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Walmart Canada promotes COO to top spot

BY Dan Berthiaume
Walmart Canada has appointed Lee Tappenden, COO, Walmart Canada to the position of president and CEO, Walmart Canada, effective Aug. 15.
 
Tappenden joined Walmart in 1996 and has held a number of global leadership roles with the company, including chief merchandising officer with Walmart Japan and VP of merchandising for the international division.
 
After joining the Walmart Canada leadership team in 2010 as senior VP, merchandise operations, Tappenden also served as chief merchandising officer. He will report to David Cheesewright, president and CEO, Walmart International.
 
"Lee is extremely well poised to lead Walmart Canada and continue the momentum of growth we are seeing in this market," said Cheesewright. "He has demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout his career with Walmart internationally in both merchandising and operations, but he also brings to the role a real passion and heart for our associates and customers. Lee is the kind of person who genuinely cares about the well-being of the people who work in and shop at our stores every day – and that's one of the things that make him an incredibly special leader."
 
Tappenden replaces Dirk Van den Berghe, who was reassigned to Walmart’s Asia region as part of a global executive shuffle earlier in June. With today's announcement, Bob Hakeem, chief administrative officer, Walmart Canada will assume the role of COO. After joining Walmart Canada in 2008 as senior VP for the Walmart Canada people division, Hakeem was named executive VP, HR in 2012.
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Rite Aid Foundation donates $50,000 for West Virginia flood relief

BY Gina Acosta

CAMP HILL, Pa. – The Rite Aid Foundation pledged a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region over the weekend to help the victims, families and communities affected by this month's historic flooding.

"One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve and that’s especially true in times of need," said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. "The need in West Virginia, where Rite Aid has had a presence for many years, is great and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross as they work tirelessly to provide relief and support to so many in their hour of need.”

Widespread flooding that began in West Virginia Thursday has left at least 25 people dead, destroyed thousands of homes, and prompted Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to declare a federal disaster.

Rite Aid operates 104 stores and one distribution center in West Virginia. The company employs nearly 1,900 associates across the state.

Since its inception in 2001, the Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $25 million to nonprofits. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994. 

 

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Intelligence for better health care decisions

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Metaphorically, if pharmacies and PBMs are bodies—data and analytics are the lifeblood that fuels them to function properly. The health of any pharmacy organization is directly related to the overall quality and effectiveness of their data solutions. 
 
Who are you dealing with?
While data supports countless organizational functions, one of the most valuable is answering the question, “Who”? Providers, patients, members, payers, networks—there are a wide range of people and organizations you interact with in a variety of ways. Knowing who they are, and understanding their circumstances, needs and motivations is valuable identity intelligence. 
 
LexisNexis® Health Care, the leader in provider verification, introduces the Identity Intelligence Suite, a continuum of data-powered solutions that enable a multi-dimensional perspective and deeper understanding of providers, members and patients. 
 
The Identity Intelligence Suite enhances the user’s ability to perform critical functions, including:
 
Verification — With thousands of interactions every day, it’s important to authenticate, verify and resolve all identities interacting with your organization. Beyond basic verification, LexisNexis solutions like, Instant Authenticate™ and Instant Verify™, can help users identify fraud risks and access real time, point-of-need identity information searches.
 
Management — Data is constantly changing and a high percentage erodes and loses accuracy every year. LexisNexis® MemberPoint® monitors, enhances and augments identity data to ensure profiles are as complete and accurate as possible.
 
Decisioning — Identity Intelligence Suite leverages big data analytics to extract insights and intelligence about individuals and providers—both inside and outside of the traditional health care spectrum. The addition of non-traditional information layers, like provider licensures and patient socioeconomic health attributes and scores, can reveal a clearer picture of potential risks, outcomes, costs and opportunities. Relationship mapping tools translate data intelligence into visual overviews making valuable business insights easy to spot and understand.
 
 
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