GOUVERNEUR, NY: Kinney Drugs announces its decision to close its store located at inside the Syracuse Community Health Center at 89 South Salina Street in Syracuse, NY, based on unique challenges with that specific location which have led to its underperformance. The store will operate as usual through Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5PM. Effective Saturday, June 29, 2019, SCHC patients may pick up prescriptions at the Kinney Drugs at 406 Butternut Street in Syracuse, NY 13208. Kinney Drugs assures the public that the company remains strong and committed to serving customers and pharmacy patients in the greater Syracuse area. The company operates 98 stores throughout Vermont and New York, including 30 stores in Central New York. Consistent with Kinney’s values and commitment to its employee-owners, each employee from the SCHC location has been offered continued employment at other Kinney Drugs locations, which can be found at store locator
GOUVERNEUR, NY: As a leading provider of pharmacy healthcare services within our communities, the health and well-being of our customers and patients remains Kinney’s top priority. As such, the company has been evaluating the sale of tobacco in our stores for quite some time, trying to balance what our customers expect from us both as a retailer and as a healthcare provider. Kinney Drugs is supportive of the Governor’s stance on the sale of tobacco in pharmacies; however, the company recognizes that simply removing tobacco from stores will not provide people with the help they need to quit smoking. Therefore, Kinney Drugs will continue to provide our patients with our unique “Ready. Set. Quit.” Smoking Cessation Program, through which Kinney Pharmacists provide:
• Personalized smoking cessation assessments;
• Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or prescription therapy recommendations;
• Information on over-the-counter smoking aids;
• A helpful workbook of practical tools, advice, and exercises to help patients create a personalized quit plan and guide them through the quitting process.
• A “Quit Coach” who checks in with them throughout the first three months of quitting.
Over the past several years, Kinney Pharmacists have helped many patients quit smoking (and/or using other tobacco products) and will continue to do so in the future. In addition, as we have for many years, Kinney Drugs will continue to partner with the American Heart Association to educate patients on the connection between smoking and the increased incidence of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.
GOUVERNEUR, NY: October 19, 2018 – Kinney Drugs will announce Jack Kriesick, R.Ph, Supervising Pharmacist at the Rt. 11 Seaway Plaza store location in Watertown, N.Y., as the recipient of Kinney Drugs “Favorite Pharmacist Award” for his efforts in outstanding patient care. Kriesick was selected based on customer voting at all 98 Kinney Drugs pharmacies in Central and Northern New York and Vermont. In recognition of American Pharmacists Month, Kinney Drugs hosts this program asking patients to help honor their favorite pharmacist and employee by casting a vote during the month of September. The program was designed to recognize all Kinney pharmacists for their contributions to health care and their commitment to patient care and services. At the end of the voting period, ballots were tallied. On October 19th, Bridget-ann Hart, R.Ph, Chief Executive Officer of KPH Healthcare Services, Inc. and several members of the Kinney Drugs executive committee will surprise Kriesick with a plaque in recognition of his dedication, loyalty and achievements. He will also receive an appreciation check and a monetary gift of equal value to donate to his charity of choice. Kriesick graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy in 1987 and began his career with Kinney Drugs. He is a 31-year veteran with the company and has worked in several stores in Watertown, N.Y., and the surrounding communities. Jack began as a pharmacy student and progressed to his current position as Supervising Pharmacist at the Rt. 11 Seaway Plaza Watertown, N.Y., location. Kriesick resides in Watertown, N.Y. with his wife, Jessica. He enjoys golfing, skiing, motorcycling, and is an avid tennis player. “Jack Kriesick’s level of patient care is exceptional; he is on a first name basis with many of his customers and always goes the extra mile to take care of their needs,” said Hart. “Jack is incredibly devoted to his work as a pharmacist – not only with his patients, but the team behind the pharmacy counter. The amount of dedication given to improving the quality of life for each and every one of his patients is remarkable - we are very proud to have Jack as one of our employee owners.”
Gouverneur, N.Y. – Kinney Drugs, a leading pharmacy chain in New York and Vermont, is partnering with Plantar Pro in marketing a new item: the FootRest Pillow. The locally developed product was released in select Kinney Drugs stores across New York this summer. The FootRest Pillow was developed in partnership with Clarkson University’s Shipley Center for Innovation to relieve foot and heel pain along with plantar fasciitis. Andy Jennings, Lowville, NY-based inventor came up with the idea while trying to relieve his own case of plantar fasciitis foot pain. He found a company that was willing to cut foam to his patented shape, then proceeded to ask Facebook friends who also suffer from foot pain to test his design. Mr. Jennings then brought his idea to the Clarkson University and was accepted into their Innovation Program, which allows students and professors to help with market research, brand development, and Patent and Trademark application filings. When the patent and brand development was accomplished, Clarkson helped connect the FootRest Company with North Country-based pharmacy Kinney Drugs to develop a marketing outlet. Meanwhile, Mr. Jennings worked with ARC New York to sew FootRest pillowcases and package the pillows for shipment to Kinney stores. He is currently working with ARC Herkimer Industries in Herkimer, NY. Now this North Country Innovation has come full circle and is on the shelves in select Kinney Drugs stores throughout Upstate New York.
FREE same-day medication delivery service to patients’ hospital beds, surgery centers or provider facilities
GOUVERNEUR, NY: Kinney Drugs, the retail pharmacy and division of KPH Healthcare Services, Inc., announces a new partnership with Patient Portal Technologies (PPT), health care innovation provider, with an aim to improve the patient experience throughout the transition of care. Medx Go provides patients with the same convenient experience they expect in their everyday life: Fast, free same-day medication delivery with personalized assistance. Medx Go will bring the pharmacy to the patient in the hospital, nursing home, surgery center, providers’ facility or even to the patient’s home. PPT developed Medx Go, healthcare’s first digital patient-centric platform that unifies pharmacies, health systems, and patients with same-day medication and on-demand transportation services from the provider facility to the home. The digital platform has seen proven results for medication adherence and has reduced the hospital readmission risk for chronic patients that may require multiple healthcare appointments or treatments. “The partnership with Medx Go has enhanced Kinney’s existing hospital bedside delivery program, “Delivery at Discharge” with even more convenient and streamlined service,” said David Adsit, R.Ph., Director of Pharmacy Operations for Kinney Drugs. “Kinney Drugs has been providing transition of care services for more than 10 years and has led the industry in patient care innovations proven to reduce preventable hospital and nursing home readmissions. Expanding our “Delivery at Discharge” program, in conjunction with our existing free home prescription delivery, has allowed us to ensure that patients in our communities have convenient access to critical prescription and pharmacy services.” “Today’s announcement with Kinney Drugs is very exciting for us, because together, we can expand both medication delivery options and services in ways that few providers in the country have been able to perform,” stated Katie Ganley, VP of Business Development and Communications at Patient Portal Technologies. “Kinney’s history of success in retail pharmacy services, comprehensive store access and delivery throughout the region (Upstate New York and Vermont) are unparalleled. When you add Kinney Drugs’ ability to be creative in terms of products, services, and cost — we realized that we could provide numerous benefits in the medication delivery process to create even greater patient outcomes.” Patients who are discharged from a hospital, nursing home, surgery center, or provider facility can receive medications in-hand before leaving or opt for home delivery. PPT alleviates the hassle of waiting to get a ride to the pharmacy, fulfilling difficult medications, pending insurance authorizations, and the anguish of copay surprises. Customers enrolled in the new Medx Go program will have the added convenience of knowing their information will be up-to-date and have live personal assistance when needed. Having a company that is already familiar with your personal health to make sure that your refills, new medications, and products are right for you is an additional benefit of how this partnership is reshaping healthcare.
As an employee-owned company, it is naturally in our “DNA” to recognize and celebrate outstanding leadership, achievement, and performance of our employee-owners. For without engaged, proactive, productive people, we cannot hope to fulfill our commitments to our customers, clients and patients to reach our organizational goals. In that spirit, each year, we formally recognize employee-owners who represent the true sense of ownership, excellence in customer service, drive profitable growth, outcomes and impactful performance with our Quest for Excellence Awards.
NATALIE POWERS, R.Ph., SUPERVISING PHARMACIST, STORE #42
Natalie started her career as a part-time pharmacy clerk working nights and weekends. Early on, it was evident that she had the personality and drive to be an exemplary leader. The compassion she has for her patients and unwavering commitment to go the extra mile is admirable.
Natalie’s pharmacy sets the standard for all our pharmacies. From the patient experience to operational compliance to driving key initiatives to exceptional store standards, Natalie sets the bar high. And she is willing to accept stretch assignments such as her regular TV segment called “Ask Your Kinney Pharmacist” on NNY TV in Watertown. Above all the tasks and duties that she manages … at the end of the day … it’s how she takes care of her patients and how she serves her community. She is a wonderful ambassador of our Kinney brand. Just ask her patients.
OWEN HALLORAN R.Ph.
After 39 years of dedicated service, Owen Halloran, R.Ph., Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Procurement, retired at the end of 2017. Owen began his employment in 1978 as a Staff Pharmacist in Kinney Drugs Store #1 in Gouverneur, NY. He then served as Store Manager and Supervising Pharmacist in Store #3 in Camden, NY for ten years. His distinguished career has included roles of increasing complexity and significance which began in retail, and have encompassed third party contracting, professional services, and most recently, pharmacy procurement. Throughout his tenure, one of Owen’s hallmarks has been his ability to forge relationships with our business partners, suppliers, and industry peers. It is with the deepest gratitude and respect that we recognize Owen’s outstanding achievements, many of which were instrumental in helping KPH to flourish in an increasingly challenging healthcare environment. In recognition of his numerous contributions, Owen was honored with our 2013 Quest for Excellence Award. We thank Owen for his tremendous contributions to the growth and success of our company and for helping to shape KPH into what it is today. Congratulations, Owen!
STORE #100 ITHACA, NY
This award highlights a store that has achieved overall excellence in both pharmacy and retail operations. It is special recognition for the entire team of store employees and it signifies their dedication and personal commitment to their customers and to their fellow employee-owners. This store has exceptional store standards, fully embraces the 7 Principles of Customer Care, and ensures an outstanding customer shopping experience. Store #100 grew script count by 6.2% YOY and drove a 2.3% increase in front end sales YOY. They effectively managed expenses to double operating income in 2017 vs 2016. The Manager’s and Supervising Pharmacist’s joint leadership ensures that communications stay open, employees are well-supported, and overall store execution is top notch. Congratulations to Manager Rich Favia, Supervising Pharmacist Joel Wood, and the entire team at Store #100!
GOUVERNEUR, NY: Kinney Drugs announces its decision to close its store located at 7660 Highbridge Road in Manlius, NY, based on unique challenges with that specific location which have led to its underperformance. The exact date is being finalized; however, Kinney will still serve Manlius pharmacy patients and retail customers with business as usual in the meantime. Kinney Drugs assures the public that the company remains strong and committed to serving customers and pharmacy patients in the greater Syracuse area. The company operates 98 stores throughout Vermont and New York, including 30 stores in Central New York. Consistent with Kinney’s values and commitment to its employee-owners, each employee from the Manlius location has been offered continued employment at other Kinney Drugs locations, which can be found here. Kinney Drugs locations
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT: Burlington, Vermont – The Office of the Health Care Advocate and Kinney Drugs have partnered to proactively support Vermonters who experience difficulties when it comes to getting their prescriptions. These two organizations are working collaboratively to develop a streamlined intake and referral system that will connect Vermonters with a Health Care Advocate. “Our main goal is to help people get the care they need,” said Mike Fisher, Chief Health Care Advocate, “We know how confusing and challenging our health care system can be when someone is in need of care and there is something not working for them. We serve all Vermonters and give highest priority to individuals who have an urgent need. We help Vermonters with a wide range of health insurance and access to care challenges. We give information and advice about insurance options in Vermont and assist if they have problems with enrollment. We also educate consumers about their rights and responsibilities and provide information about and assistance with appeals.” Kinney Drugs, an employee-owned company, has been providing high-quality pharmacy and healthcare services for more than 115 years. Throughout its chain of 98 locations, their pharmacy teams offer patients a personalized approach to their healthcare regimen. Patients can benefit from medication synchronization, automatic prescription refills, medication therapy management, blood pressure screenings, immunizations, diabetes management programs, and free prescription delivery. Kinney Drugs is also committed to partnering with Prescription Benefits Management companies (PBM) to provide best-in-class pharmacy services and mutually drive positive patient health outcomes. This partnership will bring together the strengths of the Kinney pharmacy staff and the Health Care Advocate to resolve any issues related to access to care or insurance. Kinney Drugs opened its first store in St. Albans nearly 60 years ago, and now has 22 locations in Vermont. Currently five Kinney Drugs pharmacies are piloting this program, and in February this partnership will be expanded to all Kinney Drugs locations in Vermont. “We are pleased to be the first pharmacy to partner with the Office of the Health Care Advocate to improve access to Vermonters who have difficulty getting their prescriptions. At a Kinney pharmacy, the Heath Care Advocate can help our patients through common care access issues such as obtaining prior authorizations for medications, insurance coverage issues, and eligibility for state and federal programs,” said David Adsit, R.Ph., Director of Pharmacy Services, Kinney Drugs. “Our pharmacists have been trained to identify patients who may benefit most from Health Care Advocate outreach and with the patient’s permission provide a direct referral to the Health Care Advocates at the Vermont Legal Aid.”
Syracuse, NY – The 24-hour Kinney Drugs store and pharmacy located at 437 Electronics Parkway in Liverpool, NY will remain open throughout the holiday season, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. “From patients who are ill and need prescriptions filled, to customers who simply need some last-minute items for dinner or a party, we are here for them – as always – 24/7,” said David Adsit, RPh, Director of Pharmacy Operations. “Each year, our 24-hour store serves thousands of people over the holidays, when other pharmacies are closed, and some from as far away as 100+ miles. It’s important for people to know that if something happens and they need a prescription, we’re here for them.”
SYRACUSE, NY: HealtheConnections and Kinney Drugs are pleased to introduce an important new Medication Adherence Alert service – the first of its kind in New York State – designed to improve communications between patients with diabetes and/or high blood pressure and their health care providers. For those patients who opt in, the service alerts patients, their caregivers, and their health care providers when a prescription medication is not picked up after 14 days and three unsuccessful attempts to reach the patient directly. The service helps ensure that patients take their medications as prescribed, which is vitally important for controlling chronic conditions, treating temporary conditions, and for patients’ overall long-term health and well-being. The Medication Adherence Alert service leverages the HealtheConnections patient alert system, which provides more than 1.8 million alerts per month, and is designed to strengthen the partnership between pharmacy and medical providers or care managers by providing insight into a patient’s medication fill habits This service is available to patients at more than 70 Kinney Drugs stores in Central and Northern New York. Kinney Drugs and HealtheConnections have a long history of collaboration and partnership that have enabled this important service. “We’re very excited about this new cooperative service with HealtheConnections,” says David Adsit, RPh, Director of Pharmacy Operations for Kinney Drugs. “Medication adherence continues to be a major issue in healthcare, with approximately 40% of hospital readmissions occurring because patients did not take medications properly. Kinney Pharmacists find that patients do not pick up prescriptions for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from a lack of understanding as to why the medication is needed, to financial, physical and/or transportation challenges, to simple forgetfulness. With this new alerting system, we’re another step closer to helping our patients, their caregivers, and their medical team gain visibility to what is happening at the pharmacy, and thereby overcoming these challenges and taking medications as prescribed. The Medication Adherence Alert service also complements Kinney’s other services that promote medication adherence, which including automatic prescription refill and syncing of medications to a single pick-up day. In addition, Kinney Pharmacists already proactively contact patients as a reminder to pick up or refill their medications. During these conversations, our Pharmacists are focused on answering patient questions and identifying and overcoming any barriers to optimal patient care.” Rob Hack, President and CEO of HealtheConnections, agrees. The main goal, he says, is to strengthen the collaboration between patients, caregivers, medical care providers and pharmacies to provide the best patient care through better coordination and communication. “There is a gap in information once the prescription is sent from the provider to the pharmacy. We’re working together to bridge that gap. This builds upon the trust patients have with their medical care providers and their community pharmacists and puts information into action to improve patient care.” Providers are encouraged to contact their HealtheConnections’ community engagement specialist to learn more about this service or visit www.healtheconnections.org.
Montpelier, VT – Kinney Drugs will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Montpelier location (69 Main Street) at 10AM Thursday, November 2, 2017. The festivities will include remarks from Senator Ann Cummings, State Rep. Warren Kitzmiller, City Mayor John Hollar, City Manager William Fraser, and City Council Member Anne Watson. Kinney Drugs President Jim Spencer will also speak briefly, as will Director of Pharmacy Operations David Adsit, RPh. The Kinney Drugs Foundation will also present checks for $500 to both the Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice and the Vermont Center for Independent Living. In addition, the radio station WDEV will broadcast live from the front window of the store from 9AM-11AM. For everyone that waves to the dee-jays during the broadcast, Kinney will donate $1 to Montpelier Alive! The public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting, and the company will offer free refreshments and raffles throughout the day. The first 100 customers to come in will receive a free reusable goody bag with free samples of several products which Kinney carries. “Kinney Drugs is very excited to be part of the Montpelier community. We know that the Montpelier Pharmacy has been part of the fabric of this community for many years, and the pharmacists and staff are well-known and well-regarded by all. That’s why we are especially pleased that most of them have chosen to stay with Kinney Drugs. And while Kinney may be a newcomer to Montpelier, we are not new to Vermont! We opened our first store in St. Albans nearly 60 years ago, and we now have 22 locations in the state. As an employee-owned, community-minded company, we feel that our values closely align with Montpelier residents and we hope to exceed their expectations in every way, every day,” said Jim Spencer, President of Kinney Drugs.
Peru, NY – Kinney Drugs will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Peru location (3 Gorman Way) at 10AM Wednesday, November 1, 2017. The festivities will include remarks from Peru Town Supervisor Pete Glushko and Town Council Member Brandy McDonald. Kinney Drugs President Jim Spencer will also speak briefly, as will Director of Pharmacy Operations David Adsit, RPh. The Kinney Drugs Foundation will also present a check for $500 to the Peru Volunteer Fire Department, which will be accepted by Mr. John Stafford, EMT Captain & Firefighter. In addition, the radio station WOKO will broadcast live from the store beginning at 10AM. The public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting, and the company will offer free refreshments and raffles throughout the day. The first 100 customers to come in will receive a free reusable goody bag with free samples of several products which Kinney carries. “Kinney Drugs is very excited to be part of the Peru community. We know that the Peru Health Mart Pharmacy has been part of the fabric of this community for many years, and the pharmacists and staff are well-known and well-regarded by all. That’s why we are especially pleased that most of them have chosen to stay with Kinney Drugs. And while Kinney may be a newcomer to Peru, the company began in 1903 and now operates 100 stores in New York and Vermont, including four nearby stores in the greater Plattsburgh area as well as in Queensbury and Elizabethtown, NY. As an employee-owned, community-minded company, we feel that our values closely align with Peru residents and we hope to exceed their expectations in every way, every day,” said Jim Spencer, President of Kinney Drugs.