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Meijer, Spectrum Health team on Mobile Mammography effort

BY David Salazar

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer and health system Spectrum Health’s Betty Ford Breast Care Services are partnering to bring mammograms to Meijer shoppers, according to a report from Grand Rapids, Mich., news channel Wood TV8.

The two have unveiled a 45-ft. Mobile Mammography bus that reportedly features registration and waiting areas, as well dressing rooms. The unit comes equipped with 2-D/3-D digital imaging technology that is used at Betty Ford Breast Care Services’ 14 clinic locations.

It will be at Meijer locations and underserved areas in the counties that Meijer serves, the report said, adding that Meijer will be launching the new Mobil Mammography unit on May 20 with an open house and tours of the Meijer Alpine store in Grand Rapids, Mich. It's set to return to the store for screenings on May 24. 

Meijer on Thursday offered a Facebook Live tour of the bus, which you can watch above.

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McKesson IDs Health Mart expansion, Walmart partnership as fiscal 2018 growth drivers

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN FRANCISCO – Heading into fiscal 2018, McKesson has some tailwinds that are driving optimism for the wholesaler, including a recaptured generics share in the independent retail pharmacy space and a burgeoning partnership with Walmart.

"In the first half of our fiscal year [2017], we saw increased price competition in the independent retail pharmacy channel, which eventually resulted in reduced volumes for McKesson," acknowledged John Hammergren, chairman and CEO. But the wholesaler has recaptured that lost volume, he said. "In the end, it was important that we were able to recapture our volume, but is even more significant to retain and build upon on our longstanding relationships we’ve established with [the] customer base," Hammergren added. "This included expanding our Health Mart franchises … adding hundreds of new stores."

And the company's year-old generics sourcing partnership with Walmart, ClarusONE, has also made significant progress, Hammergren said. "We are encouraged by the first year success of this initiative, which demonstrates how our sourcing expertise delivers significant value. [And] we are optimistic that we will identify expanded opportunities to partner with Walmart in the future."

"This new organization first, focused on harmonizing pricing across our respective sourcing arrangement," added James Beer, EVP and CFO, McKesson. "This was completed late in fiscal 2017. Walmart is realizing the benefits from this initiative, and we are now progressing on discussions with manufacturers based on our joint volumes from which we expect to share additional synergies." he said. "However, it is important to note that the economics from ClarusONE … represents only a portion of the overall value of the expanded relationship with Walmart."

"As we exit a challenging fiscal year, I am encouraged by our strong fourth-quarter results,” Hammergren stated. “Our Fiscal 2017 was impacted by both company-specific and industry pressures. However, due to the actions we have taken, I believe we have positioned our businesses well to address evolving market dynamics and to capitalize on future growth opportunities.”

McKesson reported revenues of $48.7 billion, up 4%, for the fourth quarter ended March 31. For the fiscal year, McKesson had revenues of $198.5 billion, also up 4%.

“Despite the difficult business environment, we were able to drive record operating cash flow results in Fiscal 2017,” Hammergren continued. “We were also pleased with the creation of Change Healthcare, which we believe will drive significant value for our shareholders.”

 

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CVS Health to host Baseball Camp for Veterans on May 25

BY Brian Berk

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health will kick off Memorial Day celebrations on May 25 with a special event when it hosts a group of military veterans from across New England at Fenway Park. The seventh-annual CVS Health Baseball Camp for Veterans is a full-day event, including on-field batting practice with Red Sox Hitting Coaches Chili Davis and Victor Rodriguez, a VIP tour of Fenway Park and tickets to the night’s game.

The event is part of CVS Health’s commitment to America’s military heroes and veterans of all abilities. 

In addition to on-field batting practice and a VIP tour, participants will enjoy lunch in the Red Sox dugout; have photos taken in front of the Green Monster; and gain early entry to pregame batting practice and receive tickets to the evening’s game in the CVS Pharmacy Family section.

The veterans participating in the CVS Health Baseball Camp are from the Salute Military Golf Association of New England — a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the game of golf to post 9/11 veterans throughout New England as a form of mental and physical rehabilitation. 

The participating veterans are from the following states and towns:

  • Massachusetts — Attleboro, Bellingham, Boston, Chicopee, Fall River, Gardner, Halifax, Haverhill, Leominster, Mansfield, Montague, Orange, Spencer, Stoneham, Weymouth and Wilmington
  • Rhode Island — Manville, Pawtucket and Warwick

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