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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Kroger Opens Pharmacy In Marietta Memorial Hospital

NEWS RELEASE

                         

For Immediate Release

May 10, 2017

Kroger Opens Pharmacy

In Marietta Memorial Hospital

          Memorial Health System today announced the opening of a Kroger pharmacy at the Marietta Memorial Campus.

         The pharmacy is on the first-floor walkway of Marietta Memorial Hospital and is open to the public and hospital employees from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays.

  “Kroger is delighted to partner with a highly-respected health system to provide a much-needed service within the hospital and the entire community,” said Mike King, district pharmacy coordinator.

“We are excited about our partnership with Kroger and the benefit it will provide our patients and their families,” said Scott Cantley, President/CEO of Memorial Health System.

The 2,500 employees of Marietta Memorial Health System are on the Kroger prescription plan.  “This will be a great benefit to our employees,” Cantley said.  “We’re pleased that Kroger chose to partner with us for this important venture.”

         “We’ve been working with the Hospital for the past 18 months on this new approach,” added King.  “Having a Kroger pharmacy within a hospital will result in more convenient services for employees, patients, visitors and the community.”  Patients can go directly to the pharmacy to fill their prescriptions after discharge or after being treated by a physician, he added.

         The Kroger pharmacy fills prescriptions, offers counseling, and reviews records to ensure patients have the right medication.  The pharmacy also has over-the-counter medications available for pain relief, digestive aides and allergy treatments.

         Erica Shelton is the pharmacy manager.  A native of Cairo, she is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she also earned her doctorate degree in pharmacy.  Shelton has been a Kroger pharmacist for 12 years, working in Belpre, Parkersburg and Ripley.

         “We’re delighted that Erica is leading our team in Marietta,” said King.  “She is an outstanding pharmacist, having been named the 2010 Kroger Mid-Atlantic Pharmacist of the Year as well as the district pharmacist of the year three times.”

         A Parkersburg native, Kayla Ware is the staff pharmacist.  Both her undergraduate and pharmacy degrees are from WVU. She has worked in Kroger pharmacies in Marietta, Belpre, Parkersburg and Ripley.

         Kari Smith and Lena Vincent are the two pharmacy technicians.  Smith has worked for Kroger 8 years and is a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician.  She lives in Little Hocking.  Vincent has 11 years’ experience with Kroger and is also a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician.  She lives in Whipple.

         “Kroger pharmacy customers can take their prescriptions to any of our pharmacies, including the new one in Marietta Memorial, and experience the same high quality services,” said King.  “The new pharmacy will save many customers time and enable them to have their prescriptions filled faster.”

         The pharmacy is the first inside a hospital in Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division.  Customers with the Kroger Plus Card earn fuel points with their purchases.

         Kroger has pharmacies in four stores in the Parkersburg market, 40 Acme Street in Marietta, 10008 Washington Blvd. in Belpre, 930 Division Street in Parkersburg and 2007 E. 7th Street in Parkersburg.  Those pharmacies are open every day with longer hours than the Hospital pharmacy.

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The Memorial Health System: The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit integrated health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are a network of services provided by over 2,500 employees and include two hospitals, outpatient service sites and provider clinics. We partner with our providers to deliver quality care and service with an additional focus on medical education and community service. You can learn more by visiting www.mhsystem.org.

About Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division:

The Mid-Atlantic Division operates 121 stores, 118 pharmacies and 93 fuel centers in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.  Headquartered in Roanoke, the Mid-Atlantic Division is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, women’s health, our troops and their families, and local schools and grassroots organizations.  Kroger is also a strong supporter of the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and organizations that promote the advancement of women and minorities.  In 2016 Kroger’s charitable giving is $287 million.  Fortune magazine named Kroger the “most generous company in America.”  For more information, visit www.kroger.com.

Media Contact:

Allison McGee

Allison.mcgee@kroger.com

540 563-3629

Jennifer Offenberger

joffenberger@mhsystem.org

(740) 374-1797

Sarah Holt

sholt@mhsystem.org

(740) 374-1634

Sarah K. Holt, M.S., M.B.A.

Marketing Supervisor

Memorial Health System | Marketing & Public Relations

Phone: (740) 374-1634 | Cell: (304) 299-0856

sholt@mhsystem.org | www.mhsystem.org

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