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Anchor Bay Entertainment releases new ‘Chuggington’ DVD

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Anchor Bay Entertainment is bringing more "Chuggington" adventures to DVD this summer.

"Wilson And The Ice Cream Fair," the latest "Chuggington" DVD, is an all-new episodic collection that stars brave trainee Wilson, who must make a special delivery to the ice cream fair, help Frostini create a new flavor for the mayor’s banquet and help prevent a massive ice cream meltdown on the hottest day of the year. The fun continues when Wilson and friends Brewster and Koko visit the Chuggington ice cream factory, assist with a brave rescue at the Safari Park and embark on a journey to the ice caves. Alongside helpful such chuggers as Old Puffer Pete, and Mtambo, the young trainees discover important lessons about responsibility, cooperation, paying attention, overcoming fear and more.

"’Wilson And The Ice Cream Fair’ is an irresistible new title filled with positive messages for preschoolers and we’re very excited to give fans the opportunity to enjoy this delightful collection of favorite ‘Chuggington’ episodes — just in time to celebrate the start of summer," Anchor Bay Entertainment executive director of brand marketing Erin Carter said.

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Shoppers president to take on new position at Supervalu

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — The president of Shoppers Food and Pharmacy will transition to a new role, parent company Supervalu announced Tuesday.

Tim Lowe, who first joined Supervalu in 2009 as SVP operations at Shoppers until becoming president of the division, will become SVP of Supervalu’s merchandising organization — focusing on enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of merchandising while driving execution of national programs — and will transition to the new role over a period of time, the company said. Lowe will report to Supervalu’s EVP merchandising and logistics Janel Haugarth.

"Tim is an energetic and passionate leader who will join an already strong merchandising leadership team," Haugarth said. "His operations and retail leadership experience will enable him to ensure alignment between merchandising and operations, and other functional and store-level groups."

Supervalu said Kevin Holt, the recently named EVP retail operations for the company, will identify a replacement for Lowe at a later date.

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Study: Need for NPs, other healthcare professionals expected to increase

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALBANY, N.Y. — With state-led Medicaid redesign and federal healthcare delivery reform under way in New York state, the demand for nurse practitioners, physicians assistants and other healthcare professionals is anticipated to continue to increase, according to a recent report by the Healthcare Association of New York State, which is a statewide hospital and continuing care association.

“This report highlights the need for the training and recruitment of healthcare professionals to ensure that communities across New York state are prepared for an increased demand for healthcare services in the coming years,” stated HANYS president Daniel Sisto, referring to the 2012 Nursing and Allied Health Care Professionals Workforce Survey Report.

The survey noted that — assuming the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not repealed and millions of currently uninsured Americans gain access to health care — there will be a growing need for NPs and PAs, particularly in regions like upstate New York, where there currently is a shortage of primary care physicians.

To meet the expected increase in need for services, more than half of the hospital respondents anticipated growth in demand for healthcare professionals, with 57% indicating the expected need for NPs, 56% for PAs and 52% for registered nurses. Sixty-one percent of respondents indicated that nurse managers were very difficult to recruit.

Reflecting the increasing demand for NPs and PAs, 37% of responding hospitals indicated that NPs were very difficult to recruit and 40% stated that PAs were difficult to recruit. The reasons cited for the difficulty were shortages, geographic location and noncompetitive salary.

According to the report, NPs were much more difficult to recruit in upstate regions (53%) compared with downstate (24%), as were PAs (57% upstate compared with 25% downstate). Perceived shortages of these professionals were much more prevalent upstate, with 43% and 45% reporting shortages for NPs and PAs, respectively, compared with 10% downstate for both professionals.

The survey was conducted in collaboration with Greater New York Hospital Association, Western New York Healthcare Association, Rochester Regional Healthcare Association, Iroquois Healthcare Alliance, Northern Metropolitan Healthcare Association, Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council and the State University of New York Center for Health Workforce Studies.

HANYS represents 500 nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations.

To view the entire report click here.

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