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Walgreens’ longtime EVP store operations Glenn Kraiss, 79, passes away

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Glenn Kraiss, retired EVP store operations for Walgreens, died Jan. 18 at age 79. His career with Walgreens spanned 50 years to his retirement in 1999.  

“Glenn was instrumental to Walgreens’ success during a period of terrific growth for the company," stated Greg Wasson, Walgreens president and CEO. "During his 50-year career, he was a friend to coworkers around the country, a true leader for our store operations division and a mentor to more Walgreens folks than he may have realized.”

Kraiss began his Walgreens career working the soda fountain in a Chicago store in 1949 while still in high school. He worked his way through college and then pharmacy school, rising through the ranks of Walgreens in a series of promotions, including store manager, district manager and regional VP.

From 1978 until his retirement, Kraiss had responsibility for all of Walgreens drug store operations. Over that 21-year span, the chain nearly quadrupled in store count and grew from sales volume of just over $1 billion to $15 billion in fiscal 1998.

Kraiss was a 1956 graduate of the University of Illinois pharmacy school. In 1998, he was 1-of-4 recipients of the University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award — the highest award given by the alumni association.

In speaking of Kraiss, Charles Walgreen III, retired chairman of Walgreens, recalled appointing him in 1978 to fill the position of leading the store operations division. Walgreen said, “Glenn was an outstanding executive, and key to the company’s turnaround and success.” 

Kraiss was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary. He is survived by his second wife, Joyce, and four children. 

A funeral service will be held for Kraiss Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. local time at Scottsdale Bible Chapel at 7601 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, Ariz.  

There will also be a funeral service on Jan. 26, at Calvary Church Chapel, 9200 St. Rt. 59, Naperville, Ill. That service will be held at 1 p.m. local time.

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Zipnosis now offering online diagnosis, treatment in 11 states

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zipnosis, which provides patient access to mainstream medicine via online diagnosis and the treatment of common health needs, has announced that its services are now available in 11 states across the country.

Patients who live in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin can now visit Zipnosis.com and receive a diagnosis and treatment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Patients use Zipnosis’ adaptive software interview to thoroughly collect their medical history in minutes. Within an hour or less, the patient receives a diagnosis and treatment, including a prescription if appropriate, from a board-certified, licensed clinician in their state. Zipnosis treats conditions such as sinus infections, female bladder infections and several other common ailments where there is medical evidence that supports treatment based on medical history alone. Zipnosis also licenses a “Powered by Zipnosis” package for partners who want a customized virtual care offering.

“Zipnosis has proven we dramatically shift the cost curve in health care. We’ve taken a two hour, $200 urgent care visit and made it five minutes and $25 using Zipnosis online.” stated Jon Pearce, Zipnosis’ CEO. “Over the past 18 months in a limited pilot in Minnesota, we’ve successfully treated over 12,000 patients, delivering close to $2 million in direct healthcare savings to patients and employers. Our next step is to convert those first 12,000 patients into 1.2 million patients and hundreds of millions in savings across the country.”

“We offer innovative access to mainstream medicine,” added Becki Hafner-Fogarty, chief medical officer for Zipnosis. “Our powerful innovative software provides robust decision support, allowing our clinician to provide high quality care that complies with national guidelines.”


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Kimberly-Clark appoints former Honda, IBM executive as chief information officer

BY Alaric DeArment

DALLAS — Paper-products manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has appointed Jennifer Sepull as its chief information officer and VP information technology services, the company said Monday.

Sepull, who will report to SVP and CFO Mark Buthman, previously was VP and chief information officer of the information systems division at American Honda Motor Co. She also previously worked for IBM and pursued several business ventures.

"I believe Jennifer’s engaging style, combined with her leadership experiences, will be a great fit as we continue to build talent and transformative capabilities in our organization, as well as prioritize and drive cost savings that will in turn enable greater investment in new capabilities," Buthman said. "Her experiences communicating and building strong relationships abroad bring a valuable perspective as we build our international business and develop relationships with delivery partners."


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