Personnel Updates:
Katz Group Canada has appointed Ken Keelor as Chief Merchandising Officer, effective immediately. Keelor will oversee all merchandising and marketing functions for the Rexall family of pharmacies
Kinney Drugs promoted Owen Halloran to Senior VP of Pharmacy Procurement
Rite Aid Corporation hired Susan Henderson, a communications executive with more than 25 years experience, as Senior VP and Chief Communications Officer.
Industry Insight:
Giant Eagle is preparing to open its first in-store clinic in Pennsylvania on Monday when the Healthy Directions clinic in this Pittsburgh suburb relocates to the Giant Eagle supermarket here.
Good Neighbor Pharmacy recently signed an agreement with the University of Southern California, providing a unique, international travel health program for community pharmacists,
Henry Ford Health System is working to increase its capacity to serve patients in metropolitan Detroit through a new collaborative effort with CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic.
Target opened three new retail clinics at stores in the Twin Cities. The Target openings are part of a plan by the retailer to open eight new retail clinics at stores this year in the Twin Cities, Illinois and Florida.
Publix Super Markets will offer free diabetes screenings at more than 800 Publix stores this year. Appointments are not necessary and test results will be given onsite within minutes. Customers will receive a free blood glucose test and diabetes educational material. The screenings will be conducted by Cholestcheck Corp. and sponsored in part by Bayer HealthCare Diabetes Care.
Walgreens has signed on to convert or open at least 1,000 stores across the country using its food oasis concept over the next five years as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s and the Partnership for a Healthier America’s recent announcement to bring healthy, affordable food to nearly 10 million people during that time period.

WellSpan Health is planning to open this fall three CareExpress walk-in health clinics in York County, PA of which two clinics will be located inside Giant Food Stores.
Real Estate:
Assured Pharmacy has signed a lease for its fifth pharmacy, which will be located in Kansas City.
Technology News:
Walgreens’ Take Care Health Systems unveiled an enhanced website that provides patients with online access to estimated clinic wait times, clinical quality scores and cost of services at clinics nationwide.