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Kroger names president of QFC division

BY DSN STAFF

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced Dennis Gibson has been promoted to president of the QFC division. He succeeds Joe Fey, who was named president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division in January.

Gibson, 58, has been serving as VP merchandising in Kroger’s Columbus division.

"Dennis’s experience in both merchandising and retail operations make him a great fit to lead the QFC team," said Mike Ellis, Kroger’s president and COO. "Dennis is a strong executive with tremendous dedication to our customers and commitment to our associates. We look forward to the leadership and expertise he will bring to the division."

Gibson brings 38 years of retail industry experience to his new role. He began his career in 1976 with Grand Central discount department stores in Salt Lake City, Utah. He joined Fred Meyer in 1984, where he held leadership roles of increasing responsibility for the next 27 years, including store and district management, regional director and group VP for store operations. In 2011, Gibson was named VP operations in Kroger’s Columbus Division, and in 2013 he was named to VP merchandising.

Gibson and his family will relocate to Seattle. QFC operates 66 stores in Oregon and Washington. It is headquartered in Seattle.

 

 

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USPSTF: Not enough evidence on taking supplements to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday posted its final recommendation statement on vitamin, mineral and multivitamin supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. However, the Task Force concluded there is not enough evidence to determine the effectiveness of taking vitamins and minerals to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer. 

Many people take vitamins and mineral supplements to improve or maintain overall health. However, this recommendation is limited to use of these vitamins and supplements specifically for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer, USPSTF noted. 

“Cardiovascular disease and cancer have a significant health impact in America, and we all want to find ways to prevent these diseases,” stated Task Force chair Virginia Moyer. “However, we found that there is not enough evidence to determine whether taking single or paired nutrients or a multivitamin helps to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer.”

Additionally, there are two vitamins that the Task Force recommends against using: beta-carotene and vitamin E. “The evidence shows that there is no benefit to taking vitamin E and that beta-carotene can be harmful because it increases the risk of lung cancer in people who are already at increased risk for the disease,” commented Task Force co-chair Michael LeFevre. “Due to the uncertain benefit of vitamin supplements to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, health care professionals should use their best judgment and consider their patient’s health history, values, and preferences when having conversations about nutritional supplements.”

"The report’s conclusion that there is ‘…not enough evidence…’ for recommendations in the areas of cancer and cardiovascular disease should not be considered as a lack of benefit as there is a big difference between lack of research and lack of positive results," cautioned Duffy MacKay, SVP scientific and regulatory affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition. "Even with a current gap in the research, what few studies there were that met the USPSTF criteria pointed to a potential promise for cancer protection," he noted. "We strongly support both the need for more research and the need for the scientific community to come to terms with a rigorous approach to studying nutrition that may not reflect the current model of studying drugs."

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Convenient Care Association responds to AAP’s stance on retail clinics

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Retail-based health clinics not only work closely with local physicians and pediatricians but are also a more convenient option for parents with sick children rather than the alternative, which is often spending hours in the emergency room or waiting for an appointment with their doctor. That’s a key message that the Convenient Care Association is looking to convey in response to news that the American Academy of Pediatrics is advising parents against using retail-based health clinics.

In an updated policy statement published in the March 2014 Pediatrics, the AAP emphasizes that retail-based clinics are an inappropriate source of primary care for children because they fragment children’s health care and do not support the medical home.

The policy statement, “AAP Principles Concerning Retail-Based Clinics” released online Feb. 24, updates the Academy’s 2006 policy statement, which expressed opposition to the use of retail-based clinics.

“The AAP recognizes that convenience and access to care will continue to be important drivers of how health care is delivered,” stated James Laughlin, lead author of the policy statement. “However, the expertise of the pediatrician and the medical home should continue to be recognized as the standard for care of children, and we encourage all AAP members to provide accessible hours and locations as part of a medical home.”

Responding to AAP’s policy statement, Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA, issued the following statement:

“There are currently more than 1,600 retail-based convenient care clinics in 39 states and the District of Columbia that have served more than 20 million consumers to date including the pediatric population. The clinics offer a quick, affordable alternative for patients with pressing, non-emergency medical needs.  Basic primary care is provided to patients aged 18 months through 65+. The clinics offer flexible hours of operation, with most of them open seven days a week-up to 12 hours a day during the workweek and up to eight hours on Saturday and Sunday, including most holidays. They are a more convenient option for parents with sick children rather than the alternative, which is often waiting for an appointment while the child is sick or spending hours in a high-cost emergency room for a minor pediatric complaint.

Retail clinics works closely with local physicians and pediatricians. They all use electronic health records (EHR) and actively encourage the sharing of visit records with a patients’ family physicians and pediatricians in order to facilitate continuity of care. Additionally, the industry is very focused on quality care and EHRs are also used in clinics to monitor evidence-based practice performance.  

In recent years, the number of CCCs and scope of services provided has grown to meet high consumer demand for easy access to high-quality, affordable health care. This is evidenced by the growth rate being highest among hospitals and health systems, and clinic operators have also entered into partnerships with many health systems to further promote continuity of care. Retail clinics are increasingly a valuable part of this nation’s healthcare ecosystem (not apart from it), providing easy access to high-quality, affordable care, connecting patients with other providers as necessary, and, increasingly, facilitating care that is being managed by other providers.”

 

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