<p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<em>General David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired) Delivers Keynote <br />
<p style="text-align: center;"><em>Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General Recognized for Excellence in Patient Care</em><strong><em> <br />
<p><strong>New York City, N.Y. &ndash; </strong>The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation celebrated its 15<sup>th</sup> Annual Foundation Dinner last evening in New York City, New York. &nbsp;Due to the generosity of the Foundation&rsquo;s benefactors, more than $1.8 million was raised to support the Foundation&rsquo;s research, education and medication adherence initiatives. &nbsp;Walgreen Co. and Duane Reade Inc. were the premier sponsors of last evening&rsquo;s event.</p>
<p>General David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired), former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan delivered the keynote address, sharing with attendees his experiences in leading major military and intelligence operations over nearly four decades.&nbsp; </p>
<p>The NACDS Foundation Dinner also included recognition of outstanding contributions in advancing public health by Rear Admiral (RADM) <a href="http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/about/biographies/biodeputy.html">Scott F. Giberson</a>, acting U.S. deputy surgeon general.&nbsp; </p>
<p>In accepting the 2014 NACDS Foundation Excellence in Patient Care Award, Giberson, who is a pharmacist, was recognized for his service in a number of leadership capacities within the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness, including director, chief professional officer, (pharmacy), chief pharmacist, and senior public health advisor.&nbsp; </p>
<p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s evident by Giberson&rsquo;s commitment to service &ndash; both to the nation and patients &ndash; that he is fully deserving of this year&rsquo;s NACDS Foundation Excellence in Patient Care Award,&rdquo; said NACDS Foundation President Kathleen Jaeger.&nbsp; &ldquo;We are honored to recognize his distinguished career in patient care, and thank him for his continued service to the nation.&rdquo; </p>
<p>Concluding an evening of recognition and good will, Jaeger said, &ldquo;We are deeply grateful for the support and commitment of the NACDS Foundation benefactors.&nbsp; The Foundation's engagement in research and education would be limited without your support and your active participation. &nbsp;We look forward to continued collaboration as the NACDS Foundation strengthens its mission to benefit patients, improve outcomes and advance public health.&rdquo;</p>