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New NY state NP primary care residency program responds to physician shortage

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Community Healthcare Network, a New York City nonprofit that runs 12 community-based health clinics, has announced that it is accepting applications to the first Nurse Practitioners post-graduate primary care residency program in New York State, one of only a handful of primary care residencies in the nation.

The residency program will expand education and training for NPs coming into a primary care setting and offer specialty rotations in areas such as dermatology, newborn nursery, HIV and Hepatitis C, transgender care, pediatric and prenatal care. 
 


NP residency programs address the challenging transition from university education and training to clinical practice, particularly in complex community health centers settings where family NPs see patients of all ages, often with multiple chronic illnesses; behavioral health/substance abuse issues; and socio-economic challenges, from poverty to low literacy.
 


“Community Healthcare Network will offer one of the very few primary care NP residencies in the nation — most NP residencies have been focused in the acute and critical setting,” stated Elizabeth Dubois, director of advanced practice nursing at CHN. “Given the complexity of medically underserved patients, residencies such as these could help increase the confidence and hands-on experience of NPs, which will help to increase retention of NPs in the primary care setting. If NPs enter the field without feeling adequately prepared, they will leave.”
 


CHN’s residency program is modeled after the first primary care NP residency program created in 2007 by Community Health Center, a Connecticut FQHC. Along with intensive training in full-scope primary care practice, CHN’s residency will provide training in common procedures performed in outpatient settings, such as endometrial biopsies, IUD insertions, joint injections, suturing, splinting, and the incision and drainage of abscesses. The residency program will also be the first in the nation to include a transgender health care component.
  


The Association of American Medical Colleges currently estimates that the United States will face a shortage of more than 91,500 physicians by 2020; a trend for more medical students to choose specialty fields over primary and emergency care is exacerbating the looming shortages in those crucial fields.


 
“I applaud CHN’s decision to establish a post-graduate NP residency training program,” stated Margaret Flinter, SVP and clinical director at Community Health Center. “Our experience in Connecticut, and that of the members of our National Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program Consortium, is that this intensive post-graduate experience provides new NPs with an opportunity to develop the mastery, confidence, and competence that allows them to go anywhere — a rural or urban, large or small practice — following their residency, and to thrive as clinicians and clinical leaders in those practices.”
 

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Walgreens Boots Alliance raises quarterly dividend by 7.1%

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. – The day before announcing its second quarter results, the board of directors of Walgreens Boots Alliance declared a regular quarterly dividend of 33.75 cents per share, a 7.1% increase over the year ago dividend.  
 
The dividend is payable June 12, 2015 to shareholders of record as of May 21, 2015.
 
As the successor company to Walgreens after its holding company reorganization on Dec. 31, 2014, Walgreens Boots Alliance has paid a dividend in 330 straight quarters (more than 82 years) and has raised its dividend for 39 consecutive years.   
 
Pursuant to the reorganization merger, shares of Walgreens common stock were converted automatically into shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance common stock on a one-for-one basis. 
 
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Kroger earns 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Energy Management Award

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI – Kroger on Wednesday announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the company with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Energy Management Award for its efforts and actions to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and facilities. Kroger's accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2015.
 
Kroger, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010, is being honored for its work to integrate and promote ENERGY STAR tools and resources within its energy management program to help lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
 
"Our energy management practices, coupled with our ENERGY STAR participation, have produced very positive results, both for the environment and our business," said Keith Oliver, Kroger's VP engineering.  "Kroger is honored to win this award and continues to implement measures that reduce our energy use."
 
Key accomplishments of Kroger's award-winning energy management program include the extensive use of LED lighting in refrigerated cases, implementation of best practices for refrigeration, lighting and HVAC, and enhanced associate and customer awareness. Through the ENERGY STAR certification process Kroger certified 166 stores in 2014 alone, earning "Elite" status as part of ENERGY STAR's 2014 "Certification Nation" competition. Since 2000, Kroger has reduced its average grocery store electricity usage by 35%.  
 
"Kroger is a leading example of how businesses and organizations are incorporating ENERGY STAR into their sustainability programs," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "Kroger's role in energy management is helping reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change and preserve a healthy planet for future generations."
 
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