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Retail pharmacy preps for spring opening in Rugby

By Staff | Jan 20, 2012

The newest pharmacy in Rugby has not yet hit the construction stage, despite an original planned opening in fall 2011. The new projected opening date for Heart of America Clinic Pharmacy is May of 2012.

Pharmacists Erik Christenson and Tallie Schneider will be the majority owners in the retail pharmacy, named Heart of America Clinic Pharmacy. Christenson explains, “Our main delay is that the project, which started as just a retail pharmacy, expanded into a clinic remodel project for Heart of America Johnson Clinic as well.”

Heart of America Clinic Pharmacy will be connected to Heart of America Johnson Clinic in Rugby, with access available right in the clinic lobby. The project will include a complete remodel of the clinic’s medical records area and the clinic lobby, with a newly private check-in area for clinic patients. The retail pharmacy is the third phase in this three-part construction process, with construction being done by Mike Swanson of Rugby.

Christenson and Schneider will look to hire 2-3 pharmacy technicians in the next couple months. “We’re excited for our new retail pharmacy, as it will be convenient for clinic patients needing a prescription,” says Schneider. Software at the new pharmacy will allow for a physician to electronically submit a prescription while a patient is still in the exam room, so prescriptions can be picked up immediately after an appointment.

Both Christenson and Schneider state they are anxious to get this retail pharmacy off the ground and are excited to provide this service to the community. “It’ll be worth the wait. We can’t wait to officially open our doors,” says Christenson.

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