Senator Dan Inouye and Governor Ed Rendell to be Recognized at the Retail Clinician Education Conference During National Convenient Care Clinic Week

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Inaugural National Convenient Care Clinic Week designed to highlight the importance of convenient care clinics and practioners in offering affordable and convenient health care. During the event, Senator Dan Inouye and Governor Ed Rendell will be honored for their efforts in promoting convenient care clinics. The award ceremony will feature a special address by Governor Rendell.

With high-quality, cost-efficient and accessible health care provided by these clinics both in the retail and worksite locations, convenient care clinics are well positioned to take a more prominent role as more Americans receive access to health care, and help payers lower cost and improve patient outcomes.

The Retail Clinician Education Conference, which will serve as the backdrop for the launch of the first annual National Convenient Care Clinic Week, will be honoring Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-HI and Gov. Ed Rendell, D-PA at their annual CARE (Clinician Awards for Retail Excellence) Awards being held on Monday, August 2.

The awards, which honor outstanding retail clinicians who go above and beyond the call of duty to achieve excellence in patient care, will be presented for their efforts to champion the industry and for the work they've done in promoting convenient care clinics.

Sen. Inouye, along with Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss, co-sponsored the resolution which has designated the week of Aug. 2 to 8 as National Convenient Care Clinic Week.

Accepting on behalf of Sen. Inouye will be Corina M. Barrow, RN, MSN, Lieutenant Colonel, Army Nurse Corps., and a key advisor to Sen. Inouye.

The award ceremony will also feature a special address by Gov. Rendell.

"We are very excited to launch Convenient Care Week, and for the support that we have received from Senators Inouye and Cochran, and Governor Rendell," said Tine Hansen-Turton, executive director of the CCA. "Convenient care clinics and their providers are part of the solution to ensure that all Americans have access to quality primary care when and where they need it and at a price they can afford."

Kicking off the conference on August 2, will be a Leadership Roundtable entitled Past, Present & Future of Convenient Care. Scheduled to take part in the discussion are: Web Golinkin, President and CEO, RediClinic, Andy Sussman, President, MinuteClinic, and Sandra Festa Ryan, Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer, Take Care Health Systems.

"Any solution to our healthcare challenges has to address cost, convenience and quality -- convenient care clinics meet all of these challenges head-on," said Wayne Bennett, publisher of The Drug Store News Group. "With high-quality, cost-efficient and accessible health care provided by these clinics both in the retail and worksite locations, convenient care clinics are well positioned to take a more prominent role as more Americans receive access to health care, and help payers lower cost and improve patient outcomes."

The Retail Clinician Education Congress is the only educational event focused on retail-based practitioners and their specific needs, and will be held in Orlando, Fla., from August 2-4. The event is a three-day educational and networking forum designed to meet the needs of the growing field of convenient care practitioners. Presented by Retail Clinician, in association with The Drug Store News Group and the Convenient Care Association, RCEC brings together retail clinicians from across the country to fine-tune their skills while earning CE/CME credits and learning about the latest products and services the industry has to offer.

The Drug Store News Group, which publishes Drug Store News, Retail Clinician, Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy Tech News, and Specialty Pharmacy, has been the voice of the retail drug industry for more than seven decades. The multimedia news and information leader, Drug Store News is read by nearly 90,000 industry professionals for its timely coverage of industry news, merchandising trends and pharmacy developments. Its authoritative articles and studies provide extensive coverage of every major segment of retail pharmacy, including drug and supermarket chains, mass merchandisers, club stores and independents, keeping it No. 1 in readership. It is the only publication in America that serves all of retail pharmacy.

The Convenient Care Association is the association of companies and healthcare systems that provide consumers with accessible, affordable, quality health care in retail-based locations. The CCA works primarily to enhance and sustain the growth of the convenient care industry through sharing of best practices and common standards of operation. The CCA was founded in October 2006.

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