(Last Updated On: August 17, 2016)

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NC MedAssist will hold a free Over the Counter (OTC) Medicine Give Away Day in Forsyth County on Friday, August 26. The event, made possible by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health, is open to any individual or family in need of OTC medication. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, located at 799 N. Highland Ave. Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

“We are privileged to support the OTC Medicine Give Away Day as a part of our ongoing commitment to serving the Forsyth County community,” stated Ronda Outlaw, senior community executive for Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.

“By collaborating with NC MedAssist, we can help provide medications to those in need and have the opportunity for people to speak with pharmacists all free of charge. We are also able to reach those individuals with who are Medicaid eligible or uninsured who could benefit from the services that we provide in Forsyth County and surrounding areas.“ NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help alleviate the strain on the healthcare system by providing medications to those who normally use the emergency room for reasons such as: fever, minor pain relief and treating cold and indigestion symptoms.

“This partnership with Cardinal Innovations is beneficial to our Forsyth County neighbors who may not be aware of the services they may be eligible to receive through NC MedAssist’s Free Pharmacy Program,” stated NC MedAssist Executive Director Lori Giang. “It’s important to make these connections for the community because we understand that those we serve often have to make difficult decisions between healthcare medications and buying food.”

The organizers of OTC Give Away Day in Forsyth County plan to distribute nearly $100,000 in medications to the community. Each participant will receive at least $80 worth of OTC product including items such as: cold, cough and indigestion medicine, Band-Aids, pain relief, allergy relief, vitamins and children’s medicine.

The OTC program is run completely by volunteers, as it takes many hands to ensure it runs smoothly and that all participants are served before the door closes.

If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Tonia Harris at 704.350.3574, or visit NEW WEB SERVICE OFFERS LIVE, REAL-TIME BUS TRACKING FOR GTA AND HEAT

With evolving transit technologies making use of public transportation easier and more efficient, GTA is offering a new tool for riders with their first real-time bus tracking system. Launching today, the GTA/Transloc bus tracker allows users to view the live status of any GTA or HEAT bus through an internet browser or a downloadable app. On the web page located at, users will view distinctive-colored icons representing GTA and HEAT’s 27 daily and weekend routes updated several times per second. Corresponding lines map the path of each route throughout Greensboro and Jamestown along with arrows to distinguish direction of travel. A click on the icons will reveal the associated bus route number, name and unit number. A quick hover over any of the almost 1,100 bus stops will display the minutes remaining until the next two arrivals. Need landmarks to help with navigation? Simply turn on the Google Earth overlay for a satellite view of the surrounding area.

The downloadable app available for iOS and Android offers these same features in addition to the ability to set a mobile alarm that will alert the user when the bus is 15, 10 or even 5 minutes away! Using the phone’s location services, users can immediately identify the closest bus routes and stops and save favorites that will provide ongoing updates for travel.

Although GTA marketing research shows a vast majority of riders possess “smart” phones and devices, patrons with phones with a minimum of texting capability can also benefit from the GTA/ Transloc bus tracking system. Users can send a text to 41411 and in the body of the text enter gtaheat **** where * is the 4-digit bus stop code. The user will immediately receive remaining times for the next two or three arrivals at the stop. For example, a text sent with gtaheat 4000 will return the impending arrivals at the J. Douglas Galyon Depot Transfer Center. For ease of identification, GTA is working to install numbers at each of the stops, but in the interim, users can obtain bus stop numbers from, or by calling 336-335-6499.

Learn more about the GTA/Transloc bus tracker by visiting !