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Corner Care Clinic signs agreement with Aetna

BY Antoinette Alexander

INDIANAPOLIS Corner Care Clinic has signed an agreement with Aetna to become a national provider.

“We are proud to be a part of the extensive Aetna health provider network, which provides benefits through employers in all 50 states, and look forward to growing our clinics across the country,” stated Julie Beckner, president and chief executive officer of Corner Care Clinic.

Added Allen Karp, Aetna’s vice president for Health Care Delivery, “Corner Care Clinic, and its growing number of locations, offers another option for our members and adds to our network of physicians, hospitals and providers.”

Karp stated that Aetna continues to encourage its patients to see their primary care physician, but recognizes the role that such retail-based clinics play in providing patients with convenient care for acute ailments.

Corner Care Clinic has opened 22 locations in Indiana, Ohio, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois and New York, with plans to open several more clinics by the end of 2007.

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Flanagan, Sesto named Walgreens vice presidents

BY DSN STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens announced that Roxanne Flanagan and Matt Sesto have been named vice presidents in store operations.

Flanagan will oversee stores in the Memphis and Nashville markets, while Sesto will oversee the Bakersfield, Fresno and Sacramento districts in California, as well as stores in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.

Flanagan joined Walgreens in 1993 as a business management intern in Chicago while attending pharmacy school at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. After graduation, she worked as a pharmacist until moving into store management. In 2003, she was promoted to district manager.

“Roxanne has an intense focus on pharmacy operations,” said Walgreens CEO Jeffrey A. Rein. “It’s one of her core strengths, along with recognizing the talents and abilities of others and helping them achieve their goals.”

Sesto started his Walgreens career in 1988 as a stock clerk and continued working for the company while pursuing a pharmacy degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. After graduation, he managed several pharmacies before being promoted in 1999 to district pharmacy supervisor. Sesto later entered store management and was named a store manager in 2001 and a district manager less than two years later.

“Matt has demonstrated a sensitivity to the needs of others and has shown a strong interest in advancing the pharmacy profession,” said Rein. “Like all our leadership, Matt and Roxanne have the talent that will help continue our strong growth at Walgreens.”

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Allegations surface about Giant Eagle’s winning LeNature bid

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH Giant Eagle’s winning bid of $20 million for bankrupt LeNature’s bottling plant was called into question Wednesday with both the Associated Press and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporting that Giant Eagle may have allegedly coerced Cadbury-Schweppes into not filing a higher bid.

Accordingly, the purchase is on hold while trustee Todd Nielson investigates those allegations. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 30 to discuss the allegations.

“We consider this to be a serious incident,” Neilson told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for Wednesday’s editions. “I”m not saying anything illegal, unethical, or improper occurred at this time.”

Giant Eagle has declined to comment, except to say that they are cooperating with the investigation.

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