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Good Neighbor Pharmacy, AmerisourceBergen to build five playgrounds

BY Michael Johnsen

BETHEL ACRES, Okla. — In May 2013, more than 200 playgrounds across central and eastern Oklahoma were damaged or destroyed in one of the nation’s worst outbreaks of severe weather. One year later, the drive and generosity of some central Oklahoma small business owners is bringing volunteers, money and some celebrity star-power to help rebuild the devastated community of Bethel Acres.

“I watched the storms devastate much of my state," stated Todd Pendergraft, owner and pharmacist of Broken Arrow Family Drug, a local Good Neighbor Pharmacy. “As an independent pharmacy and a small business owner, it’s my job to take care of our community and our patients. Giving back is one way that we try to be good neighbors.”

This community effort to build a playground in Bethel Acres was made possible by Good Neighbor Pharmacy members and AmerisourceBergen associates, who raised money to build the playground. 

The Bethel Acres location is one of five playgrounds that Good Neighbor Pharmacy and AmerisourceBergen will build in 2014. Two builds will take place in April and May in Ruleville, Miss. and Grand Rapids, Mich. The projects are being coordinated by KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit ensuring that all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive.

“This project is a testament to the power of community,” commented Scott Robinson, group VP Good Neighbor Pharmacy. “Children are particularly sensitive to the stresses of life after a disaster. Our independent pharmacists know that giving them an opportunity to play is critical in restoring their childhoods and resilience. Considering the needs of their youngest patients and their families is just one of the many vital ways they help maintain the health of the communities where they live and work.” 

Neal Davis, mayor of Bethel Acres, says the new playground will bring more than 1,000 kids in the community one step closer to having the childhood they deserve.

 

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Drive Medical introduces Bariatric Rollator walker

BY Michael Johnsen

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Drive Medical on Tuesday introduced the Bariatric Rollator walker.

The Bariatric Rollator features a 400-pound weight capacity and is extra-wide between the handles for more comfortable use. The 8-inch wheels are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. And the Bariatric Rollator includes a basket for carrying items. 

Other features include a soft padded oversized seat and a tool-free removable padded backrest for comfort.

 

 

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Coty names EVP, supply chain

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Beauty company Coty Inc. has appointed Mario Reis as EVP, supply chain, effective May 1.

Reis succeeds Darryl McCall, who will work on the transition and other projects to ensure continuity in supply chain performance before his retirement on Dec. 31, 2014. Reis will join the executive committee and will report to Michele Scannavini, CEO. He will be based in Geneva.

"Along with Coty’s executive team, I would like to acknowledge Darryl’s many talents and thank him for his outstanding contributions to our success. We very much valued his leadership in building a strong and reliable supply chain. He will be missed and we wish him all the best for the future," stated Scannavini.

Reis has more than 30 years of experience as a business leader and supply chain expert. He brings with him a skill set from running one of the most complex supply chain operations in fresh foods, to driving a business unit in an emerging market. Reis built his career during his tenure at Danone, where he held several senior executive positions within Worldwide Operations from 1996 to 2014. Most recently, Reis served as managing director of Danone South Africa. Prior to that, Reis worked at Mars Inc. and Bain & Co. in various business roles from 1986 to 1996.
 

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