KINNEY DRUGS & THE ASSOCIATION ON AGING IN NY PARTNER TO OFFER SENIORS COMMUNITY-BASED COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS WITH APPOINTMENT ASSISTANCE THROUGH LOCAL OFFICES FOR THE AGING
3/1/2021

 

Gouverneur, NY – Kinney Drugs will partner with the Association on Aging in New York to provide a 10-week, 21-County pilot program providing community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics for seniors aged 65 and older. During the pilot, local NYS Offices for the Aging will provide telephone-based assistance for seniors to make appointments for these clinics only.

 

To date, COVID-19 vaccination appointments have been available almost exclusively through online scheduling systems.  As a result, seniors who have challenges accessing and/or using technology have been unable to secure COVID-19 vaccination appointments statewide.  The pilot program will test a simple and practical solution aimed at filling this gap. Together, Kinney, the Association on Aging in NY, and local Offices for the Aging will provide this much-needed service for some of the most vulnerable people. The Kinney/OFA clinics will begin the second week of March. Interested seniors should contact their local County Office for the Aging for appointments for upcoming clinics to be held in the following counties:

 

 

  1. Cayuga

  2. Clinton

  3. Cortland

  4. Essex

  5. Franklin

  6. Fulton

  7. Hamilton

  8. Herkimer

  9. Jefferson

  10. Lewis

  11. Madison

  12. Montgomery

  13. Oneida

  14. Onondaga

  15. Oswego

  16. Otsego

  17. Seneca

  18. St. Lawrence

  19. Tompkins

  20. Warren

  21. Wayne

 

 

“Securing a vaccination appointment is often too burdensome, especially for seniors who aren’t technologically savvy. Many do not have a caretaker to help them navigate this process, so it’s important that we assist these seniors in securing a vaccine. Being an already vulnerable population, they need us to be there for them. Bringing vaccine closer to their communities will be critical to protecting them against this virus and eventually ending this pandemic,” said John Marraffa, R.Ph., VP of Healthcare Services Integration for KPH Healthcare Services.

 

“We are proud to partner with the Association on Aging. Our pharmacists and team members continue to be there for our communities every step of the way, and this is one more way we can help those who need it most during this unprecedented time. As an employee-owned organization, we are proud to provide these immunizations and serve in this capacity,” said Rebecca Bubel, RPh, President of Kinney Drugs.

 

“The ability to partner with Kinney Drugs to ensure our most vulnerable older residents are able to secure appointments with the assistance of trained office for the aging staff is paramount to vaccine equity. We are thrilled to offer this program, and to move forward in collaboration with Kinney’s on this innovative model of care,” said Becky Preve, Executive Director, Association on Aging in NY.

 

About Kinney DrugsFounded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 96 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of six divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases; (5) Kinnect™, an on-site clinical care pharmacy; and (6) Aristacare, an infusion therapy pharmacy that offers both in-home infusion therapy (with HomeLife specialized nursing support) and operates an ambulatory infusion center. KPH Healthcare Services is an employee-owned company with approximately 4,300 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit. Learn more at www.kinneydrugs.com.

 

About Association on Aging in NYThe Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) is a not-for-profit organization that supports and advocates for New York's 59 mostly county-based Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and works collaboratively with a network of organizations that exist to promote independence, preserve dignity, and provide support for residents of New York State as they age. For more information, visit www.agingny.org

KINNEY DRUGS PARTNERS WITH LOCAL DISTILLERIES TO PROVIDE HAND SANITIZER IN STORES
5/21/2020

 

GOUVERNEUR, NY – Kinney Drugs has again expanded its “Love Local” product assortment with local distilleries Beak & Skiff of Lafayette, NY and Smugglers’ Notch Distillery of Jeffersonville, VT by offering their house-made hand sanitizer.

 

“Globally, hand sanitizer is in high demand and extremely short supply.  We are proud to have talented vendors who saw an opportunity to play a critical role in fighting the spread of COVID-19 by converting their distilleries to the production of hand sanitizer,” said Rick Cognetti, Kinney’s VP of Merchandising, Marketing & Retail Operations. In March, the FDA released a temporary policy for the preparation of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer products. “Both Smugglers’ Notch Distillery and Beak & Skiff took quick action to prioritize the production of this desperately needed item for our communities. We were happy to offer their products in addition to the hand sanitizer made by Clayton Distillery [Clayton, NY] that we introduced a few weeks ago,” added Cognetti.

 

 

Beak & Skiff is in its fifth generation of 100% family ownership and was eager to step up and start production.  “We have such a great connection to the people in our area due to our long history in Central New York, we knew we needed to help,” said Marianne Brennan, Senior Director of Brand Development for Beak & Skiff.  “We decided to convert 100% of our 1911 Distillery’s capacity to the production of hand sanitizer. Our team came together like never before to bring an important project to fruition in less than a week. Beak & Skiff is incredibly fortunate to have the infrastructure, equipment, and employees to execute this at light speed.  There is an opportunity for everyone to play a role in a crisis, and we are thrilled to partner with longtime business partner Kinney Drugs so that our hand sanitizer can reach as many people as possible,” added Brennan. 

 

 

Smugglers’ Notch Distillery also heeded the call to action by prioritizing the manufacturing of hand sanitizer, providing 100% of its supply first to frontline workers and the medical industry, and eventually extending the sale of their hand sanitizer to customers online. “I am the businessman, and my son is more the science guy,” said Ronald L. Elliott, Chairman and Co-Owner of Smugglers’ Notch Distillery.  “My son Jeremy went to the University of Vermont and started his career as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. Making hand sanitizer was a natural fit considering his background and our scientific approach to distilling award-winning spirits,” said Elliott. “We had several goals in making the sanitizer, keep our people employed, do what we can to help with the crisis, and price the product fairly – not to profit,” added Elliott. 

 

 

Smugglers’ Notch Distillery hand sanitizer landed on Kinney’s shelves April 15th and is available in 4 oz. bottles.  Of the 500,000 total bottles produced by Beak & Skiff, Kinney has taken in 20,000 12oz. bottles, available for purchase in stores now.

 

 

These new products are some of the newest additions to Kinney’s four-year-old “Love Local” program. “Through this program, Kinney has made a concerted effort to work with locally based companies that are committed to: (1) sourcing raw materials locally and sustainably; (2) producing and packaging locally; and (3) meeting the highest standards for quality and purity. Kinney currently offers more than 100 different “Love Local” foods, beverages, and health and beauty items. Customers love to discover products that were “made right here” on Kinney’s shelves. It’s one more way for Kinney to stay connected to our communities,” said Rick Cognetti, Kinney’s VP of Merchandising, Marketing & Retail Operations.

 

 

About Kinney Drugs: Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 97 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of four divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; and (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases. KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned company with more than 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit. Visit www.kinneydrugs.com for more information.

 

 

About Beak & Skiff: Beak & Skiff is a family-owned orchard that began in 1911 when George Skiff, an onion farmer on the North Side of Syracuse, and Andrew Beak, a dairy farmer, met at the farmers market and decided it would be fruitful to join forces and enter the emerging apple business. They found that the hillside area along Route 20 provided the perfect conditions for growing apples and began planting that very year.  Now in its fifth generation, Beak & Skiff continues to make advancements and improvement in and around the orchard. Beak & Skiff’s Apple Hill Campus, established in 1975, is now home to the Apple Hill Country Store and 1911 Tavern and Tasting Room.  Visit www.Beak&Skiff.com for more information.

 

 

About Smugglers’ Notch Distillery:  Smugglers’ Notch Distillery® is a father/son partnership in Jeffersonville, Vermont. The distillery was founded in 2006 at the foot of the famed Smugglers’ Notch, site of many a clandestine bootleggers’ run through this rugged Vermont mountain pass.  Smugglers’ Notch Distillery® provides spirits worthy of the cause. Using the finest ingredients blended with pristine Vermont spring water, we make barrel age, blend, and hand-bottle remarkably distinctive, award-winning spirits one small batch at a time.  Visit www.smugglersnotchdistillery.com for more information.

 

 

KINNEY DRUGS & HOLY SHIRT! PARTNER TO SUPPLY FACE MASKS TO KINNEY EMPLOYEES
5/6/2020

 

GOUVERNEUR, NY – Thanks to Holy Shirt!, a local apparel company in Syracuse, all employees of Kinney Drugs across New York and Vermont were supplied with reusable face masks for everyday use. On April 13th, over 4,000 masks were ordered from the local vendor and in only 5 days, Kinney Drugs had supplies for all of their internal employees.

 

“Globally, face masks and face coverings of all kinds have been in high demand and extremely short supply,” said Rick Cognetti, VP of Marketing, Merchandising & Retail Operations for Kinney Drugs. “We were very happy to partner with another local business to source this product. Face masks are an essential item needed to protect our employees and help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

 

High demand for face coverings began early in the surge of COVID-19 cases, leading to increased pressures on the supply chain, when mandatory regulations were put in place.  “We were trying really hard to source reusable masks from a lot of different avenues that turned out to be dead ends,” said Lindsay Sterbank, Associate Category Manager at Kinney Drugs. “On a hunch, we gave Holy Shirt! a call and they immediately got to work and made it happen for us quickly, knowing Kinney’s urgent need to protect our employees.”

 

“Holy Shirt! is grateful for the partnership and the support from Kinney Drugs during a very challenging time for many small businesses. We are glad that we could provide high-quality masks in a timely manner and help ensure the safety of Kinney’s essential workers,” said John Groat, Holy Shirt! President. Because of their involvement in sourcing masks, Holy Shirt! has been given a NYS exemption deeming its business essential. As a result, Holy Shirt! continues to provide customizable masks to the public online and during pop-up shops at their Erie Boulevard location. “We are very proud to support our community during this unprecedented time,” added Groat.

 

About Kinney Drugs: Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 97 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of four divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; and (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases. KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned company with more than 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit.

 

About Holy Shirt!: Holy Shirt! is a custom apparel company in Syracuse. John Groat started the business in 1987 to work his way through Syracuse University. He was soon joined by his brother Chris, who graduated shortly after. In the time since, the brothers and their hard-working staff have supplied products to thousands of customers in Central and Northern New York, nationally, and even to US Military bases overseas. Each Christmas, Holy Shirt! gives back by sponsoring "Hoodies for the Homeless", a program that outfits 1000 homeless men and women in Syracuse and surrounding areas.

 

KINNEY DRUGS RESPONDS TO GOV. CUOMO'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ALLOWING NY PHARMCISTS TO PERFORM COVID-19 TESTS
4/28/2020

 

Gouverneur, NY – Saturday, April 25th, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order (EO) granting NYS pharmacists the ability to order and perform CLIA-waived COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing. Previously, pharmacists were not authorized to perform CLIA-waived tests in NY without an order from a physician or nurse practitioner. The new Executive Order removed this barrier for COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing.

 

A diagnostic test is performed on a patient who meets specific criteria to ascertain if the patient is currently infected with the COVID-19 virus. An antibody test is performed to ascertain if a patient has had a COVID-19 infection in the past. Diagnostic testing requires a high level of personal protective equipment (PPE) and should be provided outside of the retail pharmacy, in a drive-thru type setting. Antibody testing can typically be offered in a routine pharmacy setting.

 

Kinney Drugs is actively assessing our ability to provide both diagnostic and antibody testing. The company is in the process of developing a plan, which includes sourcing an adequate supply of test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE), training staff, preparing and staffing testing sites, and documenting proper workflow and procedures. Kinney is engaging with partners at the state level as part of this process and will keep the public updated when testing can be made available.

 

“Kinney’s top priority has always been the health and safety of our patients and employees. We are happy that pharmacists have been called upon to take a significant role in the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize the importance of testing in curtailing the spread of coronavirus,” said Rebecca Bubel, R.Ph., President of Kinney Drugs. “We’d like to assure everyone that our pharmacy teams are working very hard to rise to this challenge and will provide more information on testing as soon as we possibly can. Please check our website at www.kinneydrugs.com for updates,” she added.

 

 

About Kinney Drugs: Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 97 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of four divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; and (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases. KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned company with more than 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit.

 

KINNEY DRUGS WORKS WITH LOCAL COMPANY TO INSTALL SHIELDS TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS AND HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
3/27/2020

 

GOUVERNEUR, NY – By day’s end, all Kinney Drugs locations will have acrylic shields installed in the pharmacy drop-off and pick-up areas and at the front registers to protect customers and employees and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

 

“This is a perfect example of how our employee-owners can work together with local partners to make things happen fast,” said Rebecca Bubel, R.Ph., President of Kinney Drugs. “Just this past Saturday, we put this plan into motion. Here we are, less than one week later, and all 97 stores have them installed. Our construction and merchandising operations teams were nothing short of amazing. They reached out to Small Town Supply ACE Hardware, a long-time neighbor and business partner in Gouverneur. Small Town Supply was able to source all the acrylic from the ACE warehouse in Wilton, NY. Our team jumped in one of our trucks to pick up the raw materials, then brought it all back to the shop to hand-drill each shield. They were installed less than 48 hours later in all stores in New York and Vermont. It’s pretty incredible.”

 

Clark Porter, owner of Small Town Supply ACE Hardware, said, “We are just trying to fill any void that we can possibly right now during this challenging time. We’ve been working with Kinney for several years, and we are very happy that we could help with this project.”

 

Bubel added, “It’s times like these that make me so proud both of our truly amazing employees and the fabulous community partnerships we have built. Our store teams and customers are so grateful.”

 

 

About Kinney Drugs: Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 97 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of four divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; and (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases. KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned company with more than 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit. Visit our store locator at www.kinneydrugs.com/locations to find a Kinney Drugs near you.

 

 

KINNEY DRUGS TO "RETIRE" ITS ICONIC ORANGE BAGS & PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY REUSABLE BAGS
2/17/2020

 

GOUVERNEUR, NY – Kinney Drugs is officially “retiring” its orange bags to comply with the New York State Bag Waste Reduction Act, which takes effect March 1, 2020. Under the law, municipalities may also choose to collect a 5-cent fee per paper bag (except pharmacy bags); which at this time only affects Kinney’s stores in Tompkins County. (The company is electing not to charge a fee where not required to do so.)

 

Kinney’s bag “retirement” campaign launches in New York stores February 16-February 29 with a customer contest in which customers can submit their Kinney bag “love” stories, poems, videos, pictures, or special memories for a chance to win one of three $100 Kinney gift cards and a case of Kinney bags. (Details at www.kinneydrugs.com.) The campaign will conclude with a “retirement party” for the Kinney bag with cake and light refreshments. The party will begin at 12PM Saturday, February 29, 2020 with the official bag retirement “ceremony” at 2PM. The public is invited to attend. All day February 29 and March 1, 2020, Kinney also will be giving away a free reusable bag to each customer who makes a purchase of $10 or more.

 

“For decades, our bags have been a true icon throughout Kinney Country,” said Judith Cowden, Senior Director of Marketing & Advertising. “With their bright orange color and big blue Kinney logo, they are instantly recognizable. That said, we know we need to do everything we can for the environment. Kinney’s goal is to shift customers not to paper, but to our new reusable bags, which we hope our customers will come to appreciate as much as they did our plastic ones.”

 

About Kinney Drugs: Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 97 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of four divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; and (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases. KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned company with more than 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit. Visit our store locator at www.kinneyd rugs.com/locations to find a Kinney Drugs near you.

 

 

KINNEY DRUGS 2019 NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY CAMPAIGN RAISES $41,000 FOR AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION (SECOND HIGHEST IN THE NATION)
2/17/2020

 

Gouverneur, NY – Kinney Drugs has earned special recognition for 2019 as the #2 fundraiser in the country from the American Heart Association. Kinney raised $41,000 through a month-long in-store National Wear Red Day® fundraising campaign.

 

Wear Red Day®, the first Friday in February, is the American Heart Association’s campaign that encourages employees in businesses across the U.S. to wear red and donate $5 to help fight heart disease in women. For its 2019 campaign, Kinney employees, customers, partners, vendors and its general community all donated critical funds for research and for people living with heart disease and stroke.

 

With fundraising efforts only behind those of Morgan Stanley, Becky Bubel, R.Ph, President, Kinney Drugs said, “We are very honored to be in such esteemed company. For a regional, employee-owned retail pharmacy chain to come in second only to a large, global company is truly remarkable. But it also suggests something that we have always known: We are privileged to have the most generous customers, employees, and business partners and we want to thank them for that generosity.”

 

The American Heart Association’s Franklin Fry, Executive Director for Greater Syracuse, presented Kinney officials a plaque to recognize their outstanding achievement at a recent leadership conference in the region. [Franklin Fry presents plaque to Pavi Chigateri, Chief Technology Officer, KPH Healthcare Services, and Executive Committee Member of Go Red for Women of Greater Syracuse accepts plaque on behalf of Kinney Drugs.]

 

“Every year this campaign during American Heart Month generates much-needed funds for programming, education, and research. This support from the customers and employees of Kinney Drugs helps us educate our local communities on best practices in treatment, and how women can stay healthy and avoid heart disease and stroke. In 2019, we funded more than $1 million in local scientific research, thanks to extremely dedicated companies such as Kinney Drugs and all of KPH Healthcare Services.”

 

Kinney’s goal this year is to surpass last year’s donation of $41,000. Throughout the month of February, customers may contribute in-store by donating $1 to receive a Red Dress pin at all Kinney stores.

 

 

About Kinney Drugs: Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 97 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of four divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; and (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases. KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned company with more than 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit. Visit our store locator at www.kinneydrugs.com/locations to find a Kinney Drugs near you.

 

About Go Red for Women: The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement is the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For 16 years, Go Red for Women has provided a platform for women to come together, raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocate for change and improve the lives of all women everywhere. The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health. Connect with us on GoRedforWomen.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-888-MY-HEART (1- 888-694-3278).