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7 November 2013

Ralphs Provides Financial Support to Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM)
$5,000 Donation to AMGA's Campaign Will Help Improve Efforts to Control High Blood Pressure

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The American Medical Group Association (AGMA) announced today that Ralphs, a supermarket chain in the Southern California area, awarded $5,000 to Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM), a national effort to control rates of high blood pressure across the nation.

Ralphs' donation will support public education and raise public awareness by focusing on the role that pharmacists and pharmacies play in the prevention and control of high blood pressure.

"Ralphs pharmacies are proud to partner with AMGA on this critical initiative," said Rebecca Cupp, Vice President, Ralphs Pharmacy. "Educating our communities to improve the health of our patients and customers is the focus of our pharmacy teams."

Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM) is a three-year national campaign to improve high blood pressure prevention, detection, and control, spearheaded by the American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF), the AMGA's nonprofit education and research arm. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to heart attacks, chronic heart failure, stroke, and other serious health issues.

High blood pressure, a disease that affects an estimated 67 million Americans, is one of our nation's most significant health issues.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high blood pressure contributes to nearly 1,000 deaths a day and accounts for an estimated $156 billion in health care services, medications and lost productivity.

"Pharmacists are a crucial part of an integrated health care team, especially in regards to high blood pressure," says Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMGA. "We are grateful to Ralphs for their generous support of AMGF's Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM) campaign and look forward to advancing the health of patients nationwide."

As part of its efforts, Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM) mobilizes medical groups and health systems to achieve the goal of having 80 percent of their patients with high blood pressure under control by 2016. The central mission of the campaign is to encourage medical groups and organized systems of care to adopt one or more evidence-based care processes that lead to measurable improvements in high blood pressure outcomes. More than 140 AMGA medical groups and health systems delivering care to more than 42 million patients have joined Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM).

The campaign also brings together national partners and sponsor organizations to work collectively to provide patients and communities information and tools that facilitate lifestyle changes, medication adherence, and other keys to successful blood pressure control.

Partners and supporting organizations of the campaign include the American Heart Association, American Kidney Fund, American Society of Hypertension, American Stroke Association, Association of Black Cardiologists, Institute for Health and Productivity Management, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Million Hearts(R) initiative, the Right Care Initiative, and WomenHeart. Ralphs joins seven campaign sponsors that are committed to helping resolve this public health challenge: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Withings, Aetna, Humedica, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Epic. For more information about the campaign, visit www.MeasureUpPressureDown.com.

About the Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM) Campaign
The American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF), the nonprofit arm of the American Medical Group Association, launched Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM)-a three-year national campaign to improve care and reduce the burden of high blood pressure on November 29, 2012. Measure Up/Pressure Down(TM) includes nearly 150 medical groups, health systems and national partners such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and Geisinger Health System. The goal of the three-year campaign is to have 80 percent of high blood pressure patients in control of their condition by 2016. www.measureuppressuredown.com

About Ralphs
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 230 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women's health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company's stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation's largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. www.ralphs.com

About AMGF
The American Medical Group Foundation (AMGF) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the American Medical Group Association and it supports and disseminates research on better ways to deliver health care that is scientifically sound and value-based. AMGF also develops and supports educational programs to enable all stakeholders-providers, payers, policymakers and patients to translate the evidence of what works best into everyday practice. www.amga.org/foundation 

About AMGA
The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing medical groups, health systems, and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious integrated delivery systems.  AMGA is a leading voice in advocating for efficient, team-based, and accountable care.  AMGA members encompass all models of organized systems of care in the healthcare industry, including: physician-owned, independent group practices, integrated delivery systems, hospital-affiliated medical groups, independent practice associations (IPAs), academic and faculty practices, accountable care organizations, and high-performing health systems. More than 130,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 120 million patients (approximately one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance. www.amga.org