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Watertree hires former NBA champion as celebrity spokesman

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Watertree Health has hired former NBA champion John Salley to market its free prescription discount cards, the company said.

Salley, who maintains a vegan diet, is a health and wellness advocate and has appeared in film and television. Watertree provides prescription discount cards and distributes them to anyone who needs help paying for medicines. According to the company, more than 100 million Americans don’t have full prescription coverage.

"What makes this such an exciting partnership is the belief we both share: that people deserve the opportunity to live healthy lives," Watertree CEO Matt Herfield said.

According to the company, the cards are accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies around the country.

 

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Two Care Pharmacy owner-operators recognized for contributions to industry

BY Michael Johnsen

LINTHICUM, Md. — Care Pharmacies Cooperative on Thursday announced that two of its member owners have recently been recognized for their individual contributions to pharmacy retailing. 

George Garmer, owner of Halethorpe Pharmacy and Independent Pharmacy in Baltimore, has been inducted into the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s Hall of Fame for Distinguished Community Pharmacists. The award recognizes exemplary leadership and a commitment to independent pharmacy and the community. “Anyone who knows George, knows how committed he is to serving his patients,” said Mike Wysong, CEO for Care Pharmacies. “To be honored by your alma mater in this way is certainly quite an achievement.”

Garmer is a 1991 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and has been involved in community pharmacy for more than 25 years.

Meanwhile, Mike Kim, owner of Grubbs Care Pharmacy in Washington, has been named the 2013 Howard University Pharmacy Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus of the year. The award recognizes outstanding achievement and overall service to the pharmacy profession. “Dr. Kim embodies everything that is right about community pharmacy,” Wysong said. “He is focused solely on delivering great customer service, individualized attention and customer oriented care” 

Kim graduated from Howard University College of Pharmacy in 1998 and is also a recipient of the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award and the Bowl of Hygeia award.

 

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Max-Wellness pilots self-care retail concept in Naples, Fla., retirement community

BY Michael Johnsen

CLEVELAND — Max-Wellness on Wednesday announced that it will open the first of its new concept Mini-Max stores in The Center for Healthy Living situated on the 83-acre campus of Moorings Park, an upscale Naples, Fla., retirement community. The grand opening will be held May 7 and will feature a number of services for its 700-plus residents and visitors, including medical and exercise facilities, a spa and beauty center and a 75-seat movie theatre.

“We’re extremely pleased to collaborate with Max-Wellness to situate a store in our new Center for Healthy Living," stated Moorings Park CEO Dan Lavender. "Our companies share a common objective to provide outstanding service and convenience for our residents, staff and guests.”

The merchandise selected for the Moorings Park location was done in collaboration with its medical staff and wellness providers. Products range from natural and organic vitamins and supplements to mobility devices, fitness items, braces and supports.

The Max-Wellness store at Moorings Park will be staffed by trained wellness advocates to help residents and staff navigate Max-Wellness’ "Product & Answers for Healthy Living"  offering. 

Max-Wellness reported that Moorings Park will be a prototype operation used as a springboard for future expansion in other markets throughout the country. "Today there are approximately 30,000 retirement facilities operating in the U.S., and Max-Wellness intends to focus primarily on upscale operations," said Max-Wellness CEO Michael Feuer. "Last year, Max-Wellness opened its first hospital Mini-Max test store, located in Lake West Medical Center, in a far eastern Cleveland suburb. The company is exploring additional hospital expansion similar in size to the new approximately 500 sq. ft. Moorings Park store," he said. "The hospital stores are typically located in the main lobby and feature products for patients to advance their rehabilitation and care after leaving a medical center."

 

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