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MinuteClinic salutes nurse practitioners during National Nurse Practitioner Week

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic is applauding the patient-centered care delivered by practitioners across the United States and supporting their role in helping to create broader access to quality and affordable health care during National Nurse Practitioner Week that began Nov. 13 and runs through Nov. 19.

"Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are at the core of the MinuteClinic model which relies on the outstanding care and educational support they provide to patients in our convenient retail settings," said Andrew Sussman, president MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer of CVS Caremark. "We have a tremendous practitioner team that I truly believe is unrivaled in today’s healthcare industry. Their role in treating patients and teaching and counseling individuals on how to make healthy lifestyle changes will become even more important as we expand our portfolio of prevention and wellness services."

MinuteClinic is one of the largest employers of nurse practitioners in the United States.  Nurse practitioners and physician assistants serve patients at more than 600 MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

MinuteClinic supports the work of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association and academic medical institutions across the United States in helping to educate student and practicing nurses and nurse practitioners.

"With the addition of 32 million newly insured patients as a result of health care reform and the growing shortage of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners are one of the fastest growing professions not only in health care but in any industry today," added Paulette Thabault, chief nurse practitioner officer of MinuteClinic. "We salute the universities and professional associations who are helping to grow and advance our field through teaching, research and training. And I thank my nurse practitioner colleagues and physician assistants at MinuteClinic for their commitment to the patients they serve and their dedication in fulfilling our mission to improve access to high quality health care in communities across the country."


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Sam’s Club donates $1 million to help end child hunger

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club announced that it will donate $1 million to support child hunger programs through Feeding America as part of its Holiday Taste of Sam’s Club event, which will be held from Nov. 18 to 20.

"Knowing that our annual Holiday Taste of Sam’s Club event helps raise awareness to the critical issue of child hunger in our country is extremely gratifying to the entire Sam’s Club family," Sam’s Club VP grocery Heather Mayo said. "Through our partnership with Feeding America, we have been able to provide meats, cheeses and baked goods for distribution to hundreds of food banks nationwide, donating more than 51 million pounds of food, which provided more than 39 million meals in 2010 alone."

The $1 million donation from Sam’s Club will help support families in need through Feeding America network food banks in 12 cities identified as having the greatest need:

  • Atlanta;

  • Chicago;

  • Dallas;

  • Detroit;

  • Houston;

  • Las Vegas;

  • Los Angeles;

  • Miami;

  • Phoenix;

  • Santa Clara, Calif.;

  • Tampa Bay; and

  • Washington, D.C.

"This gift — especially during the holiday season — shows Sam’s Club commitment to helping the Feeding America network provide food to the more than 37 million people who use our services," Feeding America president and CEO Vicki Escarra said. "But the problem is much larger than that. With nearly 49 million people, including 16 million children, in this country facing hunger, this grant will help us get more food to even more people in need."

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iHealth features healthcare docking station for Apple enthusiasts

BY Michael Johnsen

HARRISBURG, Pa. — iHealth, the blood-pressure monitor for the tech-savvy iPad user, is featured here on a Target shelf in central Pennsylvania. Just down the street is a Best Buy, where a technophile-friendly healthcare device like this may also gain traction.

While Apple provides no download numbers, the Apple App Store features more than 6,000 health related applications, according to an analysis from MobileHealthNews.com. Based on growth trends, MobileHealthNews.com estimates by August 2012 there will be more than 13,000 iPhone health apps available for consumers.

Tablet-friendly blood-pressure monitors may not just be for technophiles before too long.
 

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