SOURCE: Lebhar-Friedman, Inc.

February 23, 2007 00:03 ET

Rosemarie Greco, Pennsylvania Governor's Office, to Address Retail Health Clinic Summit Attendees on Convenient Care

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 23, 2007 --Rosemarie Greco, director of The Governor's Office of Health Care Reform for Pennsylvania, will serve as the keynote speaker at the first Drug Store News/Convenient Care Association (CCA) Retail Health Clinic Summit.

The Retail Health Clinic Summit, taking place March 19, 2007 at Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, will bring together industry professionals to discuss the continuing evolution of retail health clinics and what it means for Rx and OTC companies, retailers and consumers.

Ms. Greco will address the summit to discuss Governor Ed Rendell's health care reform plan, especially as it relates to the convenient care industry and nurse practitioners. In her position, she is responsible for the health care reform agenda and oversees the secretaries of health, public welfare and aging and administration. Ms. Greco has also served the Commonwealth as a member of the Philadelphia Special Judiciary Nominating Panel, the Advisory Commission for the Department of Banking, Pennsylvania 2000, a statewide coalition for education reform, and the Foundation for a Drug Free Pennsylvania

The Retail Health Clinic design is relatively new and due to its affordability and accessibility, is a rapidly growing trend. The Summit will feature two interactive panel discussions, in addition to Ms. Greco's keynote. Participating on the panels are individuals from each of the CCA member organizations including MedBasics, Express Clinics and QuickHealth. Please visit http://www.drugstorenews.com/drsn/pdfs/07_cca_tipin_low.pdf for a complete listing of participating organizations. The Summit is sponsored by Bayer Health Care, GlaxoSmithKline and Wyeth Consumer Healthcare.

"The Pennsylvania administration has proposed a very promising agenda as far as the convenient care industry is concerned," says Tine Hansen-Turton, Executive Director of the Convenient Care Association. "We are delighted that Rosemarie Greco will discuss the governor's plans to reform the state's healthcare with summit members, and hope that the initiatives set forth in Pennsylvania will inspire other states to follow."

About Drug Store News

Drug Store News is a publication of Lebhar-Friedman, Inc., America's leading retail publishing company for over 80 years, serving over a million business managers and professionals across the globe. A publisher of periodicals, websites, directories, and newsletters, Lebhar-Friedman, Inc. is the leader in providing insightful and up-to-date news and analysis on the retail and restaurant industries.

About the Convenient Care Association (CCA)

The CCA is an association of convenient care clinics that provide accessible, affordable, quality health care throughout the United States. Convenient care clinics are being launched across the country to help provide care to meet the basic health needs of the public. The CCA is dedicated to ongoing development of uniform protocols, implementing medical record sharing procedures, and offering recommendations, based on established best practices, for patient follow-up care. These health care clinics, based in retail stores and pharmacies, are primarily staffed by advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners (NP) and clinical nurse specialists (CNS). They may also be staffed by physician assistants (PA), and/or physicians (MD or DO). Health care driven by the needs of the patient is at the heart and soul of the Convenient Care movement.

For more information on the Retail Health Clinic Summit, contact Laurie Reese at (212) 756-5195 or LReese@LF.com or visit www.drugstorenews.com.

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