Added Konrad, "Our pharmacy technicians, who often are the first to interact with patients, provide crucial support to our pharmacists, and in our locations with RediClinics, we're able to deliver an additional level of care through the expertise of our nurse practitioners. On behalf of our patients and Company, we thank both our pharmacy technicians and nurse practitioners for helping us further deliver on our mission of improving the health and wellness of our communities we serve."For nearly 15 years, Rite Aid has offered a recognition program as a way for customers a way to recognize members of Rite Aid's pharmacy team that have provided superior care and service. This year, Rite Aid renamed its long-standing Vote for Your Favorite Pharmacy Team Member program to Pharmacy Champions in honor of the Rite Aid pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and wellness ambassadors who champion the health of their customers, patients and communities. Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with more than 4,500 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at www.riteaid.com.
In celebration of American Pharmacists Month, this October, Rite Aid is recognizing its more than 11,000 pharmacists for all they do to care for their patients and communities throughout the year. From now through Oct. 31, through Rite Aid's Pharmacy Champions program, customers can recognize any Rite Aid pharmacist, pharmacy technician or wellness ambassador that has gone above and beyond by providing exceptional service by completing a nomination form online at www.riteaid.com/recognize. "Our pharmacy teams are passionate about their customers and they show this each and every day, in big and little ways," said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. "From navigating an insurance issue to providing a flu shot to counseling a patient on a new medication, in Rite Aid's eyes and in the eyes of those they care for, our pharmacy teams truly are champions. We couldn't be more grateful for all they do and our Pharmacy Champions program is great way to recognize and thank our pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and wellness ambassadors for the caring moments they create for their customers, patients and communities." Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select two Rite Aid pharmacy team member winners, a winning Rite Aid pharmacist and a winning Rite Aid pharmacy technician or wellness ambassador, and both will receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. Additionally, the two customers who recognized the winning Rite Aid pharmacy team members will receive $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. For complete details and official rules, go to any Rite Aid store or visit www.riteaid.com/recognize. All Rite Aid pharmacy team members recognized by customers will receive Pharmacy Champion lapel pin and a letter of commendation from Konrad and Bryan Everett, chief operating officer of Rite Aid Stores. In addition, Rite Aid will recognize its pharmacy technicians on National Pharmacy Technician Day on Tuesday, Oct. 17 for the support they provide to Rite Aid pharmacists and customers. The Company will also honor its RediClinic nurse practitioners for the care they provide to Rite Aid patients during National Nurse Practitioner Week, which begins on Sunday, Nov. 12.