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New nonprofit clinic aids uninsured workers, families

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN ANTONIO A low-cost, nonprofit clinic located here recently celebrated its grand opening and is targeting uninsured working people and their families.

According to local news reports, the Faith Family Clinic held its grand opening at the end of January but has been quietly seeing patients since November.

Serving as the executive director to lead in the development and operation of the clinic is Jim Young. He has served as senior pastor of several congregations across Texas as well as with the Chaplaincy Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Most recently, he served with Baptist Child and Family Services of San Antonio.

Those patients who quality pay between $10 and $50 a visit, depending on income and family size. Services include preventative care and early intervention; management of chronic health conditions like diabetes and hypertension; school and athletic physicals; prescription assistance programs; screening and treatment for anemia, lead poisoning and STDs; spiritual support; and referrals for specialty care.

The clinic’s staff includes a nurse practitioner, physician assistant and administrator. In addition, it relies on a network of volunteer doctors who see patients.

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NACDS names Roger Merrill ‘Pharmacy Great Communicator’

BY Alaric DeArment

ALEXANDRIA, Va. An executive from Perdue Farms received the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ “Pharmacy Great Communicator” designation, NACDS announced Thursday.

Roger Merrill, a medical doctor and Perdue’s chief medical officer, received the designation on account of comments he made during a lecture last month at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, quoted in trade publications.

“Pharmacists could be hugely helpful in our patient-care continuum,” Merrill said in one of his comments. “Pharmacists know more than I do about drugs and drug treatment.”

The NACDS gives the award to people who “raise the public’s awareness of pharmacy’s ability to help patients improve their health-and-wellness, while reducing long-term healthcare costs, through strategies such as boosting medication adherence.”

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Fruth Pharmacy raises funds for Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation

BY Alaric DeArment

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. Fruth Pharmacy has started a fundraising drive for a local hospital, the regional retail pharmacy chain announced this week.

Fruth said that for every gallon of Fruth milk sold in its stores, 5 cents will go to the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation to help with the building of a new children’s hospital designed to serve southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio, with the goal of raising $25,000 in 2010. Broughton Food Co., which produces milk for Fruth, will add a new label to milk containers featuring the Children’s Hospital logo.

“Fruth Pharmacy is proud and honored to make a strong commitment to the Children’s Hospital project,” Fruth president Bob Messick stated. “The children of West Virginia deserve to have a modern, state-of-the-art facility to meet their healthcare needs.”

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