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Fruth Honors Employees at 29th Annual Service Luncheon

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (November 25, 2019) – On Thursday, November 21st, 2019, Fruth Pharmacy held its 29th Annual Service Awards and luncheon.  Employees were honored for their years of service and special awards were also given in the following categories: President’s Choice Award for Best Corporate Support; World of Difference Award; Rising Star Award; Pharmacist of the Year; Manager of the Year; Pharmacy Technician of the Year; and Associate of the Year.

This year’s theme, Celebrating the Fruits of Your Labor, was introduced by Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy.

“William Arthur Ward said, ‘Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.’ Today is all about giving that present to all of our Fruth team members here to be honored for their years of service and nominations for awards.

Fruth has much to be thankful for: 67 years of business, hundreds of committed and hardworking employees and the support of our many communities.

I am thankful for the vision that my father had – to serve the local communities like family and to help provide job opportunities of the people in those communities. I am proud to continue that legacy, and I am very thankful for every employee who comes into work each day with a mission to make someone’s life a little better. As I have started my elf travels, I have met many customers who see their local Fruth as a not only a great place to shop and get their prescriptions, but also a place they can be supported, heard and treated with friendship. In just a few stores, I have already met a mother who lost her only daughter to a drug overdose, a lonely widower who comes to Fruth for the social interaction, a sad granddaughter who had just brought her grandmother home to begin Hospice, and an excited new mother who just adopted two toddlers from foster care. Many days your job also involves a bit of counseling. I am proud that Fruth is a place that helps meet the needs of our customers beyond the purchase. Thank you for providing that type of environment,” Fruth stated.

The following years were honored for years of service:  5 Years: Karen Shaw, Jeanette Bates, Carri Barrett, Tara Blankenship, Sandy Napper, James Riegel, Roselyn Roush, Clinton Baise, Patti Colegrove, Kyonna Perry, Karla Baker, Walter Simpson, Lindsey Dufore, Johnny Quesenberry, Rebecca Barnett, Valerie Wiseman, Tammy Lawson, Lindsay Crowley, Annette Wick, Kirt Shipley, Douglas Crawford, Tina Dailey, Drew Massey; 10 Years: Penny Clark, Larry Anderson, Lynne Fruth, Brittney Linkous, Lori Russell; 15 Years: Polly Sheppard, Kelly Smith, Carol Anderson, Kathryn Sanders, Paula White, Jennifer Sauer, Michelle Gloeckner, Marcia Russell; 20 Years: Martha Johnson, Robin Davis, Pamela Durbin, Cathy Patterson, Sandra Keefer, Tiffany Queen; 25 Years: Linda Webster; 30 Years: Shelly Hodges, John Mourat, Patty Holley; 35 Years: Karen Burdette.

2019 Pharmacist of the Year was awarded to Lindsay Crowley of Fruth Pharmacy in Scott Depot, WV; 2019 Pharmacy Technician of the Year was awarded to Terri Foster of Fruth Pharmacy in Gallipolis, OH; 2019 Manager of the Year was awarded to Josh Lasure of Fruth Pharmacy in Scott Depot; 2019 Associate of the Year was awarded to Brenda Smith of Fruth Pharmacy in Hurricane, WV; 2019 Rising Star Award went to Dana Richardson of Fruth Pharmacy’s corporate office; 2019 President’s Choice Award for Best Corporate Supporting Role went to Sandy Keefer; and the 2019 World of Difference Award was given to Fruth Pharmacy of Hurricane.

Fruth Pharmacy is a locally-owned family business with 31 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.  If you would like to learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit www.fruthpharmacy.com.

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Fruth Pharmacy Nelsonville Transfers Prescriptions to Kroger

Fruth Pharmacy of Nelsonville suffers due to Medicaid reimbursement in the state of Ohio. Fruth Pharmacy, Inc. will be transferring patient prescriptions to Kroger in Nelsonville. The retail store will stay open with new hours.

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (September 24, 2019) – It’s a sad day for Fruth Pharmacy. The family-owned company of 31 locations, has made the decision to close the pharmacy inside of their Nelsonville, Ohio location.

“With the extremely low managed Medicaid reimbursement in the state of Ohio, Fruth Pharmacy can no longer continue to operate our Nelsonville location as a pharmacy,” Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy began, “We look forward to continuing to serve our retail customers with the same great service.  We will continue to have Western Union, EBT, gift selections, and more,” Fruth concluded.

On Tuesday, September 24th at noon, Fruth Pharmacy of Nelsonville transferred prescription files to Kroger of Nelsonville, Ohio.  Patients can contact the Kroger pharmacy at 740-753-1984 for assistance with their prescriptions.

Fruth Pharmacy of Nelsonville will become Fruth General Store and will continue to operate as a retail merchandise store. The store will sell over-the-counter medications and products, health and beauty items, grocery, gift items and baskets, and electronics.

Fruth General Store of Nelsonville will have new hours.  The new hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm.  Delivery services will no longer be available at this location.

All Ohio pharmacies have been suffering and many have placed blamed on low reimbursements for managed Medicaid prescriptions.  In the past 3 years, over 100 pharmacies in Ohio have closed.

“These pharmacies, and Fruth pharmacies, have served the Medicaid population and provided the extra care that our Medicaid population needs,” Fruth informed an Ohio legislative committee earlier this year. “As a result of the lower reimbursements, Fruth Pharmacy and the other pharmacies are being paid the least to care for patients who often require the most.”

Earlier this year, many community pharmacies spoke to The Ohio Department of Medicaid and addressed their concerns that the current reimbursements under the program were insufficient to continue in business.

Numerous rural areas in Ohio are serviced by local or family-owned pharmacies.  In some areas, due to pharmacy closures, patients are having to drive a considerable distance to fill their prescription medications.

If you would like to contact The Ohio Department of Medicaid and express your concerns, please write or speak to your local representative or reach out to The Ohio Department of Medicaid at 1-800-324-8680 or visit their website at Medicaid.ohio.gov/contact.

Fruth Pharmacy is a family-owned pharmacy with locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

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