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Cardinal Health raises $1 million for Wounded Warrior Project since 2010

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — Cardinal Health has invited customers to donate to Wounded Warrior Project for a few years now, but this year, its partnership with the organization reached a new milestone.

At the Cardinal Health 2013 Retail Business Conference, which took place Aug. 7 to Aug. 10 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, the company announced that since 2010 — with the help of employees, customers and suppliers — it had raised more than $1 million for WWP, including more than $160,000 this year alone.

Founded in Roanoke, Va., in 2003, Wounded Warrior Project sponsors 18 programs for wounded veterans, including programs focused on health and wellness, education and economic empowerment.

"Thank you, again, to everyone who made a donation or bid on an auction item," Cardinal Health SVP of independent sales Steve Lawrence told attendees during a special Aug. 9 presentation at Cardinal Health RBC. "You are making a difference in the lives of our servicemen and women." The Cardinal Health Foundation matches customer, vendor and employee donations to WWP, so the $1 million total includes contributions from the Cardinal Health Foundation as well as these other sources.

During the presentation, Sergeant First Class Norbie Lara, a major spokesman for WWP, shared his experience in military service and the importance of WWP to veterans like himself. Lara joined the Army in 1995 and served multiple deployments in Kuwait, Bosnia and finally Iraq, where while on combat patrol in 2004, a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle and shrapnel from the explosion severed his arm and ripped through his body, lacerating his liver and causing severe lung damage.

A highly decorated soldier, with awards that include a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, since retiring in 2006, Lara continues to help disabled veterans like himself transition to their new lives after injury by introducing them to the Wounded Warrior Project.

During the WWP presentation, Cardinal Health also celebrated the innovative programs its customers were developing and hosting to help drive WWP donations. For instance, one group from Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy, in Decatur, Ill., sponsored its second annual Warrior Walk, raising more than $15,000 for WWP, which it presented to Lara at Cardinal Health RBC this year.

"The Wounded Warrior Project brings new hope and quality of life to injured veterans returning home from active duty," Lawrence said. "Cardinal Health is honored to partner with the Wounded Warrior Project again this year to help fund and support its efforts."

To keep up with all the news from Cardinal Health RBC 2013, visit DrugStoreNews.com/Cardinal-Health-Retail-Business-Conference-2013.


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NACDS TSE exhibitors donate products to Las Vegas nonprofits

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — Following the completion of the inaugural NACDS Total Store Expo at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, exhibitors donated 6,000 lbs. of consumer goods to be dispersed to various charitable organizations throughout the Las Vegas area, NACDS has announced.

NACDS worked with Sands Expo to donate leftover products to local nonprofit organizations to be dispersed to those in need. Local nonprofits will benefit from donations, ranging from cosmetics, health and hygiene products, food and beverages, household supplies to other consumer products available in chain pharmacies.

“During these challenging economic times, we are deeply grateful to the exhibitors at the NACDS Total Store Expo for their product contributions to help those in need in the Las Vegas community,” stated NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.  “We appreciate partnering with Sands Expo to distribute these goods to local nonprofit organizations.”

The nonprofit organizations that will receive goods from the product donation include:

The Teacher Exchange: Created by The Public Education Foundation, The Teacher Exchange provides free resources to public classrooms, while helping the environment. Thousands of Clark County teachers benefit from receiving a variety of reusable, recycled and gently used materials, supplies and equipment. Since its inception, the organization has collected and recycled more than 1 million pounds of electronic hardware, paper and other classroom materials that would have otherwise been disposed of in local landfills.

The Shade Tree: The largest shelter of its kind in the state, The Shade Tree is the only 24-hour accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada. The more than 300 permanent beds provide more than 100,000 nights of shelter each year. The 38,000-sq.-ft. facility includes residential areas (i.e., sleeping rooms, libraries, training rooms, rest rooms and children’s play rooms), a main floor (i.e., kitchen, laundry, restrooms and showers, and services for victims of violence), and a basement for storing donations and shelter supplies. All of The Shade Tree’s services are provided free of charge, regardless of the length of stay.

Three Square: Three Square is the only food bank serving Southern Nevada. Its mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while pursuing a hunger-free community. Working with more than 600 program partners, Three Square combines food banking (i.e.,warehousing canned and boxed goods), food rescue (i.e., obtaining surplus or unused meats, bread, dairy and produce from hospitality and grocery outlets), and ready-to-eat meals, to be the most complete food solution for Southern Nevada. In 2012, more than 24.5 million lbs. of food, the equivalent of 18.8 million meals, were distributed.

Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada: VMSN provides health care to uninsured and unemployed residents of Southern Nevada, including the chronically ill and those seeking preventive care. Current services include adult and pediatric primary care, women’s care, newborn checkups and immunizations, basic diagnostic tests and medications. Future plans include the addition of dental, mental and vision services, as well as the opening of a second facility. In addition to a growing list of referral physicians, VMSN and has affiliation agreements with major teaching institutions and works with national pharmaceutical companies to provide medications for patients.

Another donation took place following the 2013 NACDS Total Store Expo. American BioTech Supply donated vaccination refrigerators and freezers to the Southern Nevada Health District, which provides vaccinations to 100,000 children in the region each year.  
 

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Absorbing the lessons from NACDS Total Store Expo

BY Jim Frederick

It’s been a week since the National Association of Chain Drug Stores wrapped up its massive Total Store Expo pow-wow in Las Vegas. Hundreds of retail pharmacy industry vendors have broken down their exhibits and cleared the cavernous Sands Expo Center for the next big event. By last Wednesday, the exodus of more than 5,700 exhausted conference-goers from Sin City had slowed to a trickle.

Now those thousands of participants are back at their jobs. And so begins for them the long process of assimilating the flood of information they absorbed at NACDS TSE. Among the dizzying lineup of seminars and discussion groups at this broad-based event were plenty of topics for both pharmacy leaders and front-end merchants, ranging from health reform and the emergence of accountable care organizations, new collaborative patient-care models and telehealth, to techniques for adapting to today’s digitally empowered consumer and smartphone-assisted shopping.

Running Aug. 10 to 13 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, TSE combined three major NACDS conferences: Pharmacy and Technology, Marketplace and Supply Chain and Logistics. It was the biggest single event in the chain pharmacy group’s history, and it packed a full schedule of speeches, educational sessions and vendor-sponsored get-togethers into its four-day format. Among the highlights: talks by former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson and chairman Bob Narveson of Thrifty-White; an update on the pharmaceutical market by Doug Long, IMS Health VP-industry relations; and a panel on the “new healthcare landscape” moderated by NACDS’ government affairs chief, Carol Kelly.

Also not to be missed: a full-strength performance at the final NACDS “Vegas Extravaganza” party by The Who’s Roger Daltrey. One of the best concerts I’ve ever witnessed at an industry event, and thanks to NACDS for bringing in him and his band – which included co-founder Pete Townsend’s brother Simon, if not Pete himself, and a stable of excellent musicians who replicated The Who’s sound flawlessly.

Drug Store News was at TSE full-strength, covering the event from top-to-bottom and publishing a 52-page daily edition. Highlights can be found at the DSN website, Drugstorenews.com, along with my coverage of the meeting of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and even slide shows of conference highlights.

Were you there? If so, feel free to share your experiences and impressions of this massive gathering.


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