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White Drug Has Two Of Their Own Honored

By Staff | May 8, 2015

Kyle DeMontigny in his office where he sees and consults with patients.

Kyle DeMontigny of Rugby, who is a pharmacist for White Drug in Rugby, was installed as the president of the North Dakota Pharmacists Association (NDPhA) at their 130th Annual Convention, which was held April 24-26 in Bismarck.

The North Dakota Pharmacists Association is a professional society made up of pharmacists in the state of North Dakota. The mission of the Association is to represent pharmacists and technicians as health care providers promoting the safe, rational, and cost-effective use of pharmaceuticals and medical devices through the provision of pharmaceutical care. Kyle graduated from NDSU College of Pharmacy in Fargo in 2000 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and started with Thrifty White Drug right out of school. After working briefly in Fargo, Kyle moved to Rugby in the summer of 2000. When asked how he felt moving to Rugby Kyle shared, “I had roots in Rugby, it is where my parents grew up and graduated high school.” Kyle has been practicing pharmacy for just over 15 years. Kyle is no stranger to the North Dakota Pharmacists Association, Kyle has been involved in the association for a good portion of his career, serving on the N.D. Pharmacy Service Corps as a district representative for many years. In addition Kyle has also served on the NDPhA board for the last 3 years.

When we asked Kyle how he felt about being named as the president of NDPhA with its long and storied history Kyle shared with us that, “It is an honor to serve as president of the NDPhA. North Dakota has historically been a leader in the nation in pharmacy related services. There are many challenges facing pharmacy in ND, both on a state and national level, but there are also many advances being made in pharmacy that can ultimately help us better serve our patients.” Kyle continued, “We need to make sure we continue to meet the needs of our patients, and continually improve as the practice of pharmacy changes. I will be following state and federal issues as they relate to pharmacy, and advocate for a continued and improved access to pharmacy services for the residents of North Dakota.” Kyle concluded by saying, ” I look forward to the coming year, and am excited about the direction pharmacy is heading.”

In addition to Kyle DeMontigny becoming president of the NDPhA, Autumn Guilbert of Rugby, who was nominated by her co-worker Kristina Larson, received the Pharmacists Mutual Distinguished Young Pharmacy Technician Award. The Northland Association of Pharmacy Technicians (NAPT) is the body that presents this award. The recipient must have demonstrated an outstanding work experience in the profession of pharmacy. Participation in the NAPT, professional programs, state association activities, and or community services are not required but would be good examples of dedication to the profession. Autumn graduated from Northland Community and Technical College in 2009. She subsequently received her national certification from Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Autumn started working at Sanford Clinic in Fargo in December of 2009, and was there for nine months. Autumn started at White Drug in Rugby in September of 2010. She is also a member at large of the NAPT, and is in her second year. When asked what she thought about receiving the Distinguished Young Pharmacy Technician Award Autumn shared, ” it was a great and unexpected honor. To be recognized by my profession is very rewarding.”

These prestigious honors given to two of Rugby’s own was no small feat. The North Dakota Pharmacists Association was organized in 1885, by pharmacists concerned about the quality of pharmacy practice in the northern part of the Dakota Territory. There were no licensure requirements for pharmacists and pharmacies and the goal of the group was to organize to advance the profession by promoting standards for pharmacists to meet. Following statehood the organization was recognized as the North Dakota Pharmaceutical Association. They believe that Pharmacy is a service profession. The philosophy of pharmaceutical care focuses on the patient as the beneficiary of pharmacists’ activities. the responsible provision of pharmaceutical therapy for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes is intended to improve patients’ quality of life.

Autumn Guilbert with award and Kristina Larson.

When Jackie Albrecht, General Manager of White Drug was asked how she felt about the recognition the two White Drug employees received she said, “Our store is very proud to have Kyle and Autumn on our team. In the 15 years White Drug has been a part of the Rugby community, pharmacies have seen many changes in what we do and how we accomplish our goals. Kyle and Autumn are leading our pharmacy into the future with customer service of the highest quality. We applaud Kyle for taking the initiative to step into the NDPhA board. White Drug is blessed to have a dedicated team.”

This kind of recognition and understanding of customer needs emanates from a store philosophy as shared by Jackie when she told us, “Our desire is to listen to our customers’ needs and wants as we anticipate the marketplace.” She continued, “We want to carry as many items as we can so our customers do not feel they have to go outside the city of Rugby to make purchases, it’s important to us to keep as many Rugby dollars in Rugby so we can be part of building this wonderful community.”

It is companies like White Drug, that make Rugby so special. To all of our readers “buy local” whenever possible. Buying local will enable Piece County not only to survive but also to thrive.

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