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Daily Diversion: CVS-themed birthday party

BY DSN STAFF

 

A photo posted by Sarah Fortune (@sarahfortune) on Oct 15, 2015 at 7:42pm PDT

Blogger and mom Sarah Fortune has written about her daughter Iris’ love of her local CVS/pharmacy in Fayetteville, Ark., for about 10 months. So when Iris’ fourth birthday rolled around and she asked for a CVS-themed party, Fortune pulled through — as did the local CVS. 

“But when CVS headquarters heard about Iris’ party, they sent us tons of snacks, favors, and party supplies to celebrate. How cool is that?” Fortune wrote in a blog post about the party. “And when we told the local store manager about what kind of party we were having, he was so sweet to donate some CVS-brand water bottles to add to the goodie bags. Not to mention that her year was MADE when they flashed a big “Happy Birthday” message to Iris up on the big sign out front.”

Check out the photo from Fortune’s Instagram above, and click here to see more photos from the CVS-themed bash. 

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DSN/CCA webinar to examine use of big data, analytics in pharmacy, retail clinics and more

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Increasingly, insurers and healthcare providers are creating and analyzing giant data sets to support quality improvement, planning, population health management and cost effectiveness. Mobile phones, online shopping, social networks, electronic communication, GPS, and instrumented machinery all produce a mass amount of data as a by-product of their ordinary operations. Everyone is now a walking data generator and the data available are often unstructured simply waiting to be released.

To help key healthcare stakeholders and industry professionals better understand the critical importance of managing big data and harnessing control over an infinite amount of information, Drug Store News and the Convenient Care Association will host an exclusive webinar, “Big Data,” presented by CVS Health VP, enterprise analytics, Bob Darin. Slated for Wednesday, Nov. 11, “Big Data,” is part of the six-part, DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series, which runs through December. Click to register.

“Retail health clinics in traditional retail chain drug stores have become a critical boardroom conversation and a key platform to transform traditional brick and mortar retailers into integrated healthcare providers,” said Wayne Bennett, group publisher of Drug Store News.

“This educational platform is unique because the webinars are specifically designed for healthcare leadership and professionals and showcase the value proposition of the retail health industry,” said Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the Convenient Care Association.

Moderated by Drug Store News editor Rob Eder, the DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series, kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 3, and includes:

  • Integrated health care throughout the store, presented by Web Golinkin, CEO Rite Aid Rediclinic and Health Dialog.
  • The role of telehealth in retail health care, presented by Tobias Barker, VP, medical operations, MinuteClinic.
  • Partnerships in Population Health, presented by Patrick Carroll, MD, medical director for Walgreens Health Care Clinic.
  • Chronic Care and Retail Health, presented by Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, VP, affiliations and patient-centered strategies, The Little Clinic.      
  • Emerging Payment Models, presented by S. Lawrence Kocot, principal and national leader of the Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight, KPMG.

The DSN/CCA Retail Healthcare Webinar Series runs through December, with archived sessions available for one year at DrugStoreNews.com. For the complete webinar schedule, detailed session descriptions and registration information, click here.

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Kmart plans Halloween treats for shoppers

BY David Salazar

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart announced Tuesday that shoppers in the store on Halloween can expect to get a treat. The company said that shoppers in costume on Oct. 31 will receive a %%-off coupon for a purchase over $30. Additionally, the first 100 children ages 12 and under who show up to trick or treat will receive a fun-size candy bar.

“Halloween is a super fun time of the year for kids and kids at heart,” Kmart chief marketing officer Kelly Cook said. “At Kmart, we love seeing the creativity and energy that goes into costumes and home decorations each year,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. ”We want to remind our members about our amazing selection of costumes to help make this Halloween extra special.”

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