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Rite Aid raises record-breaking amount for Children’s Miracle Network

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid raised $5.9 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2012, the retail pharmacy chain said.

The company said the amount marked a record and was 41% higher than the year before. Rite Aid has supported the organization for 18 years, and the money funds critical care, research and equipment at 95 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in communities served by Rite Aid.

"Rite Aid hit a fundraising milestone in 2012 by raising a record-breaking amount of vital funds for local children’s hospitals," Children’s Miracle Network hospitals president and CEO John Lauck said. "We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with Rite Aid and the amazing efforts of Rite Aid associates nationwide."

2012 also marked the first-ever mobile and social media campaign for the organization, allowing customers to donate via mobile text messaging and the company’s Facebook page in addition to purchasing paper Miracle Balloons. Funding was also raised through events such as plant sales, fishing trips and bowling matches.

"Each year, Rite Aid associates give their all when it comes to fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and this year, the results of their efforts were truly phenomenal," Rite Aid COO and Rite Aid Foundation president Ken Martindale said.


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Report: Albertsons expected to be reunited under one operator on Thursday

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOISE, Idaho — Supervalu’s sale of Albertsons stores to Cerberus Capital Management will reportedly close Thursday at midnight, according to a published report by StateImpact Idaho.

In January, Supervalu announced a definitive agreement under which it will sell 877 stores across the Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market banners and related Osco and Sav-on in-store pharmacies to AB Acquisition, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, in a transaction valued at $3.3 billion. The move reunites all Albertsons stores under one operator.

According to the StateImpact Idaho report, a Supervalu spokesman disputed that the Albertsons deal will be finalized by midnight on Thursday and said the sale is expected to be complete “some time this week.”

 

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TreatMyUTI.com offers online access to physician diagnosis, UTI treatment

BY Antoinette Alexander

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A new online service, dubbed TreatMyUTI.com, is offering patients what it says is the first online access to physician diagnosis and treatment of uncomplicated urinary tract infections with no office visit, exam or lab test required.

TreatMyUTI.com was founded by a group of physicians and this plan of diagnosis and urinary tract infection treatment is the first in a series of health issue diagnosis and treatment services that will be offered, the company stated.

It has been shown that women with the symptoms of burning and frequency of urination, without symptoms of vaginitis, have a greater than 90% chance of being diagnosed with a lower urinary tract infection. According to the company, a visit to a healthcare provider’s office, that includes an examination and series of lab tests, has not been proven to be more accurate over diagnosing a UTI than by history alone.

How it works:

  1. Visit the Web site to take a brief online assessment to register and start the process;
  2. Order your consult and the physician will contact the patient to gather the required information to make a diagnosis; and
  3. If appropriate, the patient makes a trip to the pharmacy to get the prescribed course of treatment.
     

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