Walgreens to expand solar energy initiative in Colorado
AURORA, Colo. — A Colorado-based firm will install solar power systems at 22 Walgreens stores in 14 cities in the state over the next few months, under a partnership between the two companies.
Walgreens announced Monday an expansion of its relationship with SolarCity, saying the new power systems would reduce more than 47.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the next two decades.
"A strong commitment to the local community is one of our company’s core values," Walgreens director of energy and sustainability Menno Enters said. "SolarCity is helping us contribute to the health of the local communities we operate in by providing us with clean energy as well as contributing to the local economy in Colorado."
Walgreens and SolarCity recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the first in a series of solar installations at a store in Aurora, which Aurora mayor Steve Hogan and Republican Rep. Mike Coffman attended.
"Colorado has been at the forefront of energy conservation," Coffman said. "And I’m happy to see that SolarCity and Walgreens have teamed up to help meet our state’s renewable energy goals."
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MinuteClinic bolsters clinical affiliations with new Sharp Healthcare partnership
WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SAN DIEGO — Retail-based clinic operator MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark, and Southern California healthcare system Sharp HealthCare have entered into a clinical affiliation to enhance access to healthcare services throughout San Diego County.
MinuteClinic currently has 10 walk-in medical clinics in San Diego County.
"It was important for us to develop a clinical affiliation with a system like Sharp HealthCare that delivers high-quality services throughout San Diego County and overlaps with our clinic sites, which span from Oceanside to El Cajon," said Andrew Sussman, president of MinuteClinic and SVP/associate chief medical officer for CVS Caremark. "We look forward to working with them to integrate our electronic medical record systems and develop collaborative programs that improve patient outcomes, lower costs and help people on their path to better health."
The clinical affiliation encourages collaboration between Sharp HealthCare and MinuteClinic providers to improve coordination of care for patients seen at these locations. Sharp-affiliated physicians will supervise MinuteClinic nurse practitioners, and if more comprehensive follow-up care is needed, patients can choose to see a Sharp-affiliated physician or another primary care physician. In addition, MinuteClinic and Sharp HealthCare will collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives and will inform patients of the services each offers.
"Increasing access to care is indeed important, especially in this era of healthcare reform," said Mike Murphy, CEO of Sharp HealthCare. "MinuteClinic plays an important role in providing patients with timely care at an affordable price, and we are pleased to be part of this effort to help deliver the kind of care that patients want."
MinuteClinic and Sharp HealthCare will begin to work toward integrating electronic medical record systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual’s care. With patient permission, MinuteClinic will electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with other Sharp HealthCare facilities and physicians. In the meantime, MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice of sending patient visit summaries to primary care providers via fax or mail, typically within 24 hours, with patient consent.
Sharp is San Diego’s largest integrated health system with more than 15,500 employees, 2,600 affiliated physicians, and multiple facilities throughout the county.
National Parkinson Foundation launches disease-awareness campaign for April
MIAMI — A national campaign to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease will kick off this month, a nonprofit group focused on the disease said Monday.
The National Parkinson Foundation announced the launch of the Whatever It Takes to Beat Parkinson’s campaign, timed to coincide with Parkinson’s Awareness Month, in April. According to the foundation, the disease affects 1 million Americans.
"Every person with Parkinson’s should know that they can help fight the impact of the disease," NPF president and CEO Joyce Oberdorf said. "It’s never too late to see improvements in one’s daily life. This campaign brings to light the many ways that anyone can take action and arms them with the resources they need to live their best life with Parkinson’s."