CVS Caremark names chief scientific officer and chief medical officer, provider innovation and analytics
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced the appointment of William Shrank as chief scientific officer and chief medical officer, provider innovation and analytics.
In this role, Shrank will focus on the development of innovative pharmacy solutions to help improve the quality of care while lowering costs in order to help health care providers deliver services to distinct patient populations.
Shrank will oversee the company’s overall research and clinical program development with the goal of delivering new methods of evaluating innovative programs and initiatives.
Shrank is experienced in pharmaceutical outcomes research and has published extensively on topics including the evaluation of various pharmacy benefit designs, the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug benefit, medication adherence for chronic conditions and ensuring high-quality patient communications regarding the risks and benefits of prescribed medications. Prior to joining CVS Caremark, Shrank was a practicing physician with Brigham Internal Medicine Associates as well as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Previously, Shrank served as director, research and rapid-cycle evaluation for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
"As CVS Caremark continues to focus on identifying and developing innovative pharmacy care programs that improve outcomes and reduce overall costs, Will’s depth of experience as a researcher make him uniquely qualified to oversee our research agenda," stated Troyen Brennan, EVP and chief medical officer of CVS Caremark. "His insights and expertise will enable us to continue to develop new solutions to improve care and quality for patients dealing with chronic disease."
"I look forward to working with the team at CVS Caremark to find new ways to further the company’s research efforts," added Shrank. "To date, CVS Caremark has built a strong reputation as a leader in medication adherence research and we look forward to expanding upon this focus and uncovering new learnings to help our clients improve outcomes while managing cost."
Harris Teeter raises $8.3 million in charitable donations over fiscal year
MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Monday announced the chain donated as much as $8.3 million to its nonprofit partners during its 2013 fiscal year ended Oct. 1. The company also donated 5.1 million pounds of food to hunger relief organization — more than 1.4 million pounds than the previous year.
Harris Teeter supports a variety of non-profit organizations in its communities including local food banks, recreational youth sports organizations, schools grades k-12 and United Way. The fiscal year 2013 giving total represents monies donated through a combination of company contributions, vendor-sponsored programs, in-store merchandising campaigns and donation card campaigns, as well as associate contributions made through Harris Teeter’s annual Community Cares Associate Giving Program.
Contributions made to non-profit organizations between Oct. 2, 2012 and Oct. 1, 2013 include:
$1.3 million to schools through Together in Education; $550,000 to hunger-relief organizations as part of a donation card campaign;$340,000 to JDRF as part of a donation card campaign;$587,000 to USO and Wounded Warrior Project as part of a donation card campaign; and$520,000 to United Way as part of a donation card campaign.
Harris Teeter’s Community Cares Associate Giving Program and United Way Donation Card Campaign marked the final charitable campaign in the company’s 2013 fiscal year. As part of the campaign, Harris Teeter associates made pledges totaling nearly $2 million to organizations including American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, United Way, food bank partners, Arts & Science Council in Mecklenburg County and the Hugh Ashcraft Foundation.
PopShoppe gourmet popcorn debuts in regional Sam’s Club locations
LAS VEGAS — Opportunity Village announced the arrival of PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn in regional Sam’s Club locations from Nov. 11 through Dec. 30.
The item was previously available at select locations in the Las Vegas area, but positive reception for the product resulted in a wider distribution. The popcorn will available in 30 clubs, including seven locations within the Las Vegas area as well as locations in Idaho, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
"Opportunity Village is thrilled to offer its products at regional Sam’s Clubs," stated Ed Guthrie, Executive Director of Opportunity Village and 40-year veteran philanthropist for people with disabilities. "Our clients, who we call OVIPs, take great pride in being able to share the fruits of their labor with friends and local communities. This has the potential to provide revenues for our organization that we could have never imagined years ago."
Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of adults with disabilities and is one of the most respected community rehabilitation programs in the U.S.