McKesson’s Dimos takes the reigns of Health Mart
McKesson mainstay Chris Dimos has been promoted to president retail solutions for McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical and Specialty Health, where he will assume responsibility for Health Mart, following the departure of former Health Mart president Steve Courtman. Courtman is now senior vice president of Cigna Pharmacy for Cigna.
Dimos has long been a champion of independent pharmacy, noting in an interview earlier this year that the independent pharmacy business model is still strong.
“Independent pharmacies play a very integral role in patient care and provide a great network of care in their communities," he said. "Independent pharmacists are willing to work with their patients as they go through, either, a journey to stay well, or through any sort of sickness. They are able to help them manage their complex medication regimens and to become more compliant toward better outcomes.”
And while reimbursement pressures challenge all pharmacy models, Dimos continues to be bullish on an independent's ability to compete. "There are opportunities now to maximize reimbursement based on your performance and the independent will have the opportunity to exploit those opportunities."
Dimos has helped drive the continued development of McKesson's U.S. retail efforts, which in addition to Health Mart includes Access Health and the CPG team. Dimos joined McKesson in 2013 as part of the corporate strategy and business development team. In 2016, he assumed responsibilities for marketing for the McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical division.
Dimos came up through the retail pharmacy ranks as a staff pharmacist and held several leadership positions prior to becoming president Supervalu pharmacies and non-food merchandising. He graduated from the Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He also earned an MBA from Indiana University School of Business and completed the Kellogg Business School Management Executive Program and Cornell University Management Program.
With a passion for representing pharmacy and making a difference in the industry, Dimos has served on the boards of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Mirixa and the NACDS Foundation. He is currently a member of the NACDS Policy Council, the Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean's Advisory Council and the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy National Board of Advisors.
KidCents Holiday Wishes program gifts $2.2 million
In this season of giving, the Rite Aid Foundation is awarding a total of $2.2 million to its partner charities through its KidCents Holiday Wishes program. Created to recognize the year-round efforts of each organization, each of the more than 440 charities currently participating in The Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program will receive a $5,000 grant to help make a holiday wish of their choice come true.
"The Rite Aid Foundation wanted to give our KidCents charities a special gift this holiday season, in recognition of all they do to give the children they serve a chance for better lives and brighter futures," stated Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. "Our KidCents Holiday Wishes program captures the true spirit of the holiday season and is the perfect way to thank our partner charities for all they do throughout the year to make a difference in the lives of children in our communities."
The KidCents charities were asked to pick the wish they felt would have the most impact for those they serve. Holiday wishes range from facility and equipment repairs to operating supplies to holiday care packages and gifts to training and special programming to help improve the health, safety and well-being of the children they serve.
Examples of holiday wishes being fulfilled through the KidCents Holiday Wishes program include:
- Miracle Babies, San Diego: The nonprofit organization, which provides education, support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, is creating holiday care packages that will be distributed to 500 parents;
- The Boys and Girls Club of the Tar River Region, Rocky Mount, N.C.: The local chapter, which provides after-school programming to thousands of kids ages 5-18 years old at three separate locations, plans to replace insulation that was damaged by Hurricane Matthew last year;
- The Children's Village, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: The nonprofit organization, which provides innovative residential and community-based program to at-risk children, teens and families, is creating a new game room for the 300 kids who live at the facility;
- Northeast Youth Center, Spokane, Wash.: The youth center, which provides educational and recreational activities to children ages 3-17, will help kids stay warm this winter by providing winter coats and boots; and
- Washtenaw Area Council for Children, Ypsilanti, Mich.: Michigan Children's Trust Fund's designated agency for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Washtenaw County is purchasing 25 tablets and one laptop to begin offering a cyber safety program to its members.
"We are so proud to be part of the KidCents Holiday Wishes program," said Marianela Camarillo, Miracle Babies director of program services. "Thanks to the generosity of The Rite Aid Foundation we are able to spread a little extra holiday cheer and give comfort to parents and families who desperately need it this time of year."
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $36 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $81 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.
Supermarket Wellness Watch: Kroger takes a stand against hunger, food waste
When you think of health and wellness in the retail setting, what often comes to mind are better-for-you products, in-store health services, and other high-profile topics.
However, there are other health-related subjects that don’t get as much exposure, but are still highly important. These include anti-hunger programs, and efforts to reduce food waste.
Supermarket giant Kroger is taking a big stand on both of these issues in a major new corporate commitment. It launched a “moonshot” initiative called Zero Hunger| Zero Waste back in September aimed at “ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.”
More recently, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based retailer unveiled television and radio ads in some 191 media markets nationwide to build awareness of the campaign during the holidays. This is being supplemented by store-level customer giving programs benefiting local food banks and hunger-relief organizations, and “Kroger’s year-round, industry-leading, fresh food donations program,” the company said.
“We understand nutrition plays a critical role in wellness, and we want to make sure our program contributes to people having balanced meals,” Kristal Howard, Kroger spokesperson, said in an interview for this blog.
In the U.S., some 42 million people struggle with hunger, and roughly 72 billion pounds of food are placed into landfills each year, according to the company. The challenges of large amounts of food being unconsumed while people face hunger are linked. Discarded food can be donated for anti-hunger efforts.
“As America’s grocer and one of the largest retailers in the world, we are committing to do something about it,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger chairman and CEO, in a recent statement.
Kroger’s program includes the following goals and activities:
- Create a $10 million innovation fund as part of The Kroger Co. Foundation to address hunger and food waste.
- Expand food donations to provide some three billion meals by 2025 in Kroger market areas.
- Donate “more balanced meals” through Kroger’s fresh food donation efforts.
- Partner with Feeding America and World Wildlife Fund on efforts.
- Advocate for public policy solutions to tackling hunger, which include pushing for continued funding of federal hunger relief programs.
- Eliminate food waste by 2025 and develop transparent reporting on this effort.
- Push for public policies that support waste prevention and diversion of waste from landfills, including with recycling , composting and other sustainability efforts. Kroger aims to achieve the “Zero Waste 2020” goals contained in its sustainability report.
Health and wellness drives a plethora of activities across Kroger’s wide-ranging portfolio. This includes organic, natural and better-for-you foods; sustainable packaging; pharmacy; specialty pharmacy, clinics, and other areas.
The food industry as a whole has addressed the waste challenge through the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a joint initiative of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Food Marketing Institute, and the National Restaurant Association. Its stated goals are to reduce the amount of food waste generated, increase the amount of food donated to those in need, and recycle unavoidable waste to divert it from landfills.
Having Kroger’s muscle behind efforts to combat hunger and food waste will boost industry-wide achievements. Already since its initiative was launched just a few months ago, Kroger donated nearly 3 million meals, Howard said. This indicates the momentum is growing for successful attacks on these challenges in the near future.