SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Health Mart®, a franchise of more than 3,200 independently-owned pharmacies across all 50 states, kicked off the 2014 Health Mart Healthy Living Tour at Pharmacy Development Service’s Independent Pharmacy Business Growth Conference in Orlando, Fla. The nationwide tour features a mobile screening vehicle that will visit more than 130 communities across the U.S. to provide health education and free health screenings.
Sponsored by Health Mart Pharmacy, the 2014 Health Mart Healthy Living Tour aims to help identify people at risk for a variety of health conditions that can be better managed with the help of a pharmacist. This year’s tour will go beyond the traditional focus on diabetes to include screenings for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity. Tour attendees are encouraged to engage with their local Health Mart pharmacists on healthcare-related topics and partner for better health. While on tour, Health Mart will award ten pharmacists the “Health Mart® Community Care Excellence Award” for providing exemplary care and services that add measurable value to patient healthcare and community wellness.
At each Healthy Living Tour visit, complimentary screenings will be offered to the following pharmacy patrons and community members:
- Diabetes screening (blood glucose and additional HbA1C tests for those deemed “at risk” for diabetes) – participant must be at least 18 years of age
- Blood pressure screening – participant must be at least 18 years of age
- Total cholesterol screening – participant must be at least 20 years of age
- Obesity screening (body mass index, waist circumference, body composition) – participant must be at least six years of age
“Community pharmacists play an important role in their local area by providing broader access to clinical services and medication counseling, which can help patients better manage a variety of health conditions,” said Steve Courtman, president, Health Mart. “Health Mart is committed to improving patient care and outcomes, and the Health Mart Healthy Living Tour expands the ability of Health Mart pharmacists to work closely with their patients as an integral member of the healthcare team.”
Continually ranked the most affordable, trusted and accessible healthcare resource, community pharmacists can provide advice on over-the-counter medicines to treat minor ailments, as well as helping patients manage more serious conditions and adhere to their prescribed medication regimen. Ninety-five percent of all Americans live within five miles of their community pharmacy, including the more than 3,200 locally owned independent Health Mart pharmacies across the country.
For more information about the Health Mart Healthy Living Tour, please visit www.healthmart.com/tour.
About Health Mart®
Health Mart is America’s fastest-growing independent pharmacy franchise with more than 3,200 locally owned community pharmacies in all 50 states. Health Mart pharmacists provide personalized care and take the time to help patients understand their prescription-drug coverage, how to safely manage multiple medications, and how to take advantage of lower-cost medication options. As an important member of the healthcare team, Health Mart pharmacists possess strong clinical knowledge and partner with their patients, and their patients’ other healthcare providers, to help them manage and improve patients’ health. The Health Mart franchise is owned by Health Mart Systems, Inc., which is an affiliate of McKesson Corporation. To find a locally owned Health Mart pharmacy near you, visit www.healthmart.com, where you will also find comprehensive online health and wellness information.
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit www.mckesson.com.
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