- Annual Community Pharmacy Conference Featured Comprehensive Educational Program
- Health Mart Pharmacy of the Year, Innovation Award and Lifetime Achievement Award Also Presented During the Conference
More than 2,800 attendees including pharmacists, independent pharmacy owners, technicians, exhibitors and McKesson experts came together last week at the 2023 McKesson ideaShare conference in Las Vegas. The annual event, which is hosted by McKesson Corporation, Health Mart, and Health Mart Atlas, is the leading community pharmacy conference designed to help independent pharmacy owners and their staff discover new ways to help their pharmacy innovate and thrive. This year’s meeting delivered a comprehensive and engaging program with increased clinical and business educational opportunities and a new pharmacy technician track.
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Eden Drug of Eden, N.C., awarded Health Mart Pharmacy of the Year at McKesson ideaShare 2023. Photo features Eden Drug owner Pete Crouch, R.Ph., PIC (middle left) and team. (Photo: Business Wire)
“As a diversified healthcare services company, McKesson is committed to helping strengthen the health of pharmacies and elevate the role they play in people’s lives,” said Scott Miller, president, Community, Strategic, and Specialized Pharmacy, McKesson. “To help community pharmacies thrive in the ever-evolving landscape, this year’s McKesson ideaShare offered increased continuing education opportunities, three days of engaging sessions, nearly 150 exhibitors from across the industry, and peer-to-peer networking.”
Eden Drug Awarded Health Mart Pharmacy of the Year
At the event, Health Mart presented the Pharmacy of the Year award, which recognizes a pharmacy for clinical and business excellence, commitment to leading a healthy community, and advocating for independent pharmacy. For the second consecutive year, McKesson ideaShare attendees chose the winner during a live onsite vote from a selection of three finalists.
This year’s title was awarded to Eden Drug of Eden, N.C. After buying Eden Drug with his wife in 2005, pharmacy owner Pete Crouch, R.Ph., PIC, has been dedicated to elevating the role of the pharmacy in the town where he grew up and raised a family. Using the philosophy of “imperfect action is always better than perfect inaction,” Crouch focuses on how to run a business and make it the best for his patients, his community, and his employees, while making a profit. This includes teaching heart healthy classes at a local senior center and operating an Education Center to hold diabetes classes next to the pharmacy.
Innovation and Lifetime Achievement Awards Recognize the Past and Future of Community Pharmacy
Health Mart also presented the Innovation and Lifetime Achievement Awards at McKesson ideaShare. The Innovation Award recognizes a Health Mart pharmacy for innovative offerings that exceed the standard of pharmacy care in business operations or clinical services. Pharm406, located in Billings, Mont., received this year’s Health Mart Innovation Award. Opening the pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kyle Austin, Pharm.D., filled a critical need for his fellow Montanans. Pharm406 became the leading destination in Montana for obtaining the COVID-19 and flu vaccines. They serve communities across Montana with a mobile vaccine clinic. Partnering with local providers, Austin has implemented a cryotherapy service in the pharmacy and contracts with local sports teams for this service. Austin understands the challenges that independent pharmacies are facing and is a strong voice for the industry. He even ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022.
Virginia Keller, 76, of Keller Pharmacy, located in Ponca, Neb., received the Health Mart Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 50 years of dedication to the profession of pharmacy. A community member and patient of the pharmacy said “Keller’s unmatched commitment to the community of northeast Nebraska, her children, faith, and late husband is truly a legacy of love. Not many pharmacist careers have seen this much growth in the profession. In good times and bad times, Keller does what she has always done best; extending a smile, holding your hand, running a thriving business, and providing the best care to every person that walks through the doors of Keller Pharmacy.”
Save the Date
Building off the success of this year’s annual conference, McKesson ideaShare will return next year from June 23-26, 2024, in New Orleans.
About McKesson Corporation
McKesson Corporation is a diversified healthcare services leader dedicated to advancing health outcomes for patients everywhere. Our teams partner with biopharma companies, care providers, pharmacies, manufacturers, governments, and others to deliver insights, products and services to help make quality care more accessible and affordable. Learn more about how McKesson is impacting virtually every aspect of healthcare at McKesson.com and read Our Stories.
About Health Mart
Health Mart® is the nation’s fastest-growing independent pharmacy franchise with approximately 4,700 community pharmacies across all 50 states. Health Mart pharmacists provide personalized care and take the time to help patients understand their prescription-drug coverage, how to safely manage multiple medications, and how to take advantage of lower-cost medication options. Patients can find a Health Mart pharmacy by visiting healthmart.com.
As an important member of the healthcare team, Health Mart pharmacists possess strong clinical knowledge and collaborate with patients and other healthcare providers to help patients manage and improve their health. The Health Mart franchise is owned by Health Mart Systems, Inc., which is part of McKesson Corporation. Pharmacists and pharmacy owners interested in learning more can explore join.healthmart.com.
About Health Mart Atlas
Health Mart Atlas™ is a market-leading managed-care solution leveraged by more than 6,100 small and medium community-based pharmacies nationwide. It provides pharmacies with access to narrow networks through strategic contracting, increases pharmacy efficiencies through consolidated reimbursement processes, and delivers the tools needed to help pharmacies remain top clinical performers.
As a managed-care solution that supports community pharmacies, Health Mart Atlas provides the expertise and tools needed to help pharmacies have continued access to patients and the right networks to compete in the evolving market. Health Mart Atlas is owned by McKesson Corporation.