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MinuteClinic opens first clinic in Topeka

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — The first MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic in Topeka, Kan., opened Wednesday inside the CVS/pharmacy store, joining 11 additional clinic locations in the state.

Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast joined CVS Health and MinuteClinic executives at the grand opening.

"Targeted expansion into markets like Topeka brings high-quality, convenient and affordable health care services to community members," stated Andrew Sussman, president, MinuteClinic and EVP/associate chief medical officer, CVS Health.  "There is a need for more accessible and affordable health care in Kansas, and the demand for MinuteClinic services will continue to grow due, in part, to the shortage of primary care physicians, the aging Baby Boomer population and the influx of newly insured patients through the Affordable Care Act."

Nancy Zaner, MinuteClinic Midwest area director, said that MinuteClinic is committed to helping patients find a medical home and believes it can play a complementary role in working with primary care providers.

"About 50% of MinuteClinic visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays when patients may not be able to get an appointment with their primary care provider," Zaner stated. "And about half of the patients seen at MinuteClinic are 'medically homeless' and do not have a personal physician."
 

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San Francisco Walgreens debuts LGBT neighborhood-specific Hallmark dept.

BY Lesley Thulin

SAN FRANCISCO — A Walgreens store in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood is co-hosting its reopening with Hallmark on Tuesday, unveiling an updated Hallmark department tailored to the neighborhood’s LGBT population. Cards, gifts and visual merchandising will reflect the 95% LGBT demographic of the neighborhood. 

“Hallmark is the industry leader in creating solutions for specific consumer-connecting needs, in this case, LGBT relationships,” a Hallmark spokesperson said. “Everything … is tailored to the local consumer.”

Products will include more than 50 cards that contain more gender-neutral language and a collection of 12 StudioINK cards titled “Out and About,” as well as cards designed for same-sex marriages, baby showers for two mothers or two fathers and transgender coming out.

New signage features gay and lesbian couples, rainbow colors, and a removal of gender-specific language, such as “For Him” or “For Her.”

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CVS Health honored for colleague-focused health-and-wellness initiatives

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health was honored on Wednesday by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, for its ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy work environment and encouraging employees and their families to maintain healthy lifestyles.

CVS Health was among 64 U.S. employers that received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award.

“At CVS Health, we believe that wellness is as important for our colleagues as it is for our patients and customers,” CVS Health’s EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Lisa Bisaccia said.

CVS Health's WellRewards program helps colleagues improve their well-being with an array of programs including preventive screenings, flu shots, smoking cessation, weight management, health coaching, health management for chronic and rare conditions, EAP life services, and maternity management. In addition to tobacco-free corporate campuses, CVS Health offers team-based walking programs and healthy dining options in campus cafeterias, which make it easier for colleagues to make healthy choices. As a further demonstration of its commitment to health, CVS Health stopped the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in its retail stores.

“We congratulate CVS Health for being among an elite group of companies that are making a difference every day in improving the health and overall well-being of their employees and families," Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, said. "CVS Health and its leadership team are to be commended for their commitment to promoting healthy work environments and for their innovation in developing outstanding programs for employees that encourage good health and well-being.”

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