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Rite Aid pharmacist earns award from PPA

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid pharmacist and regional pharmacy recruiter Donna Hazel was named the 2010 Pennsylvania Pharmacist of the Year by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, Rite Aid announced Friday.

“I know I speak on behalf of everyone who knows and works with [Hazel] when I say she is very deserving of these honors,” stated Michele Belsey, Rite Aid VP college relations and professional recruitment. “Her passion for pharmacy and people is evident in all she does, especially so in her development of future Rite Aid pharmacists. Her talent and leadership are great examples of her dedication to pharmacy.”

Hazel received the award during the PPA’s annual meeting earlier this month. The award is given annually to the pharmacist who has demonstrated dedication to the profession, contributed time and effort to various professional organizations, furthered the profession through community services and embodies qualities that exemplify the profession.

Hazel also is the recipient of the 2010 George H. Searight Memorial Award, an annual award presented to a member of the PPA who has shown outstanding devotion and service to the organization, as well as to his or her local chapter, and who exhibits a strong commitment to high values and involvement in local community activities. Hazel currently is serving her third term as president of the Allegheny County Pharmacists Association, and also is the Southwest regional director for the PPA.

Hazel, a retail pharmacy veteran with more than 30 years of experience, joined Rite Aid in 1979 as a staff pharmacist. Since then, she has served the company in a variety of roles including pharmacy manager and pharmacy district manager before being named to her current position in 2005. As a regional pharmacy recruiter, Hazel works closely with schools of pharmacy and is responsible for interviewing and selecting both interns and pharmacists. She is a graduate of Duquesne University.

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Second time’s a charm: Navarro offers free Diabetes Club program

BY Antoinette Alexander

MIAMI Navarro Discount Pharmacies has launched the second year of its free Diabetes Club for customers and has expanded it to now include information on juvenile diabetes.

“This year, Navarro’s Diabetes Club will focus primarily on education specifically related to nutrition, exercise and prevention for adults and children with diabetes,” stated Albert Garcia, EVP pharmacy. “The goal of the Diabetes Club is to educate parents and children about good eating habits, what foods to eat and what foods to avoid, as well as regular exercise.”

Navarro Diabetes Club includes the following benefits:

  • Free prescription delivery to home or office;
  • Free 60-day supply of Premier Value insulin syringes;
  • Discounts of up to 15% off on all diabetes prescriptions, up to 25% of on diabetes supplies and 10% off on Navarro’s Premier Value products;
  • Free health screenings and glucose testing in partnership with Abbott Diagnostics and Clinical Divisions;
  • Educational programs held at different store locations on such topics as heart disease and diabetes, controlling diabetes by dieting and exercising, the effects of smoking in diabetics and living the best quality of life with diabetes;
  • Training on how to use new and updated glucose monitors;
  • Access to Navarro’s online Web resource center;
  • Invitations to monthly social and educational events; and
  • A quarterly newsletter with additional diabetes information.

In addition, Navarro has partnered with Abbott Diagnostics and Clinical Divisions as the title sponsor of the American Diabetes Association’s annual “Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes” in Miami on Nov. 6.

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Supervalu encourages healthy lifestyles with diabetes program

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu on Thursday announced the launch of a comprehensive, whole-store health-and-wellness program called “living healthy with my diabetes.”

 

The program offers a variety of resources to make life easier for customers living with diabetes, including educational materials, health screening tests, group and individual diabetes education and training programs, medication management consultations, nutrition information, dietary tools, products and other services.

 

 

In addition to the resources that will be available year-round, Supervalu will kick off the program with a number of special, limited-time offers between Nov. 7 and Nov. 20 in honor of American Diabetes Month, including free blood-glucose test screenings in selected locations with pharmacies on Nov. 13 and health screenings for A1c, cholesterol and liver function. Supervalu also will conduct “Eating Healthy with Diabetes” store tours guided by specially trained pharmacists and registered dietitians covering such topics as choosing healthier foods, reading Nutrition Facts labels and identifying better-for-you food options.

 

 

“Our neighborhood grocery stores are uniquely positioned to be a one-stop solution for people with diabetes,” stated Chris Dimos, Supervalu president of pharmacy operations. “In addition to offering nutritious foods in our grocery aisles, our pharmacists and dietitians can help educate customers, provide personalized training and guide them to the information, products and services they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The program is part of our commitment to provide convenient, affordable health-and-wellness solutions to our customers.”

 

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