Wegmans ranks high on J.D. Power and Associates 2009 National Pharmacy Study
ROCHESTER, N.Y. The results of J.D. Power and Associates 2009 National Pharmacy Study were recently released, with Wegmans Pharmacy ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Supermarket Pharmacies,” Wegmans announced earlier this week.
More than 12,000 consumers participated in the web-based study that was conducted in May and June of this year. Seven key factors were measured: pharmacists, non-pharmacist staff, convenience, medication availability and information, store layout and design, cost competitiveness and remote ordering convenience.
“This recognition is special because it shows just how much our employees care for our customers each and every day,” stated Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman. “The relationships our pharmacy people build with our customers are truly meaningful.”
In addition to supermarket pharmacies, mass merchandisers and chain drug stores were ranked in separate categories. Wegmans’ score of 865 (out of a possible 1,000) was the highest among all pharmacies in the supermarket category.
Wegmans opened its first pharmacy at its Lyell Avenue store Rochester in 1972. Today, the company operates pharmacies in all of its stores, with 400 pharmacists and 1,600 pharmacy technicians on staff.
CVS Caremark to distribute free seasonal flu-shot vouchers to the unemployed
WOONSOCKET, R.I. In response to the current economic state, CVS Caremark announced it has begun to provide 100,000 free seasonal flu shots to the unemployed as part of its efforts to help keep Americans healthy this flu season. The initiative kicks off Thursday at The Work Place, a member of the Massachusetts Career One-Stop Initiative in Boston.
In more than 20 markets across the country, CVS Caremark will offer vouchers for free seasonal flu shots worth a total of $3 million. The vouchers will be distributed at participating One-Stop Career Centers and other select employment training agencies that offer career resources, training, and workforce information to job seekers, students, and businesses.
Beginning the week of Oct. 5, participating employment centers will offer free flu shot vouchers for distribution to their unemployed clients. The vouchers can be redeemed at CVS/pharmacy stores during a scheduled flu shot clinic or at MinuteClinic health centers located within select CVS/pharmacy stores during their regular hours of operation; no appointment necessary. Free flu shot vouchers will not be available at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic.
Participating employment centers are located in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
“The unemployed are particularly vulnerable this flu season, as many lack health insurance or employer coverage for a flu shot. We are excited to get this program underway and to start providing protection for this group as early in the flu season as possible,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., chief medical officer for CVS Caremark.
Walgreens opens 7,000th store in Brooklyn, N.Y.
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens is celebrating the grand opening Thursday of its 7,000th store.
Brooklyn, N.Y. state and local officials will welcome the retailer to another New York neighborhood during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Eastern time. The new store in the Gravesend neighborhood, near iconic Coney Island.
As part of the grand opening, the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is offering free health screenings to all adult attendees and flu shot vouchers to uninsured adults in the store’s parking lot today. The appearance by the customized, traveling health-screening bus is part of a nationwide tour of nine vehicles to deliver free health screenings across the country for early detection and prevention of diseases, as well as health education. Screenings test for total cholesterol level, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels and body mass index.
The Coney Island-themed grand opening will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony, food, music and entertainment. Guest speakers include Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz and other state and local officials. Walgreens also will donate $7,000 to Lenny’s Lighthouse, a Brooklyn charity that provides support to people with disabilities.
“For the last decade we have focused on finding the best corners in America to provide consumer goods and pharmacy and health and wellness services,” said Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson. “Today, more than 50% of the U.S. population lives within two miles of a Walgreens and close to 75% lives within five miles.”