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CVS Caremark awards grant to help support Special Olympics expansion

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has awarded a $50,000 grant to Special Olympics to help expand the organization’s Healthy Young Athletes program, which provides healthcare services and support, early childhood intervention and preventive education to children with intellectual disabilities ages 2 years to 7 years old, the pharmacy retailer has announced.
 
Funding for the program was provided through the CVS Caremark All Kids Can program, which supports organizations that are helping all children on their path to better health. The funding will help Special Olympics expand Healthy Young Athletes into new geographies, doubling the number of Healthy Young Athletes events in the United States in 2013-2014.

"We are proud to support the expansion of Special Olympics’ Healthy Young Athletes program and to provide more children with access to important healthcare screenings that can help them on their path to better health," stated Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate philanthropy and social responsibility at CVS Caremark and the president of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "As we strive to build healthier communities, Special Olympics and CVS Caremark share a commitment to help improve the quality of life for children of all abilities and help them to be the best that they can be."

The funding from CVS Caremark All Kids Can will also support the development of a toolkit of resources that will be distributed to all Special Olympics programs. Additionally, new protocols for two health disciplines — FUNfitness (physical therapy) and Health Promotion (nutrition, sun safety) — will be added to the existing protocols in Healthy Young Athletes: Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes (vision), Healthy Hearing (audiology) and Special Smiles (dental) disciplines.

Healthy Young Athletes events will take place throughout the country, including in Arizona, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

CVS Caremark All Kids Can supports organizations that increase access to specialized medical and rehabilitation services and provide inclusive opportunities for physical activity, play and social enrichment. To date, All Kids Can has committed more than $60 million in support of nonprofit organizations that provide innovative programs and services focused on helping kids to be the best they can be, and has helped make a positive impact in the lives of nearly 20 million people.

 

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Aetna taps former Walmart exec Dijuana Lewis to lead Consumer Products and Enterprise Marketing organization

BY Michael Johnsen

HARTFORD, Conn. — Aetna on Thursday announced that Dijuana Lewis is joining the company as EVP responsible for the newly formed Consumer Products and Enterprise Marketing organization. In this role, she will be responsible for aligning consumer-focused businesses, products, services and capabilities to deliver a personalized end-to-end consumer experience that positions the company for long-term growth. 

Lewis will report directly to Aetna chairman, CEO and president Mark Bertolini and will be a member of the company’s executive committee.

“The future of health care will be driven by consumers and the increasing role they will play in managing their health and healthcare finances,” Bertolini said. “Under Dijuana’s leadership, we will align and energize the resources, technologies, products and people we need to truly personalize the healthcare experience and deliver solutions that keep people well.”

Lewis will oversee strategic initiatives and capabilities including Aetna’s private exchange strategy, consumer experience, digital assets and marketplace informatics and analytics.

Lewis comes to Aetna from Walmart, where she most recently served as SVP healthcare solutions. In this role, she was responsible for developing the company’s strategic direction for health care solutions in the United States. 

 

 

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Family Dollar opens 11th DC to support westward expansion

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Family Dollar earlier this week celebrated the grand opening of its 11th distribution center in St. George, Utah. 

“Opening our 11th distribution center is an important milestone for us,” stated Howard Levine, Family Dollar’s chairman and CEO. “This facility is ideally located to support our growth in the West, helping us keep our stores well-stocked as we continue to provide customers in this region with great value and convenience.”

Utah Governor Gary Herbert was similarly pleased about the new distribution center. “The State of Utah is proud to welcome Family Dollar’s world-class facility in St. George. Their distribution center will be staffed by Utah’s highly productive workforce and provide hundreds of jobs for southern Utah residents.”

Family Dollar’s distribution center measures 817,000 sq.-ft. and will service up to 800 stores. At full capacity, the facility will ship 40 million cases annually. 

 

 

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