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Rite Aid kicks off Pharmacy Champions program

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. — In celebration of American Pharmacists Month, this October Rite Aid is recognizing its more than 11,000 pharmacists for all they do to care for their patients and communities throughout the year.

"Our pharmacy teams are passionate about their customers and they show this each and every day, in big and little ways," stated Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid EVP pharmacy. "From navigating an insurance issue to providing a flu shot to counseling a patient on a new medication, in Rite Aid's eyes and in the eyes of those they care for, our pharmacy teams truly are champions," she said. "We couldn't be more grateful for all they do and our Pharmacy Champions program is great way to recognize and thank our pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and wellness ambassadors for the caring moments they create for their customers, patients and communities."

From now through Oct. 31, through Rite Aid's Pharmacy Champions program, customers can recognize any Rite Aid pharmacist, pharmacy technician or wellness ambassador that has gone above and beyond by providing exceptional service by completing a nomination form online at www.riteaid.com/recognize.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select two Rite Aid pharmacy team member winners, a winning Rite Aid pharmacist and a winning Rite Aid pharmacy technician or wellness ambassador, and both will receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. Additionally, the two customers who recognized the winning Rite Aid pharmacy team members will receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards.

All Rite Aid pharmacy team members recognized by customers will receive Pharmacy Champion lapel pin and a letter of commendation from Konrad and Bryan Everett, COO Rite Aid Stores.

In addition, Rite Aid will recognize its pharmacy technicians on National Pharmacy Technician Day on Oct. 17 for the support they provide to Rite Aid pharmacists and customers. The company will also honor its RediClinic nurse practitioners for the care they provide to Rite Aid patients during National Nurse Practitioner Week, which begins on Sunday, Nov. 12.

"Our pharmacy technicians, who often are the first to interact with patients, provide crucial support to our pharmacists, and in our locations with RediClinics, we're able to deliver an additional level of care through the expertise of our nurse practitioners," Konrad said. "On behalf of our patients and company, we thank both our pharmacy technicians and nurse practitioners for helping us further deliver on our mission of improving the health and wellness of our communities we serve."

For nearly 15 years, Rite Aid has offered a recognition program as a way for customers a way to recognize members of Rite Aid's pharmacy team that have provided superior care and service. This year, Rite Aid renamed its long-standing Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member program to Pharmacy Champions in honor of the Rite Aid pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and wellness ambassadors who champion the health of their customers, patients and communities.
 

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Walgreens, Kroger contribute to Hurricane Maria relief efforts

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Walgreens has committed to a $250,000 donation to American Red Cross Hurricane Maria relief efforts, the retailer announced Monday. In addition, Walgreens customers can also donate to Red Cross hurricane relief efforts at approximately 8,000 Walgreens and Duane Reade locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Customers can make donations at store checkout.

“Since opening our first store in Puerto Rico in 1960 we’ve had a strong commitment to serving the island’s health care needs, which have never been greater than they are now,” stated Nivia Santiago, Walgreens regional VP for Puerto Rico. “Today, our employees are working tirelessly to provide medicines and everyday needs to our patients and customers during this critical time. Across the country, our customers are looking for ways to show their generosity and support, which is why we’ve started this donation campaign as an easy way to help.”

Walgreens continues its aggressive effort to serve customers on the island by reopening its Puerto Rico stores as quickly as possible. As of 8:47 a.m. eastern time Monday, Walgreens has reopened more than half of its 120 stores on the island. Some locations are operating on a limited basis, many with generators that were already located onsite.

Kroger similarly announced Hurricane Maria relief efforts. To support disaster relief in Puerto Rico, which is home to a Kroger Specialty Pharmacy location, the company is providing essential supplies and has pledged to match customer donations up to $25,000 to benefit American Red Cross and its efforts to aid local families.

 

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APhA kicks off American Pharmacists month

BY DSN STAFF

WASHINGTON — The beginning of October also means the start of American Pharmacists Month, during which the American Pharmacists Association works to raise better awareness among patients, policy makers and stakeholders about the broad role of the pharmacist in America’s health care system.

The efforts around American Pharmacists Month encourages communities to “Know Your Pharmacist — Know Your Medicine” and highlight the services that pharmacists provide that go beyond dispensing medication — from immunizations and medication reviews to adherence efforts and disease state counseling.

American Pharmacists Month will see APhA participating in various activities that include social media campaigns and a Capitol Hill health Fair on Oct. 11, at which members of Congress, their staff and the general public can get flu shots and health screenings, including bone density, glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and body composition tests. Other highlights include Selfie Day on Oct. 4, during which pharmacists and student pharmacists are encouraged to share a photo of themselves with #APhMSelfieDay, and Pharmacy Technician Day on Oct. 17.

The organization also has created a resource area on its website to help with activity planning, including tips on outreach and message, as well as ideas to inspire activities and events.

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