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Supervalu, others acquire new automated refill technology

BY Doug Desjardins

MINNEAPOLIS Supervalu has purchased a non-exclusive license from Robert Katz Technology for use in its Automated Health Care Services portfolio. Supervalu said the agreement gives the company access to technology that will improve a number of areas including automated prescription refills.

“Many of our leading pharmacies such as Acme, bigg’s, Cub, Osco, Sav-On, Shop ‘n Save and Supervalu offer ‘Express Prescription Refill’ or ‘Easyfill’ services over the phone, which utilize many of the inventions in this portfolio of patents,” said Supervalu spokeswoman Haley Meyer. “Customers can, for example, dial in 24 hours a day, enter their prescription number and the last four digits of their phone number in order to quickly request a refill of their prescription This is an important group of patents.” Supervalu affiliates New Albertson’s Inc. and Albertson’s LLC also have access to the new technologies.

Among the other major clients to reach a settlement with Katz are: the Jean Coutu Group, Express Scripts, Safeway and Walgreen Co.

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Sam’s Club, Aquafina program exceeds students’ plastic recycling goals

BY Allison Cerra

STAMFORD, Conn. Students across the U.S. took the phrase “renew, reuse, recycle” to a new and different level by participating in Students for Recycling, a national school-based plastic (PET) recycling program that turns plastic bottles into backpacks for kids.

The two-month long program, part of the Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, asked students across the country to collect plastic bottles from Mar. 1 to May 31 of this year, to divert plastic from the country’s waste stream. Although the goal of the program was to collect 45 million bottles, the goal was exceeded as students collected 70.6 million.

In collaboration with Aquafina and Sam’s Club, Keep America Beautiful, dubbed the nation’s largest community improvement program, encouraged students across the country to participate Backpacks made from recycled PET will be donated to students who are making a difference in their communities.

“Students for Recycling has been a fun way to raise awareness for an important cause while allowing us to give back to the communities who are dedicated to making a difference,” said Mario Palomino, senior national account manager, Pepsi-Cola North America, makers of Aquafina.

Sam’s Club and Aquafina worked with Keep America Beautiful to build awareness of the program with in-store signage that featured a message about recycling. Keep America Beautiful affiliates worked with their local Sam’s Club to conduct the program, and event sponsor Waste Management weighed, transported and recycled the bottles.

Additionally, Sam’s Club awarded $50,000 total in the form of $1,000 Sam’s Club Gift Cards to each of the 50 top-collecting schools.

“The Students for Recycling program with Sam’s Club and Aquafina is testament to the collective power of Keep America Beautiful volunteers,” said Keep America Beautiful president G. Raymond Empson. “By providing backpacks made out of recycled PET, our sponsors provided a ‘teachable moment’ for students, demonstrating how recycled raw materials are turned into new and useful products.”

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RediClinic announces management, structure changes

BY Michael Johnsen

HOUSTON RediClinic announced a series of management changes Wednesday, combining the RediClinic and RediClinic Services units of RediClinic LLC under a single management structure.

“It is an exciting time for RediClinic as we prepare for a period of rapid growth,” stated Web Golinkin, RediClinic chief executive officer and president of the Convenient Care Association. “These management and organizational changes provide us with the leadership and structure we need to seize the opportunities and meet the challenges ahead.”

Jack Koehn, formerly chief operating officer of the RediClinic division, has been named president of RediClinic LLC, and Eric Fournet was promoted from chief financial officer to chief financial and administrative officer. Both Koehn and Fournet will report to Golinkin.

In other changes, Rick Van Pelt, who previously served as vice president of operations for the RediClinic division, was promoted to chief operating officer, reporting to Koehn.

In addition, Carolyn Galloway has joined RediClinic as its chief medical officer, responsible for all clinical affairs, and Lori Knowles has joined as vice president of human resources.

Galloway comes to RediClinic from AIG Travel Assist, where she served as chief medical officer. Prior to that, she was medical director of the Memorial Hermann Hospital Emergency Department.

Prior to joining RediClinic, Knowles served as the director of human resources at Park Plaza Medical Center and also at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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