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Publix donates $3M to fund Habitat for Humanity affiliates

BY DSN STAFF

Publix’s Super Market Charities, or PSMC, announced that it would be donating $3 million to fund more than 215 Habitat for Humanity affiliates, shelters and other nonprofits across the Southeast.

“We are committed to the well-being of our communities,” president of Publix Super Markets Charities, Carol Jenkins Barnett, said. “Our foundation is continuing my father’s legacy of supporting the communities Publix serves and providing hope to those in need.”

The donation serves as part of the Lakeland, Fla.-based retailer’s commitment to help meet the basic needs of the various communities it serves through such services as transitional support, client service programs and financial support for housing, the company said.

PSMC began supporting Habitat for Humanity in 1989, with a contribution to the organization’s East Polk County affiliate in Winter Haven, Fla. The foundation has continued to support the organization and its affiliates, and other nonprofits that serve the hungry and homeless, the company said.

“Habitat for Humanity is very lucky to partner with Publix Super Markets Charities to build homes for families in need,” Julie Farish, executive director at Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County, said. “We value the support provided to us for nearly three decades. With their donations, we’ve been able to assist families in our community.”

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Rite Aid names SVP, chief information officer

BY David Salazar

Rite Aid has added someone with more than 20 years of tech leadership experience to its executive team. The Camp Hill, Pa.-based retailer announced Tuesday that Justin Mennen had been named to senior vice president and chief information officer, overseeing all aspects of its technology and information operations, including enterprise systems and applications, network, core infrastructure, and information security.

Mennen also will oversee development and execution of Rite Aid’s near- and long-term information technology strategy. He will report to Darren Karst, the company’s senior executive vice president, CFO and chief administrative officer.

He joins Rite Aid from CompuCom Systems, where he was chief digital officer and chief information officer. In that role he led the company’s digital business, overseeing digital strategy, innovation, digital buildings, consulting services, product engineering and enterprise architecture. He previously led tech organizations across several industries, including as vice president of enterprise architecture and technology innovations at Estée Lauder.

“Justin is a highly experienced leader with a successful track record in creating, driving and delivering value and results through innovative technology and digital solutions,” Karst said. “His experience will be extremely valuable to Rite Aid as we look to strengthen and modernize the company’s infrastructure to enable growth, drive efficiencies across the company and enhance the experiences of our valued customers and associates.”

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CVS Health expands MinuteClinic Video Visits to 2 more states

BY Sandra Levy

CVS Health’s MinuteClinic is rolling out its telehealth visit in New Mexico and Wyoming after launching the option in nine states and Washington D.C., in August, and an additional 7 states in October.

Working with Teladoc and leveraging Teladoc’s technology platform, patients can receive care via a MinuteClinic Video Visit, which is initiated through the CVS Pharmacy app.

“We’re excited to introduce the [states] to MinuteClinic for the first time through video visits,” said Marc-David Munk, CVS MinuteClinic chief medical officer and CVS Health associate chief medical officer. “At CVS Health, we’re committed to delivering high-quality care when and where our patients need it and at prices they can afford. This new MinuteClinic service offers residents access to an innovative, on-demand health care option right from their cell phone or computer.”

MinuteClinic has been testing telehealth as a method of increasing access to care in recent years. During the initial phase of testing, a CVS Health study found that 95% of patients who opted to receive a telehealth visit were highly satisfied with the quality of care they received. In the same study, 95% of patients were satisfied with the convenience of using the telehealth service and the overall telehealth experience. Video visits can be used to care for patients ages two years old and older, who are seeking treatment for a minor illness, minor injury, or skin condition. Each patient will complete a health questionnaire, then be matched to a board-certified health care provider licensed in their state who will review the completed questionnaire with the patient’s medical history and then proceed with the video-enabled visit.

During a MinuteClinic Video Visit, the provider will assess the patient’s condition and determine the appropriate course of treatment following evidence-based clinical care guidelines. For patients who require a prescription as part of their treatment plan, the provider will submit the prescription to the patient’s preferred pharmacy. If it is determined the patient should be seen in person for follow-up care or testing, the provider will recommend that the patient visit a health care provider in their community, such as their primary care provider or a nearby MinuteClinic location.

The service now is available in 18 states, and CVS Health said it continues to expect it to be available nationwide.

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