Wednesday, February 06, 2008

CVS Samaritan Van Program Celebrates 30 Years of Helping Motorists on the Nation's Highways

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — If you have ever been stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, a dead battery, or other vehicular emergency, you are probably familiar with the feeling of relief that comes when help arrives. For the last 30 years, the CVS Samaritan Van program has provided that help and relief to more than a million drivers in need of roadside assistance.

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark, launched its CVS Samaritan Van program in Rhode Island 30 years ago on Feb. 6, 1978, the same day that the "Blizzard of '78" struck the Northeast. The single vehicle and its driver immediately began to provide assistance to motorists who became stranded by the sudden storm.

Thirty years later, a fleet of CVS Samaritan Vans, patrolling highways around nine major U.S. cities, have traveled more than 10 million "help miles" and assisted more than a million people. The distinctive white vans with the red CVS/Samaritan logo have become a familiar site to commuters in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Providence, and Washington, D.C.

"By working in cooperation with local transportation departments, metro traffic centers, law enforcement and other emergency responders, our highly trained CVS Samaritan Van drivers provide welcome roadside assistance and support," said Eileen Howard Dunn, senior vice president of corporate communications and community relations at CVS Caremark. "By helping to keep people safe on our nation's highways, the CVS Samaritan Van program is part of our company's vision to strive to improve the quality of human life."

CVS Samaritan Van drivers, who are ASE-certified in motor vehicle repair and are also licensed EMTs, are capable of making numerous on-site repairs, administering medical help, or using their communications equipment to summon police, rescue vehicles or tow trucks. All repairs, supplies and aid they provide are free of charge.

The CVS Samaritan Van program is operated on behalf of CVS/pharmacy by Samaritania, Inc., located in Franklin, Mass.

CVS/pharmacy , the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation, is America's largest retail pharmacy with more than 6,200 retail locations. CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving the lives of those it serves by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in its stores and online.

This service provides free roadside assistance in 9 major markets and has helped thousands of people. The service operates on some of the busiest commuter routes in these markets, places where it is often dangerous to break down due to heavy traffic condition. Kudos to CVS on serving the community with this invaluable program.

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