Walgreens Donates $75,000 to CHSU College of Pharmacy for Pharmacy Practice Lab with Exam Rooms

May 28, 2014

CLOVIS, Calif. – The newest pharmacy school in the Central Valley announced today that it received $75,000 from Walgreens for support of their Pharmacy Practice Laboratory. In a celebration Wednesday at the CHSU College of Pharmacy campus in Clovis, Dr. David Hawkins, dean of pharmacy with Flo Dunn, California Health Sciences University president and faculty from the college will be presented with a check from Walgreens. Walgreens representatives Robbie Jacobs, market pharmacy director; Rachael Rodman, district manager; and Bryan Garcia, pharmacy supervisor, will personally deliver the $75,000 donation.

“As the role of pharmacists continue to expand and evolve, it is important for Walgreens to support education that focuses on advancing the practice of pharmacy,” said Bryan Garcia, pharmacy supervisor for Walgreens. “With donations like this, Walgreens hopes to encourage more students to consider becoming a health professional on the frontline of care.”

The university’s new “Walgreens Pharmacy Practice Lab” will not only serve to provide CHSU College of Pharmacy students with the necessary training to become pharmacists, but students will also learn to provide primary care in collaboration with physicians to help remedy the primary health care professional shortage in the region.

“CHSU College of Pharmacy students will learn how to perform physical assessments and will treat patients under the supervision of our faculty,” stated Dr. David Hawkins, dean of pharmacy. “Walgreens is one of the leaders in the industry in creating patient exam areas in their pharmacies and expanding the scope of pharmacists to meet health care provider shortages. We greatly appreciate the support from Walgreens, which will allow us to build five exam rooms and a patient waiting room in our Pharmacy Practice Lab, in addition to a compounding lab and sterile compounding lab, so our students will receive advanced training not typically provided at other pharmacy schools.”

CHSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is a four year, post-baccalaureate program and applications are currently being accepted for the first cohort of students that start in August 2014.

While the inaugural class is nearly full, CHSU College of Pharmacy is still accepting applications for fall 2014. Qualified applicants will be invited to a day-long interview and top candidates will be invited to make history in the inaugural class of the first pharmacy school in the Central Valley, Dean Hawkins said.

Construction on the “Walgreens Pharmacy Practice Lab” will begin next month and is expected to be complete in early August, before the start of classes.

For more information about CHSU, and the new Doctor of Pharmacy program, visit www.chsu.edu, call 559-325-3600 or find them on facebook, twitter and Linkedin.

Contact: Richele Kleiser, Communications & Marketing Director, Email: rkleiser@chsu.edu

May 28, 2014

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