Walgreen tests virtual doctor visits through app
Walgreen is testing a telemedicine service that lets patients see a doctor without leaving home or even visiting any of the drugstore chain's clinics.
The Deerfield, Ill., company says patients in California or Michigan can contact a physician around the clock through Walgreen's mobile application for smartphones or tablet computers.
The visits cost $49, and doctors can diagnose and treat conditions like pink eye that don't require a physical exam. They also can write prescriptions.
Walgreen is the nation's biggest drugstore chain, with more than 8,200 locations.
Walgreen and other drugstore chains have been increasing their health care offerings. Walgreen runs 420 in-store clinics, and company officials say they think the app will help build brand loyalty.
Health insurers such as Anthem and hospital groups also offer virtual doctor visits.
State gives nod to Goodwill Manasota
MANATEE -- The Florida Division of Blind Services honored Goodwill Manasota with its "Exemplary Employer Award."
The honor was given recognition of the agency's partnership with the state division, and the support Goodwill shows for individuals who are blind or visually impaired by creating employment opportunities for them.
When representatives from Goodwill Manasota began discussing future employment of those with visual impairments with the Florida Division of Blind Services, Margie Genter, vice president of mission for Goodwill, met with them to determine the possibility of a partnership.
The partnership with Florida Division of Blind Services, along with several other local agencies, is part of Goodwill's long-term plan to continue employing and training those with barriers to self-sufficiency. The agencies work together to schedule meetings, interviews, and transportation as needed.
Goodwill not only provides a life coach and case manager, but employees are paid above minimum wage.
First Bank donates to HOPE Family Services
BRADENTON -- First Bank recently made a $1,500 donation to HOPE Family Services in Manatee County, a non-profit agency helping those affected by domestic violence.
Twila Averill, branch manager at First Bank's west Bradenton location, serves as chairwoman of the HOPE Family Services' Board.
HOPE has been Manatee County's domestic violence service provider since 1979 and each year serves an average of 2,000 local individuals affected by domestic violence. All of HOPE's services are confidential and offered to those who need help at no charge.
First Bank has $5.89 billion in assets and 129 locations in Florida, Illinois, California, and Missouri.
Herald staff and wire reports