OHIO VALLEY — Pleasant Valley Hospital Extended Care at Fruth Pharmacy in Pomeroy conducted its grand opening Friday. Members of PVH, Fruth Pharmacy and Meigs Chamber of Commerce looked on as Glen Washington, CEO of PVH, and Fruth Pharmacy co-founder Frances Babs Fruth cut the ribbon.
Representatives from both PVC and Fruth outlined the positive aspects of the new alliance, citing the advantages of having walk-in health care services inside a pharmacy.
Patients can receive high-quality, timely and affordable health care seven days a week at walk-in Express Care clinics; no appointments are necessary and all insurances are accepted. Preventative care services like sports physical exams and on-site lab capabilities are also available.
According to Washington, the goal of Express Care is to provide medical and pharmacy services in one setting, giving patients with minor illnesses a quick, less expensive and convenient access to health care, and Fruth seemed a perfect match.
“Fruth is a venerable institution in the community,” he said. “Jack Fruth was a founding member of PHV and served on the board for many years, so it made a lot of sense to partner with them for an extended care facility. It is a continuation of the partnership between the hospital and the Fruth family.”
Lynn Fruth, president and chief executive officer of Fruth Pharmacy, echoed his sentiments, saying Fruth was excited to partner with PVH.
“Fruth is invested in the community,” she said. “One of the first thing families look for when deciding to move into the area is easy access to health care. We hare happy to partner with PVH to provide convenient medical services. Patients can come here for everything from minor illnesses to sport physicals to flu shots, with times that suit today’s busy lifestyles.”
She went on to add that it is great to be able to provide local care, and by doing so, frees up emergency room resources for true emergencies.
The PVH Express Care clinic occupies a newly renovated space adjacent to the pharmacy. The health care team includes certified nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and treat patients for any non-life-threatening, urgent illness or injury. Some examples are sports injuries, colds and flu, strep throat, and minor wounds and abrasions.
Sometimes patients may not know the seriousness of their illness when they arrive at the clinic; if care is needed beyond the scope of the facility, resources are available to transport them and ensure they receive proper treatment.
PVH certified nurse practitioners can also provide patients with direct access to highly specialized physicians at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Cabell Huntington Hospital and Marshall Health.
After visiting the Express Care clinic, the full-service pharmacy offers patients the opportunity of filling their prescriptions at the same location as the clinic.
There are now two Express Clinics in the area, in Pomeroy and Point Pleasant, with more clinics planned elsewhere.
“This is what we are striving for,” Washington said. “We hope our move into Pomeroy will help serve the needs of the community by providing heath care and pharmacy needs in one location.”