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MinuteClinic joins forces with Allina Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK The alliance between CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic and Allina Hospitals & Clinics may not be the first time that a clinic operator has partnered with a hospital system, but that doesn’t mean that the partnership is any less important.

In fact, the fact that the industry is seeing more of these types of alliances is not only one more example of how the convenient care clinic model continues to evolve but it is also a clear indication of the growing acceptance of the retail clinic concept among the established medical community.

As mentioned in the article, MinuteClinic and Allina will collaborate on aligning their clinical care operations, including medical oversight and informing patients of each party’s services. Furthermore, their EMR systems will be streamlined via a newly developed interface.

So, in other words, these types of relationship will facilitate continuous and consistent care among all levels and types of providers. These alliances also enable a ready and easily accessible source of referrals, whether it is from or to the clinics.

As Drug Store News has stated several times before, at the end of the day this is yet one more example of how community pharmacy is positioning itself on the frontlines of healthcare reform.

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Report: Kwik Shops to test drive-thru pharmacies in partnership with Dillons

BY Allison Cerra

WICHITA, Kan. Two Kroger-owned stores will launch a pilot program that merges the company’s convenience store and pharmacy concepts.

Dillions pharmacies will be implemented in two Kansas Kwik Shop convenience stores, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Dillons spokesperson Sheila Lowrie told the newspaper construction will start late next month. The new pharmacies, which will include drive-thrus, will open in early spring. Additionally, customers will be able to fill prescriptions and speak to pharmacists on site.

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Screen Dreams Publishing to release ‘Living Fireplace: Volume 2’

BY Allison Cerra

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Screen Dreams Publishing, a leading developer and distributor of lively ambient imagery DVDs for all flat panel HDTVs, introduces a new and improved version of the top selling “fireplace” DVD with the release of “Living Fireplace: Volume 2” available on Nov. 2 on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray.

Featuring 20 unique scenes shot in 1080p and 720p high definition video- four of which are specifically themed for Christmas, and 10 soothing music and natural sound effects tracks.

“Our new and improved Living Fireplace: Volume 2 is the perfect holiday gift and offers more features and scenes than ever before,” said Stephen Spivak, founder and president of Screen Dreams Publishing Inc. “Since launching Living Fireplace four years ago, we continue to be the leader in ‘fireplace’ DVDs with our unparalleled variety of unique scenes, crisp HD picture, calming sound effects, and gorgeous music tracks that allow Living Fireplace: Volume 2  to instantly transform any HDTV into a vibrant window of warmth.”

Living Fireplace: Volume 2 is available through all major distributors and online at www.ScreenDreamsDVD.com. National retailers include Walmart.com, Amazon.com, Sam’s Club, RC Willey and many more.

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