As Winona Health approaches its 125 anniversary in 2019 (founded in 1894!), we continue to evolve and actively look for ways to better serve our community.

If you’ve driven by the Winona Health campus on Mankato Avenue lately, you’ve probably noticed the construction along that side of our building. I’m happy to tell you what’s going on.

One of our most recent improvements is consolidating our two on-site retail pharmacies (Parkview Pharmacy and Winona Clinic Pharmacy). This not only allows us to be better stewards of our resources by eliminating equipment and inventory duplication, but it also gives our combined pharmacy staff the opportunity to better serve you with extended hours. Our pharmacy team wanted to ensure greater access to pharmacy services and increased convenience for our customers.

Open 7 days a week beginning Oct 1!

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Winona Clinic Pharmacy’s close proximity to Primary Care and Urgent Care presented an opportunity to better meet customer needs through one pharmacy location—the Winona Clinic Pharmacy. However, before making this change, we wanted to ensure we could still provide the convenience of a drive-up window. As some of you may remember, the Parkview Pharmacy was the first pharmacy in the area to offer drive-up service, and we definitely didn’t want to take away that option. The new drive-up location was designed for easy access with safety and convenience being the top priorities.

In planning for this change, the pharmacy team completed highly detailed work using our Continuous Systems Improvement (CSI) tools, which included evaluating inventory needs, staff availability and workflow design. The design phase focused on the needs of patients and customers.

Someone recently asked if you had to be a Winona Health patient to have prescriptions filled at the Winona Clinic Pharmacy. The answer is no, anyone can use the Winona Clinic Pharmacy no matter where they receive their prescription(s).

One more thing: We also have a prescription drop box in the Winona Clinic Pharmacy so you can drop off expired or unused medications for safe disposal. Our thanks to Winona County ASAP (Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention) for their partnership to help address this community need for medication disposal.

Rachelle Schultz, EdD

Through this digital column, I hope to shine a light on what we’re working on both internally and beyond our walls in collaboration with other community-focused organizations.

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