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MinuteClinic providing free diabetes monitoring service this spring

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — MinuteClinic has announced that this spring it is offering a free monitoring visit for patients with diabetes to help keep their health in check between visits to a primary care provider.

The complimentary monitoring service, which is available seven days a week, is administered by a MinuteClinic nurse practitioner or physician assistant and includes:

  • Hemoglobin A1C and blood-glucose test (as needed);

  • Blood pressure check;

  • Body mass index (BMI);

  • Cholesterol test;

  • Comprehensive foot exam; and

  • Microalbumin test (kidney function check).

The practitioner also will conduct a review of lifestyle factors and give immediate results and recommendations. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will share a copy of the visit record with the patient’s primary care provider.

"For the more than 25.8 million Americans with diabetes, MinuteClinic can be a valuable, and collaborative member of the patient care team, working in tandem with physicians and other medical professionals to ensure that patients with diabetes can access the care they need to stay on top of their condition," MinuteClinic chief medical officer Nancy Gagliano said.

Diabetes patients who take advantage of the diabetes monitoring services will each receive an Accu-ChekK 360-degree View data recording tool to take with them. The tracking tool provides a quick snapshot of a patient’s blood sugar patterns and also helps with monitoring meal sizes and energy and activity levels at specific times.

MinuteClinic also offers health condition monitoring services for individuals diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and asthma.

The free monitoring package is available through May 31, or while supplies, last and is not offered in Maryland, Massachusetts or Texas. Patients must be 18 years of age or older and there is a limit of one monitoring service per customer. Diabetes monitoring services at MinuteClinic are $79 or an insurance co-pay, outside the free offer.

Roche, the maker of Accu-Chek products, is sponsoring the free MinuteClinic comprehensive diabetes monitoring package program.


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Natura invites pet parents to ‘see beyond the bag’

BY Allison Cerra

FREMONT, Neb. — Natura Pet Products has launched a website that gives pet parents insight on where the company’s pet food ingredients are sourced and how the formulas are made.

Natura — whose portfolio includes Innova, Evo and California Natural brands — said SeeBeyondTheBag.com shares the regions where Natura’s ingredients are sourced through interactive maps and also presents a narrated video tour of the company’s own plant in Fremont, Neb. Website visitors also can view a timeline of Natura’s brand milestones and discovering the safety and quality checks that take place at Natura’s Fremont Innovation Center, which has received numerous certifications from food safety and quality control auditing organizations.

"Natura has among the highest standards in the industry, and because of this, we’re proud to be able to offer pet owners innovative resources for learning more about their pets’ food," Natura VP marketing David Everson said. "The See Beyond the Bag site highlights our Fremont facilities, our innovative product development capabilities and our high-quality sourcing standards, which we believe distinguish us from our competitors. We make these key investments because we strive to provide the healthiest pet food in the world."

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Walgreens adds seasoned technology, sustainability vet to board

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Tuesday evening elected Jan Babiak, a retired managing partner for Ernst & Young, to its board of directors. Babiak, who joins the board as an independent director, becomes the board’s 12th member.

“Jan’s diverse combination of leadership roles will provide us with additional financial insight and background on a wide range of strategic and business initiatives,” Walgreens chairman Alan McNally said. “Her experience serving numerous global business organizations will help to further accelerate our strategies and bring added expertise to our efforts, especially in the critical areas of IT transformation, as well as sustainability and climate change.”

“With her highly-regarded experience in IT, sustainability, audit and public policy, Jan will be a tremendous resource to our board and our company," Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson said. "She brings an innovator’s perspective that will be valuable in our transformation to a health and daily living destination, and her commitment to diversity initiatives and active career mentoring of men and women also will be extremely important in the years ahead.”

Babiak has nearly 30 years of global management and board level experience. At Ernst & Young, she held managing partner and board level roles in the areas of technology, climate change and sustainability, and regulatory and public policy. She served in consulting, audit and assurance roles for a broad range of clients in the financial services, technology, energy, media, transportation, government, retail and other sectors.

Babiak was founder and managing partner of Ernst & Young’s fastest-growing and most profitable U.K. practice, which provided IT security, transformation, program management and advisory and assurance services. With full P&L and operational responsibility, she grew the technology security and risk services practice in the United Kingdom, later adding Northern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (NEMIA), for more than 10 years while also serving on Ernst & Young’s U.K. operating board.

Babiak was appointed in 2006 to the NEMIA executive management board and as managing partner for regulatory and public policy in NEMIA, and was the board level sponsor leading all services related to climate change and sustainability across the NEMIA area.

In 2008, she created a new practice as Ernst & Young’s global leader for climate change and sustainability services, operating from the firm’s London headquarters. She was responsible for the strategy and delivery of commercially focused climate change transformation and sustainability services to clients, as well as providing coordination with government offices, regulatory bodies, national professional bodies and other stakeholders. She has led teams delivering advisory, assurance, tax and transaction services focused on clean tech, renewable energy, carbon trading, environmental policy and taxation, green building, green supply chain, carbon measurement and modeling.

Babiak joined Ernst & Young’s audit practice in Oklahoma City in 1982 after earning her bachelors of business administration degree from the University of Oklahoma that same year. She later earned an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio in 1989.

After retiring from a 28-year career with Ernst & Young in 2009, she became an independent board member the following year for Logica, an FTSE 250 publicly-traded technology company headquartered in the United Kingdom, where she is audit committee chair. In 2011, she joined the governing body of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales as a council member.

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