URI to honor CVS Caremark for contributions to College of Pharmacy building, research

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Sept. 19 event to feature tours, demonstrations of labs in action

WHO: David M. Dooley, URI president; Larry Merlo, chief executive officer and president of CVS Caremark Corp., E. Paul Larrat, interim dean of URI’s College of Pharmacy and Sean Haggerty, URI pharmacy student.

WHAT: University officials, pharmacy faculty and pharmacy students will join CVS Caremark Corp. leaders for a ribbon-cutting to formally celebrate and dedicate CVS named facilities within the College of Pharmacy supported by the Woonsocket-based corporation. The $75 million home of URI’s College of Pharmacy opened last fall. Tomorrow’s ceremonies will give URI leaders a chance to recognize CVS Caremark specifically for its contributions to the success of the building project itself, as well as its lengthy record of support for the College of Pharmacy and URI overall.

Faculty and students will give demonstrations and tours of the CVS Caremark Professional Practice Laboratory, CVS Caremark Teaching Wing, CVS Caremark Interdisciplinary Health Delivery Simulation Laboratory and CVS Caremark Multipurpose Teaching Laboratory. The inclusion of such facilities in the building was due in large part to a $2 million pledge made by CVS Caremark in 2009 to support the project and the pharmacy college. It remains the largest single corporate gift to URI’s College of pharmacy in its 56-year-history.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 19, 11 to 11:30 a.m.–speaking program and ribbon-cutting; 11:35 a.m. — class visits, tours and demonstrations.

WHERE: URI College of Pharmacy building, 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston Campus.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: Contact Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862.