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CCA elects Golinkin as president

BY Michael Johnsen

PHILADELPHIA Web Golinkin, president and chief executive officer of RediClinic has been elected president of the Convenient Care Association, the association announced Monday.

Golinkin succeeds Hal Rosenbluth, chairman of Take Care Health Systems, who served as the CCA’s first president.

“The CCA’s main focus during the next year will be to ensure that the industry’s key constituencies understand how successful convenient care providers are at delivering easier access to high-quality, affordable healthcare to millions of Americans,” Golinkin said. “This should be welcome news at a time when consumers, third-party payers and legislators are searching for ways to increase the responsiveness and cost-effectiveness of our nation’s healthcare system.”

“While we’ve accomplished a great deal in our first year, the year ahead is a critical one for the CCA,” Rosenbluth said. “Our continued rapid growth as an industry calls for strong leadership. Web has what it takes to move us forward as an organization, and to ensure our place at the table as an integral part of healthcare reform.”

In addition, Kimberly Ann Hodgkinson, director of finance for Aurora Healthcare Ventures, was elected treasurer after serving the previous year as the association’s secretary.

The elections were held at the annual CCA meeting, Oct. 15, in Washington.

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IRI hosts town meetng for Wal-Mart suppliers

BY Drew Buono

CHICAGO Information Resources Inc. is a hosting a Wal-Mart Supplier Town Hall Meeting to show the latest innovations in product assortment and space planning solutions to help suppliers grow their business with Wal-Mart.

IRI will address its partnership with Bentonville Software Associates that will align the customer data and space planning processes that use each company’s software. Wal-Mart relies on these companies to help their suppliers improve category performance and reduce internal labor costs. The software from the companies also streamlines data integration, sales forecasting, as well as evaluates profitability and out of stocks.

The meeting will take place on Oct. 30th in Rogers, Ariz. From 8-11:30 a.m. CST.

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Educational children’s book about hemophilia published by Bayer and BioRx

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Bayer HealthCare and BioRx, a specialty pharmaceutical company, have joined together to publish a children’s book about hemophilia.

Written by Chris Perretti Barnes, the mother of a young boy with hemophilia A, I AM NATE is the second in a series of books intended to educate children about hemophilia.

“For children living with hemophilia, learning and talking about hemophilia and inhibitors can be overwhelming, confusing, and scary,” said Barnes. “I AM NATE can help parents open up lines of communication with their child and begin a discussion in a friendly, fun, and safe way. It is wonderful that both Bayer and BioRx value educating youth in the hemophilia community.”

Hemophilia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by prolonged or spontaneous bleeding, especially into the muscles, joints or internal organs that effects about 17,000 Americans. Deficient or defective blood coagulation proteins, known as factor VIII or IX, cause the disease. The most common form of the disease is hemophilia A, or classic hemophilia, in which the clotting factor VIII is either deficient or defective. Hemophilia B is characterized by deficient or defective factor IX.

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