. D. Smith Wholesalers on Tuesday announced it has been preparing for the Nor’easter — anticipated to impact the northeastern United States as soon as Wednesday — by following the same emergency preparedness protocols the wholesaler had put into action both before and after Hurricane Sandy. 

"Our foremost priority is ensuring that local pharmacies — the first place so many people turn to for medical and emergency supplies — can help patients access the medicines and home health products they need," stated Dale Smith, president and CEO of H. D. Smith.

The New York Metro division prepared for Hurricane Sandy by providing extra deliveries and instructing customers to stock up ahead of the storm in case of supply chain disruptions. After the storm passed, the division was up and running on a generator and filled and delivered orders to hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and independent pharmacy retailers.  

"Thanks to proactive planning and preparedness, along with dedicated employees, … we were able to continue to supply vital pharmaceuticals, home health care, durable medical equipment, OTC medications and consumer goods to our many customers in the New York Tri-state area and beyond," added Christian Herrington, corporate VP operations at H. D. Smith.

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Yankee Candle Co. launches collection inspired by ‘The Sound of Music’

BY Rebecca Haughey

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. – The Yankee Candle Co. today announced the launch of its latest limited edition collection — My Favorite Things, inspired by the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein song from the musical "The Sound of Music."

The collection features three new fragrances: Brown Paper Packages, Whiskers on Kittens, and Schnitzel with Noodles. Returning from 2011 are Bright Copper Kettles, Crisp Apple Strudel, and Warm Woolen Mittens.

"We are thrilled to bring the memories of the Rodgers & Hammerstein song ‘My Favorite Things’ to life through fragrance," said Hope Margala Klein, EVP brand, innovation and merchandising for The Yankee Candle Co. "The collection brings you back to nostalgic childhood moments."

The My Favorite Things collection is available in large jar (SRP of $27.99) or special Samplers votive storybook gift set (SRP of $19.99) in more than 550 company-owned retail stores, select specialty retailers and gift shops, Yankee Candle Village stores and online at www.YankeeCandle.com from November through December, while supplies last.

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McKesson to acquire Emendo, a company that helps optimize patient flow

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — McKesson on Tuesday announced it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Emendo, whose CapPlan Predictive Capacity Planning solution equips healthcare providers to optimize operational performance by intelligently forecasting patient demand. 

CapPlan also supports clinicians in their delivery of quality patient care by using a patient-centered, enterprisewide view of activity to make real-time adjustments for patient flow and staffed capacity allocations.

“It’s estimated that there is more than $700 billion in waste across the U.S. healthcare system,” stated Chris Bauleke, president of Health Systems Performance Management for McKesson Provider Technologies. “Much of that waste results from inefficiencies that can be reduced with greater visibility to patient flow and the use of capacity management solutions. In turn, organizations can achieve better business results and also deliver higher-quality care that’s more patient-centered.” 

Bauleke noted that health systems can use capacity management solutions to fine-tune staffing requirements, procedure scheduling and resource utilization. “The potential savings and increased revenues from improved management of staff and other key assets are especially attractive as pressure mounts to reduce costs,” he said.

Unique in its ability to forecast future patient activity, CapPlan enables health systems to allocate resources efficiently while identifying unnecessary costs. By proactively managing clinician schedules and workloads, patient flow, length of stay and discharges, providers can achieve measurable results. For example, using CapPlan, a 400-bed hospital realized $895,000 savings for inpatient areas, and a 450-bed facility identified potential efficiency savings exceeding $1 million in the first year of use.

“Our team has focused on the intricacies of the healthcare setting and how to manage for sustained operational effectiveness,” Dave Tinkler, Emendo CEO, explained. “We provide actionable intelligence that hospitals and health systems use to manage their business operations on a day-to-day, hour-by-hour basis — no matter what comes at them.”

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