Rite Aid donates money, supplies to San Diego Red Cross
CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid Tuesday evening announced that its charity arm, the Rite Aid Foundation, is making a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help the victims, families and communities affected by the wildfire devastation in San Diego County.
“Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by these devastating wildfires,” stated Mary Sammons, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rite Aid. “We are hoping that our donations can help make it just a little easier for those who have been impacted the most.”
Rite Aid also has shipped items, including eye drops, lip balm, sunscreen and hand sanitizer, as requested by the Red Cross chapter in San Diego, to be distributed at shelters for evacuees.
Rite Aid yesterday announced that customers impacted by the Southern California wildfires can continue to fill or pick up their prescriptions at any open Rite Aid, even if their neighborhood store has been evacuated. This includes prescriptions that have been filled at a closed store but not yet picked up.
Any other patient with prescription needs can be helped at any Rite Aid location, the company added.
Former NACDS counsel Kocot to join law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
WASHINGTON Law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP has announced the S. Lawrence Kocot has joined its national Health Care Group as senior counsel in its Washington, D.C., office.
Kocot, the former senior advisor to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, practice focuses on strategic business advice, public law, and policy and health care regulatory issues.
While at CMS, Kocot served as a member of the senior executive team responsible for managing policy and operations for the Medicare, Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs and the 92 million people they serve. He also was a key member of the management staff responsible for the launch of the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) and led several high profile initiatives, including pharmaceutical delivery in disaster response.
Previously, he was senior vice president and general counsel at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, where he was responsible for all legal matters and represented the industry to Congress, state legislatures and state and federal regulatory agencies.
Walgreens taps local vendors for Hawaii store opening
HONOLULU As it gears up for the grand opening of its first Hawaii store, Walgreen Co. said it is reaching out to dozens of local vendors to supply the store, set to open Nov. 1 on the site of a former Tower Records outlet on busy Kapiolani Boulevard in this bustling metro market.
Dana Psomas, district manager for the company’s new Hawaii operation, said Walgreens is setting up accounts with more than 50 local suppliers to help create a shopping environment that caters to the specific tastes of Hawaiian consumers. “We’re committed to offering a broad selection of local products so that from the first day, our customers feel at home in our stores,” said Psomas. “We’re especially proud to have so many local suppliers represented in a store smaller than our typical size.
“We’ve learned from our vendors what is important to Hawaii’s customers, and that’s reflected in our merchandise offerings.”
Those offerings will go beyond products that are traditionally supplied locally, such as bread, dairy products, soft drinks and water, according to Walgreens. The company is also using local suppliers for product categories that include candy, local snacks, grocery items, automotive needs, souvenirs and greeting cards.
“Being new to the market, their assistance is invaluable to us,” said the DM. “We want to…merchandise our stores to the local community, neighborhood by neighborhood.”
Walgreens plans to open three additional Hawaii stores in the second half of 2008 and eventually operate 25-30 stores across the state.
Marking another milestone, Walgreens will stage the grand opening of its 6,000th drug store Wednesday in New Orleans. The store, located in the city’s historic Carrollton neighborhood, is the company’s 48th unit in New Orleans, and marks an ongoing comeback for both the local Walgreens operation and the city itself following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
“And the growth will continue,” noted Walgreens in a statement. “By the end of next year, Walgreens will have more stores in the New Orleans metro area than it did prior to…Katrina.”