NEWS RELEASE

March 4, 2009

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Storehouse Nursing Clinic has received 30 Walgreens True Touch Blood Glucose Monitors from several Walgreens locations in Albuquerque to help diabetic Storehouse clients monitor their blood sugar.

The Storehouse is a 43-year-old non-profit that is an affiliate of the New Mexico Conference of Churches in Downtown Albuquerque. It provides food and clothing to between 100 and 150 primarily low-income working people in need, five days a week.

The University of New Mexico College of Nursing holds weekly community health nursing clinics at the Storehouse to provide health screenings, health education and community resource information.

"With these new monitors, we will be able to help diabetic Storehouse clients more regularly monitor their blood sugar, as many of the diabetic clients are uninsured and lack the ability to purchase monitors or buy strips for the monitors on a regular basis," said Louise Kahn, MSN, PNP, RN and director of the Storehouse Nursing Clinic.

"As one of the country’s top sources for health care needs, Walgreens wants to do what it can to make sure those in our community have the tools they need to live healthier lives," said Jennifer Ortega, Walgreens pharmacy supervisor. "With this donation of blood glucose monitors, we hope to help families affected by diabetes who are also struggling in this rough economy."