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Walgreens promotes Rosenbluth, Hans

BY Jim Wright

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens announced Wednesday that it has named Hal F. Rosenbluth a corporate vice president and Rick J. Hans a divisional vice president of investor relations and finance.

Rosenbluth, 56, president of Walgreens Health and Wellness division, is the co-founder and chairman of Take Care Health Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary acquired by Walgreens in 2007. Take Care Health Systems manages 154 convenient care clinics located inside Walgreens drug stores and plans to have more than 400 clinics in operation by the end of 2008. At the clinics, nurse practitioners and physician assistants focus exclusively on the diagnosis and treatment of common family illnesses, vaccinations, physicals and screenings.

Walgreens Health and Wellness division was formed last month as part of Walgreens announced acquisitions of two leading operators of worksite health centers, I-trax, Inc. (AMEX: DMX) of Chadds Ford, Penn., parent company of CHD Meridian Healthcare, LLC, and privately held Whole Health Management of Cleveland. Upon closing of the transactions, Walgreens will have more than 500 worksite and retail health centers in 40 states, including its Take Care Health Clinics. Walgreens estimates the current potential market for worksite health centers and pharmacies includes more than 7,600 corporate campuses of 1,000 employees or more. 

Rosenbluth has 29 years of experience in the business-to-business sector as founder of Rosenbluth International a global travel management company. Through a series of acquisitions, he built RI into a $3 billion business with 4,300 employees operating in 15 countries before selling the company to American Express in 2003. The following year, he co-founded Take Care Health Systems, which opened its first convenient care clinic in November 2005.

Hans, 52, who has been serving as director of finance, also is an assistant treasurer for Walgreens and a chartered financial analyst, oversees investor relations, financial analysis, financial services, banking and employee stock plans.

Rick has developed excellent relationships with Wall Street analysts and represents us well to the financial community across the country,” Rein said.

Hans joined Walgreens in 1987 as a financial analyst after completing an M.B.A. at the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a B.S. in geology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas. From 1990 through 1999, Hans was a manager and senior manager in Walgreens real estate department. He was named director of finance in 1999.

Hans joined Walgreens in 1987 as a financial analyst after completing an M.B.A. at the University of Notre Dame. He also earned a B.S. in geology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas. From 1990 through 1999, Hans was a manager and senior manager in Walgreens real estate department. He was named director of finance in 1999.

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Duane Reade senior vice president D’Arezzo resigns

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Duane Reade announced on Wednesday that David D’Arezzo, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, has resigned, effective April 17.

According to Duane Reade, DOArezzo is leaving to assume a senior management position at a large southwest regional company. Additional details were not immediately available.

The Manhattan-based pharmacy retailer is currently searching to fill the chief marketing officer position.

“Dave has been a key contributor to our success over the last two years and the company is well-positioned largely due to his efforts to elevate our product offerings and strengthen the Duane Reade brand proposition,” said newly appointed chairman and chief executive officer John Lederer. “We thank him for his service to Duane Reade, as well as his leadership at an important time in the company’s history, and wish him well in his new role.”

On March 31, Duane Reade announced that Lederer, formerly Loblaw Cos. president, would assume the role of chairman and chief executive officer.

Lederer succeeds Rick Dreiling, who left Duane Reade in late January to steer the ship at discount store chain Dollar General. Since that time, D’Arezzo had served as interim chief executive officer.

In announcing Lederer’ appointment, the company stated that D’Arezzo would continue his responsibilities as senior vice president and chief marketing officer under Lederer.

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CCA partners with CDC for emergency responses

BY Antoinette Alexander

Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA — The Convenient Care Association, the non-profit organization representing the retail-based clinic industry, is looking to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explore ways to improve prevention, surveillance and emergency response to diseaseoutbreaks and crises.

“CCA is pleased that these discussions are under way, as this represents an important opportunity to leverage our national network of easily accessible healthcare facilities to improve public health outcomes and reduce costs,” stated Web Golinkin, chief executive officer of clinic operator RediClinic and president of the CCA.

The convenient care industry has recorded 3 million visits and is expected to serve an additional 3.5 million patients by 2009. There are nearly 1,000 clinics in 36 states, and that number is expected to double by the end of 2009.

Added Michael Howe, chief executive officer of CVS Caremark-owned MinuteClinic, “Our ability to see early indicators of infection in easily accessed and diverse locations around the country makes us a strong ally for public health. In addition, in the event of a health crisis, our locations and distribution systems are well-suited for the rapid delivery of countermeasures.”

“I am excited and optimistic about the potential for collaborating with CCA to increase access to preventive services for the nation’s population routinely, as well as in times of crisis,” stated Bradley A. Perkins, chief strategy and innovation officer for CDC.

Research from the New England Complex Systems Institute supports the need for a network that can deliver high-volume, low-complexity, high-impact preventive services. “The characteristics of the retail-based convenience care clinics match this need,” stated Yaneer Bar-Yam, Ph.D., president of the institute. “Their distinct capabilities complement those of traditional providers.”

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