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Walgreens helped raise $1.4 million-plus for JDRF in 2011

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Walgreens and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on Thursday jointly announced that Walgreens’ community-based programs helped raise more than $1.4 million in 2011 for JDRF causes. The year marked the 20th anniversary of Walgreens’ partnership with JDRF to raise funds for research to put an end to Type 1 diabetes.

During back-to-school season throughout the month of August, as part of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment, customers at more than 7,500 Walgreens stores could make donations of $1 or more at checkout. This effort alone raised more than $1.4 million for JDRF. Through Walgreens’ Crayola Campaign, $1 from every Crayola crayon 64-pack purchased at Walgreens in August benefited JDRF, raising an additional $20,000 for the charity.

"Walgreens is proud to support JDRF, and we’re thankful to our customers and employees who have helped raise more than $18 million toward Type 1 diabetes efforts over the past 20 years," stated John Gremer, director of community affairs for Walgreens.

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Former Walgreens CEO Rein joins Stat Health Services board

BY Michael Johnsen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Stat Health Services on Wednesday named Jeffrey Rein, former chairman and CEO of Walgreens, to the company’s board of directors.

“Jeff Rein’s invaluable and well-rounded experience working for, growing and leading the largest drug store chain makes him a tremendous asset to our board of directors,” stated Alan Roga, CEO and chairman of Stat Health. “Having a board member with Jeff’s experience, who’s passionate about health care, knows the industry and played a key role in launching Take Care Clinics at Walgreens will help take Stat Doctors to the next level.”

Stat Health Services is an eHealth services company utilizing technology to provide personalized, private, secure and safe 24/7 virtual house calls with a national network of board-certified emergency room physicians, helping patients with simple but inconvenient health problems.

Stat Doctors increases access to providers, improves quality of care and reduces costs, the company stated. The company offers such features as a secure single sign-on, a virtual waiting room, online medical consultations (what the company terms as "eVisits"), electronic health records and electronic prescribing.

Rein began his career at Walgreens in 1982 as an assistant manager and held numerous positions throughout the company before becoming chairman and CEO more than 20 years later. Rein earned his accounting and pharmacy degrees from the University of Arizona. He serves on the board of directors for Meijer Co., Midwest Young Artists and Midtown Educational Foundation.

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jack1000 says:
Apr-04-2012 11:12 pm

Health services has definitely gotten a great person. There is so much to get from his work. He did such a great job with Walgreens. I see a great future here.

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Walmart opens second supercenter in Chicago

BY Marianne Wilson

NEW YORK — Walmart on Wednesday opened its second supercenter in Chicago.

The opening of the 157,000-sq.-ft. store, located on the city’s South Side, followed the resolution of a seven-year battle between the retailer and the city’s labor unions and community activists. But sentiment changed as the recession-weakened economy and high unemployment supported Walmart’s case for opening stores in Chicago that would create jobs and bring in sales tax revenue. The chain also agreed to pay Chicago employees at least $8.75 an hour, which is 50 cents above Illinois’ minimum wage.

Walmart slated to open a third supercenter in Chicago next year, on the city’s Far South Side.

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