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Take Care Clinics, Valley Health System form collaboration

BY Antoinette Alexander

LAS VEGAS — Walgreens subsidiary Take Care Health Systems and the Valley Health System announced on Wednesday a new relationship to facilitate greater clinical coordination and enhance access to healthcare options at Take Care Clinics in Southern Nevada.

Take Care Clinics are located at more than 350 Walgreens stores across the country, including 13 locations in southern Nevada.


The Valley Health System is comprised of five hospitals in southern Nevada, including Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center, Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, Summerlin Hospital Medical Center and Valley Hospital Medical Center.



"The evidence is clear that in today’s healthcare environment: Greater coordination has the ability to help patients receive access to the right level of care in the right setting," said Karla Perez, VP of the acute division for Universal Health Services. "This relationship with Take Care Health Systems allows us to better serve our patients by providing a more strategic approach to care. We are truly excited about what we will be able to achieve for the southern Nevada community through this collaboration."



Components of the relationship between the Valley Health System and Take Care Health Systems will include:



  • Coordination of care for patients of the Valley Health System by Take Care Clinic providers for diagnostic, specialty and acute care services;
 


  • Access to 13 Take Care Clinic locations in southern Nevada for nonurgent emergency department overflow, after-hours care and other nonemergent needs; and
 

  • 
Providing patients with information about their care options and the respective services, locations and hours of operation at Take Care Clinics and the Valley Health System.
 


"Walgreens and Take Care Health Systems are focused on utilizing our unique set of healthcare services and community locations to deliver quality, cost-effective solutions to payers and providers," stated Heather Helle, divisional VP for Walgreens Consumer Solutions Group. "The agreements we’ve reached with health systems across the country increase high-quality, convenient and affordable healthcare options in local communities, while offering an exceptional experience designed to provide patients the right care, in the right location, at the right cost. We are excited to form this relationship with the Valley Health System to expand healthcare options in the southern Nevada community."




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Publix relocation replaces Winn-Dixie

BY Michael Johnsen

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Regency Centers on Wednesday announced the completion of the Boynton Lakes Plaza redevelopment, which includes the addition of a 45,000-sq.-ft. Publix. The new anchor relocated from an undersized store in a nearby center and is slated to open on June 9.

Boynton Lake Plaza’s redevelopment included the demolition of a former Winn-Dixie store and the construction of anchor and side shop space, new exterior facade and architectural components, parking lot improvements, upgraded lighting and landscaping. Local artist Suzi Edwards was commissioned to create a mosaic tile archway to further enhance the center’s aesthetics, Regency reported.

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Study: Vitamin D supplementation could improve mobility in older adults

BY Michael Johnsen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Older adults who don’t get enough vitamin D — either from diet, supplements or sun exposure — may be at increased risk of developing mobility limitations and disability, according to new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center released Tuesday.

“This is one of the first studies to look at the association of vitamin D and the onset of new mobility limitations or disability in older adults,” stated lead author Denise Houston, a nutrition epidemiologist in the Wake Forest Baptist Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology. Houston researches vitamin D and its effects on physical function.

“We observed about a 30% increased risk of mobility limitations for those older adults who had low levels of vitamin D, and almost a twofold higher risk of mobility disability,” Houston said.

Houston said vitamin D plays an important role in muscle function, so it is plausible that low levels of the vitamin could result in the onset of decreased lower muscle strength and physical performance. Vitamin D also may indirectly affect physical function, as low vitamin D levels have also been associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and lung disease — conditions that are frequent causes of decline in physical function. Houston said people get vitamin D when it is naturally produced in the skin by sun exposure; by eating foods with vitamin D, such as fortified milk, juice and cereals; and by taking vitamin D supplements. “About one-third of older adults have low vitamin D levels,” she said. “It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D through diet alone, and older adults, who may not spend much time outdoors, may need to take a vitamin D supplement.”

Current recommendations call for people older than the age of 70 years to get 800 international units of vitamin D daily in their diet or supplements. Houston pointed out that current dietary recommendations are based solely on vitamin D’s effects on bone health. “Higher amounts of vitamin D may be needed for the preservation of muscle strength and physical function, as well as other health conditions,” she said. “However, clinical trials are needed to determine whether increasing vitamin D levels through diet or supplements has an effect on physical function.”

The study, published online this month in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, analyzed the association between vitamin D and onset of mobility limitation and disability over six years of follow-up using data from the National Institute on Aging’s Health, Aging, and Body Composition study.


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