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Kinney Drugs opens Healthy You Wellness Center

BY Antoinette Alexander

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. and SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Regional player Kinney Drugs has teamed up with Pulmonary Health Physicians, PC and Franciscan Companies (an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Hospital) to open the Healthy You Wellness Center at a Kinney Drugs location in Syracuse. 
 


“Access to convenient and affordable health care is a growing concern for the communities that we serve. We expect this problem to only worsen as millions of more patients gain medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act without a corresponding increase of medical providers available to treat them,” stated Mike Duteau, VP of business development and strategic relations for Kinney Drugs. “The Healthy You Wellness Center at Kinney Drugs is a collaborative effort designed to address the need for greater access to affordable health services in the Syracuse market, bridging the gaps in care coordination among health care providers and ultimately resulting in improved quality of care and health outcomes. As the premier provider of pharmacy health care services in our communities, the health and well-being of our patients is our top priority.”
 


Staffed by specialists from Pulmonary Health Physicians, PC, Healthy You Wellness Center will focus on disease state management as well as immediate care for certain health concerns. Services include assessment, treatment and management of chronic conditions such as COPD, emphysema, bronchitis and asthma, as well as diagnosis and treatment of illnesses such as the common cold, flu, allergies and sinus infections. The wellness center will also provide counseling for patients with sleep apnea and questions regarding smoking cessation options as well as oxygen therapy.

In addition, patients discharged from a hospital stay for respiratory complications will now have the option to receive follow-up care within three days of their discharge at the Healthy You Wellness Center. The pulmonary specialists at the center will work directly with the hospital and the Primary Care provider to help support patients on their path to better health and avoid preventable hospital readmissions.
 


"Developing a clinical relationship with a health care team like Pulmonary Health Physicians, PC, is an important step forward in improving access to quality healthcare," added Jim Spencer, president of Kinney Drugs stores. “Together our pharmacy and the Healthy You Wellness Center are advancing community pharmacy by providing an environment for coordinated health care, and helping more people improve their health and wellness.” 
 


Services offered by Kinney Drugs such as free prescription delivery, ReadyScripts automatic refill program, and immunizations are also part of the overall care available to all Healthy You Wellness Center patients. Kinney Drugs has also implemented an expanded selection of durable medical equipment and sleep apnea supplies to further support the needs of this patient population.  
 


 

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Price Chopper opens two in-store health clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

LATHAM, N.Y. —- Price Chopper, QuickCare and Ellis Medicine have teamed up to open QuickCare walk-in clinics in Price Chopper stores in Latham, N.Y. and Malta, N.Y.

The three organizations created the Capital Region partnership to offer residents access to more convenient and efficient healthcare. QuickCare, staffed by an Ellis Medicine nurse practitioner, physician or physician assistant, are walk-in health centers that offer patients immediate help for common ailments and provide some well-care and screening services.

The QuickCare Clinics, the first health centers located within retail stores in the Capital Region, are located adjacent to the pharmacy departments in the Latham store and the Malta Price Chopper.

“Helping people get access to healthcare in a place that is close to them and is a part of their regular routines just makes sense in this new age of healthcare delivery,” stated David Liebers, medical director of QuickCare.

“The convenient hours and location next to full-service pharmacies make these QuickCare centers tremendously accessible for people who are already in our stores shopping for orange juice, cough and cold medicine or chicken soup,” added Price Chopper executive chairman Neil Golub. “We’re very pleased to be offering our customers another convenience that will help them live healthier lives.”
 

 

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Loblaw drops plans for Nutshell health store pilot

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BRAMPTON, Ontario — Loblaw Cos. has reportedly pulled the plug on its Nutshell health and wellness store concept as it shifts its focus to the purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart, according to a local news report.

According to CBC News, the Canadian grocer was looking to open its first pilot store in Toronto, but has delayed the planned fall opening.

A company spokesperson was reported as saying that, while it remains on the company’s roster of format options, it has no plans to open any Nutshell locations at this time.

According to the news report, Loblaw had initially positioned the concept as a “convenience-based, fresh food-led drug store model” that would sell “fresh, natural and health food and living ideas. In-store advisers, called Health Nuts, would help connect shoppers to local health experts and community seminars on healthier living.

 

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