Highland Medical Center To Open Pharmacy


Highland County residents can soon look forward to having a much needed local service available. On Monday, The Highland Medical Center will open an on-site pharmacy, headed by Bill Shaffer, who spent twenty years as the pharmacist at Bath Community Hospital and the downtown Hot Springs Pharmacy. Mr. Shaffer explained more.

“It’s going to be open on Monday, the 4th of April, we’ll be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, from 9:00 until 5:00, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we’ll be open from 9:00 until 7:00. That pretty much collaborates with the hours of the Medical Center itself, so we’ll be open five days a week, be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.”

“It’s located to the north end of the Medical Center, it’s a new addition that they put on – there is a sign right now that signifies where the pharmacy is located.”

“We’ll order and stock the medications that we need for the patients of Highland County. We have a really good idea on the patients’ medications as it is right now, but certainly if we get prescriptions from out of the area, for people that are seeing doctors from out of the area, we will strive to stock any medications that we might need to fulfill peoples’ needs.”

“We’re breaking new ground, of course, for the fine people of Highland County. They have deserved to have their own pharmacy here for years. Monday, it’s going to happen, and the people will have the benefit of not having to travel a distance to get their medications. And one thing we’re going to offer that they may not have been familiar with having at other pharmacies they’ve used is that we’re going to have a wide counseling service, so that they can ask questions about their medications, either in person or doing it over the telephone. I might mention that the pharmacy phone number 540-468-6425 will get you directly commected to a pharmacist himself, so he can answer the questions for you over the phone, but the main number is 540-468-6421.”

“We want the people of Highland County to use our services, to know that it’s here, and to get the word around that we’re here to take care of peoples’ needs.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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