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Pharmacy opens at Westfields

Westfields Hospital celebrated the grand opening of its new pharmacy on Wednesday, July 10, with a ribbon cutting. The pharmacy, which has been in the works for several years, actually opened about three weeks ago and has already filled more than 1,000 prescriptions. (Photo by Jackie Grumish)

Those looking to fill prescriptions now have another pharmacy to consider in New Richmond.

Steve Massey, president and CEO of the hospital, said the idea and plans for a pharmacy at Westfields Hospital has been in the works for more than two years. He said after being open for just three weeks, pharmacists at Westfields Community Pharmacy have already filled more than 1,000 prescriptions.

"This has been in the planning stages for many years," said Rachel Hyman, pharmacist in charge.

When Westfields began its remodeling project, it was only natural that hospital administrators find space for a pharmacy.

"They realized there's a need for another pharmacy," Hyman said.

The hospital has always housed an in-patient pharmacy; however, Westfields Community Pharmacy is open to all residents and doctors, not just those associated with Westfields.

"We've had a good response from the community," Hyman said. "People have been stopping by to check us out and it's been really great for patient discharges. It's really convenient for them."

The new pharmacy is located just inside the main entrance of the hospital and next door to the New Richmond Clinic. The space formerly housed the reception desk and office spaces.

The pharmacy officially opened on June 17 but held its grand opening celebration on July 10.

Westfields Community Pharmacy is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"We really want to be a community pharmacy," Hyman said. "We're here to serve the community."

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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