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Take Care Health System makes donation to help further NP education

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Take Care Health Systems, which is owned by Walgreens, has made a “founder’s gift” of $100,000 to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Foundation to help further nurse practitioner education by supporting the Foundation’s Scholarship and Grant Fund.

As leaders in primary and acute care, the 140,000 NPs in the United States play a vital role in the healthcare system and are a key component of the solution for increasing the public’s access to high-quality, affordable care post-reform.

“Since its inception, Take Care has been committed to advancing the visibility and role of nurse practitioners, serving as a strong advocate for the profession and an employer of choice,” stated Sandy Ryan, chief nurse practitioner officer for Take Care Health Systems. “We are longtime supporters of the AANP and the Foundation. Our shared vision and collaborative efforts have benefitted nurse practitioners nationwide, and more importantly, the patients we serve. We’re proud to be the organization’s lead benefactor.”

The growing national shortage of primary care providers, in addition to the increasing number of aging baby boomers, is placing a high demand on medical care.

“Support for this fund helps make quality healthcare delivery a possibility for millions of Americans,” added Kay Todd, AANP executive director.

 

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Target tests omnichannel initiatives at new San Francisco office

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Target is hoping to tap Silicon Valley talent in developing its omnichannel business, the company said.

The mass merchandise retailer announced the opening of a new office in San Francisco that will allow it to work with technology companies in the area to create new digital and mobile shopping programs.

"The San Francisco office for Target is really part of a broader ecosystem of innovation," office director David Newman said. "For us, it’s really, ‘How do we get further ahead of some of the emerging technologies? How do we find those things that are just starting to be funded by the venture capital community?’"

According to Reuters, some of the new initiatives include "augmented reality," where shoppers can use smartphone cameras to get a digital view of store aisles.

 

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards more than $6M to literacy groups across U.S.

BY Jason Owen

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced today awards of more than $6 million in grants to more than 725 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations to support adult, family and summer literacy programs.

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $81 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

A complete list of grant recipients may be found here.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also is currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 23, 2013. Applications may be completed online at DGLiteracy.org.


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