Business Briefs: Week of March 8

RRHS receives Essential Community Provider status

The Minnesota Department of Health recently designated Rum River Health Services an Essential Community Provider (ECP). ECPs serve high-risk, special needs and underserved individuals and must meet certain qualifications such as:

■ Provide or coordinate supportive and stabilizing services, such as transportation, child care, linguistic services, and culturally sensitive and competent services to its clients.

■ Serve all patients, regardless of their financial limitations.

■  Charge patients for their services based on a sliding fee schedule, if the ECP is a nonprofit organization.

RRHS is in the process of opening a primary health care clinic to serve uninsured and underinsured individuals in our area. The health care clinic will include well-child exams, primary health care services, dentistry, health education classes and more.


Shopko-Pamida merger complete

The merger between two of the nation’s leading Midwest-based general merchandise retail chains, Shopko and Pamida, is now complete, creating one of the largest U.S. retailers focused on serving smaller, rural communities.   With nearly $3 billion in annual revenues, the combined entity, which is retaining the Shopko name, features nearly 350 locations in 22 states with more than 20,000 employees.    Financial details of the merger were not disclosed.

Shopko will be headquartered in Green Bay and Pamida’s corporate headquarters in Omaha will be consolidated into the Green Bay office over the next several months.  Shopko President, Chairman and CEO W. Paul Jones will retain his position, providing leadership for the combined company.  Pamida CEO John Harlow will serve on the leadership team and help direct the integration process.


Businesses support reading program

Princeton first graders will have a new favorite book soon, thanks to the generosity of some Princeton businesses.

Plastic Products, Inc., Princeton VFW, Princeton Animal Clinic, Sylva, Thrifty White Pharmacy and the ShopKo Foundation are making it possible for “My Favorite Book” to be distributed soon at South Elementary School. A copy of the hard-cover book, which focuses moral values, goes home with each student. In addition, a copy of the book and an interactive CD are provided to the school library.


Patients wanted for heart attack study

The CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center is seeking patients to participate in a clinical research study investigating the use of a drug and its ability to reduce risk of future heart attacks and other cardiovascular events such as stroke.

Men or women who have had a myocardial infarction at least 30 days ago may qualify to participate in the research study. Qualified participants will receive all study-related care and medication at no cost. Participants may continue their current medications throughout the study. For additional eligibility requirements and information, contact research coordinator Jen Humbert at 251-2700, Ext. 57560, or email her at [email protected]


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