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Retail Clinician forms advisory board

BY Rob Eder

NEW YORK Retail Clinician in April announced the creation of a new board of advisors to provide important guidance and professional insight to the magazine’s editors and publishers related to the ongoing development of content and features, both in print and online at www.retailclinician.com, as well as conferences and events that target the retail-based, convenient care clinic industry.

The group, chaired by Take Care Health Systems chief nurse practitioner officer Sandra Festa Ryan, includes representatives from several of the retail clinic industry’s leading provider-companies, and overlaps with the Convenient Care Association’s Provider Task Force committee.

First up on the group’s agenda: identifying speakers and refining topics for the first annual Retail Clinician Congress, a three-day educational conference focused on in-store healthcare providers inin a retail environment.

The conference, which is being co-hosted by Retail Clinician magazine/The Drug Store News Group in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association, will be held in Orlando, Fla, in August.

The Retail Clinician Board of Advisors, includes:

Sandra Ryan, CPNP, chief nurse practitioner officer, Take Care Health Systems.A highly decorated Air Force veteran, Ryan is a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner with a vast range of worldly, well-cultured practitioner experience, Ryan has more than 22 years of nursing experience, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and has worked in multiple clinical settings, from charge nurse to director of ambulatory services to, just prior to joining Take Care, practitioner in one of the largest, most productive South Jersey pediatric practices.

Kevin L. Smith, NP, eirector of clinical services, MinuteClinicIn addition to his role at MinuteClinic, Smith is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing.  Smith is one of the four original architects of QuickMedX—which in 2002 remerged as MinuteClinic.

Carolyn Galloway, MPH, MD, FACEP, chief medical officer, RediClinicPrior to joining RediClinic, Dr. Galloway served as chief medical officer for AIG Travel Assist. Prior to that, she served as Medical Director of the Memorial Hermann Hospital Emergency Department.

Lisa Loscalzo, executive vice president-business development, The Little ClinicA founding member of The Little Clinic, Loscalzo has over 20 years experience in health care, in both long term and acute care practice management and ancillary services. Prior to joining The Little Clinic, Loscalzo, worked as a registered respiratory therapist and a licensed nursing home administrator in Kentucky.

Cynthia Graff, president and chief executive officer, LindoraA nationally recognized expert in the field of weight management, Graff has been actively involved in the growth and development of Lindora since 1988. Graff has been instrumental in developing Lindora’s clinical program as well as the online and by-phone options.

Rebeca Imgrund, chief nurse practitioner, SmartCareA formally trained family nurse practitioner with clinical experience in family, emergency, surgical and pediatric medicine, Imgrund came to SmartCare with 12 years experience in nursing. Most recently, Imgrund served as an emergency room nurse practitioner.

Tine Hansen-Turton, M.G.A., Executive Director, Convenient Care AssociationWith more than 10 years experience in executive management, Hansen-Turton, who writes a regular column for Retail Clinician magazine, also serves as vice president for Health Care Access and Policy for Philadelphia Health Management Corp., which provides executive management and administrative support for the Convenient Care Association. Hansen-Turton oversees the  National Nursing Centers Consortium and Health Promotion Council.

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Walgreens promotes Rosenbluth, Hans

BY Jim Wright

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens announced Wednesday that it has named Hal F. Rosenbluth a corporate vice president and Rick J. Hans a divisional vice president of investor relations and finance.

Rosenbluth, 56, president of Walgreens Health and Wellness division, is the co-founder and chairman of Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary acquired by Walgreens in 2007. Take Care Health Systems manages 154 convenient care clinics located inside Walgreens drug stores and plans to have more than 400 clinics in operation by the end of 2008. At the clinics, nurse practitioners and physician assistants focus exclusively on the diagnosis and treatment of common family illnesses, vaccinations, physicals and screenings.

Walgreens Health and Wellness division was formed last month as part of Walgreens announced acquisitions of two leading operators of worksite health centers, I-trax, Inc. (AMEX: DMX) of Chadds Ford, Penn., parent company of CHD Meridian Healthcare, LLC, and privately held Whole Health Management of Cleveland. Upon closing of the transactions, Walgreens will have more than 500 worksite and retail health centers in 40 states, including its Take Care Health Clinics. Walgreens estimates the current potential market for worksite health centers and pharmacies includes more than 7,600 corporate campuses of 1,000 employees or more. 

Rosenbluth has 29 years of experience in the business-to-business sector as founder of Rosenbluth International a global travel management company. Through a series of acquisitions, he built RI into a $3 billion business with 4,300 employees operating in 15 countries before selling the company to American Express in 2003. The following year, he co-founded Take Care Health Systems, which opened its first convenient care clinic in November 2005.

Hans, 52, who has been serving as director of finance, also is an assistant treasurer for Walgreens and a chartered financial analyst, oversees investor relations, financial analysis, financial services, banking and employee stock plans.

Rick has developed excellent relationships with Wall Street analysts and represents us well to the financial community across the country,” Rein said.

Hans joined Walgreens in 1987 as a financial analyst after completing an M.B.A. at the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a B.S. in geology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas. From 1990 through 1999, Hans was a manager and senior manager in Walgreens real estate department. He was named director of finance in 1999.

Hans joined Walgreens in 1987 as a financial analyst after completing an M.B.A. at the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a B.S. in geology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas. From 1990 through 1999, Hans was a manager and senior manager in Walgreens real estate department. He was named director of finance in 1999.

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Fred’s reports sales increase

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Fred’s on Thursday reported sales of $178.3 million, up 4 percent, for the five-week fiscal month of March ending April 5.

Comparable store-sales for the month increased 1.2 percent versus 4.4 percent in the same period last year. Excluding the 75 stores and 22 pharmacies that have been or will be closed under the company’s previously announced strategic plan to improve company performance, comparable store sales for the month would have been 1.7 percent, Fred’s reported.

“While the retail and economic environment remains skittish, putting pressure on our gross margin in the short term, our earnings outlook for the first quarter has not changed and we remain confident about the long-term benefits of our strategic plan,” commented Michael Hayes, Fred’s chief executive officer. “With implementation of the longer-term aspects of the plan now under way, we began closing our underperforming stores and pharmacies this month.”

During March, Fred’s opened two stores and one new pharmacy. The company expects to open a total of 18 stores and 15 pharmacies in 2008. Fred’s also closed eight stores and seven pharmacies during March. The company expects to close 75 underperforming stores and 22 underperforming pharmacies during the year.

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