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Kroger pharmacies honored by American Pharmacists Association
August 14th, 2014
CINCINNATI – Kroger Co. pharmacies have been recognized by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) with a 2014 Pinnacle Award for their contributions to patient care and health outcomes.
Kroger said Thursday that it was named this year's Group Practice-Health System-Corporation Award winner. The food and drug retailer and other award recipients will be honored in September during a ceremony at APhA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
"We are honored to receive this recognition," Philecia Avery, Kroger's vice president of pharmacy, said in a statement. "The Pinnacle Award is a testament to our pharmacy teams' amazing work and dedication to patient care."
Overall, Kroger operates more than 2,100 pharmacies in 34 states and Washington, D.C., under a variety of banners in its 2,640 supermarkets and multidepartment stores.
Kroger noted that its pharmacies work to provide customers with a holistic, personalized health experience beyond filling prescriptions. Its pharmacy services include vaccinations, medication therapy management and health screenings. Many Kroger pharmacy locations also provide more intensive education and management programs, such as diabetes and heart health coaching, diabetes self-management education, fitness, nutrition and weight management, and smoking cessation.
The company added that it's also employing innovative methods to improve medication adherence, reduce hospital readmissions and lower total health care costs.
"Collaboration has been a key to our success. Partnering with organizations like the APhA Foundation, health systems and universities has enabled us to develop and test unique interventions," stated Jim Kirby, Kroger's clinical coordinator. "These programs are using a team-based approach to provide patient-centered care and improve health outcomes."
APhA's Pinnacle Awards recognize significant contributions to the medication use process via increasing patient adherence, reducing drug misadventures, promoting the use of national treatment guidelines, improving patient outcomes or enhancing communication among the members of the health care team.
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