Rite Aid takes big step in integrated pharmacy care
BUFFALO, NY — Top Rite Aid executives gathered at a local store, Monday morning, to unveil a pioneering, new health management collaboration — the Rite Aid Health Alliance.
Through the initiative, Rite Aid partners with local healthcare provider groups, such as the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, one of Rite Aid’s first Alliance partners. to leverage its pharmacists — and specially trained care coaches, a new role in Rite Aid stores — to help patients with chronic and polychronic conditions establish and meet certain health goals, which are established in coordination with the patient’s physician.
Provided through a partnership with Health Dialog, Rite Aid Health Alliance care coaches specialize in behavior change to help address patient lifestyle-health issues. Rite Aid has performed more than 2,300 health-coaching visits with almost 1,500 programs that were enrolled in the program, during the pilot phase of the program.
Walgreens opens net-zero energy store
EVANSTON, Ill. — Walgreens broke new ground with its store here, which stands as the first net-zero energy retail store in the United States. The 14,000-sq.-ft. space combines a variety of renewable energy technologies, including two wind turbines and 850 solar panels, to generate as much energy as possible. Eight geothermal wells burrowed deep into the ground help heat and cool the building, whose roof was oriented to maximize the amount of solar energy generated on site. The store was the winner of the Sustainable Store of the Year category in DSN sister publication Chain Store Age’s 32nd annual Retail Store of the Year Competition. With its array of energy-generating and energy-saving technologies, Walgreens Evanston is expected to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes, an environmental milestone for a retailer.
DSN celebrates CVS Caremark issue with exclusive Providence reception
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Despite a massive snow and ice storm, a large group of suppliers and CVS Caremark executives gathered here Feb. 5, for an exclusive reception to celebrate the Dec. 16 issue of DSN, which featured an exclusive 60-page report on the company.
In addition to a special donation on behalf of DSN in support of the CVS Caremark Employee Relief Fund, DSN also unveiled a special commemorative T-shirt for CVS Caremark associates bearing the iconic, Superman-inspired “CVS Caremark: Power of One” art from the cover of the Dec. 16 issue.
Did you miss the special report? You can access it here.