CVS, JVS open learning center to help disadvantaged
BOSTON CVS Caremark, in partnership with the Jewish Vocation Service, today opened its first CVS/Pharmacy Regional Learning Center. The goal of the center is to provide disadvantaged individuals opportunities to find employment and build careers.
Under the agreement, JVS will provide pre and post employment services to trainees, while CVS will provide a learning center to hire and develop associates. The Regional Learning Center houses classrooms and a mock CVS/pharmacy store—complete with a state-of-art pharmacy, photo lab and beauty center—to train new and current associates, from entry level to management.
“Thanks to CVS Caremark’s training program, thousands of Boston’s residents will be able to develop the skills needed to be successful in the workplace,” said Jerry Rubin, president and chief executive officer of JVS. “We are honored to support such a remarkable program and partner with an organization that shares a common goal of opening the doors to jobs with real career and earning potential for the Boston community.”
For the rest of this year, CVS and JVS are aiming to train more than 3,000 new and current employees at the center. Some of these employees will be welfare-to-work participants as well as refugees.
CVS has eight other learning centers located in Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
Walgreens completes tender offer for I-trax
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has completed its tender offer for I-trax, a healthcare operator that runs clinics through its CHD Meridian Healthcare and ProFitness Health Solution subsidiaries.
In March, Walgreens announced that it was pursuing I-trax and, at that time, the company also announced that it had signed an agreement to purchase Whole Health Management, another healthcare operator that operates clinics in almost 70 locations.
The plan for Walgreens is to add these two companies with its own clinics, operated by Take Care Health Systems. Take Care currently operates 160 clinics in 13 states and plans on having 400 more clinics in operation by the end of this year.
“We are very pleased to have successfully completed the tender offer and to be moving forward to extend our ‘Main and Main’ strategy to include health and wellness services at the worksite,” said Walgreens chairman and chief executive officer Jeffrey Rein. “The positive response we’ve received for our new Health and Wellness division from all corners of the healthcare and retail industries has been gratifying. We’re particularly pleased to be hearing from employers across the country who are excited about the prospects of working with Walgreens in new ways.”
Rein added, “The acquisition of these two market leaders truly transforms Walgreens in the healthcare space and reinforces the company as a trusted consumer brand in the eyes of our customer base. We’re looking forward to working with the entrepreneurs at both I-trax and Whole Health to grow the business and benefit from our respective expertise and strengths. We have already started planning our integration activities and are confident of realizing significant additional value for our shareholders.”
Walgreens Health & Wellness division will be based in Conshohocken, Pa., and will be run by Hal Rosenbluth, co-founder of Take Care Health Systems, newly-named president of this division and corporate vice president of Walgreens. The combination of I-trax and Whole Health Management will operate under the name Take Care Employer Healthcare Solutions.
Hallmark offers self-recorded musical cards in time for Mother’s Day
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Hallmark has unveiled its latest innovation for its greeting cards. The company now offers cards that allow the user to record messages into a card, which will then be followed by music.
Recordable Cards with Music allow the sender to record up to 10 seconds of a personal message, which is then immediately followed by a pre-recorded song clip. The message and music play whenever the card is opened. The company is launching the new cards to coincide with Mother’s Day, the third busiest business day for the company.
“Card senders are always looking for ways to tell loved ones how much they care. New Recordable Cards With Music let senders use their own voices to tell their moms exactly how they feel,” said Andre du Broc, editorial director at Hallmark. “There is nothing else like it in the greeting card industry.”
Hallmark offers 15 Recordable Cards With Music in the Mother’s Day greeting card line. For more about new Recordable Cards With Music, and to view and hear a demonstration, visit www.Hallmark.com/addyourvoice.