A.L. pharmacy actually serves 2 niches
Published 9:41 am Monday, December 21, 2015
Curt’s has both retail and long-term care pharmacies
There’s more than what meets the eye at Curt’s Pharmacy in Albert Lea.
While many know the establishment offers a retail pharmacy, some may not know it also offers a long-term care pharmacy.
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Owner and pharmacist Curt Clarambeau said the retail pharmacy is like most others in town and can be used by anyone in the community. The long-term care pharmacy is used by nursing homes, group homes and other similar facilities. It is the only one of its kind in Albert Lea.
Clarambeau said Curt’s has been inside Nelson’s Market Place and what is now Marketplace Foods since November 2003. It was on the west side of the store for a few years and moved to the east side of the store in 2010.
The move allowed for a drive-thru.
Separate and above the retail pharmacy is the long-term care pharmacy. He said this pharmacy was created about a year after the retail pharmacy moved to its present location when he saw a need for a local provider.
This type of pharmacy is more label-intensive. Many facilities like their prescriptions packaged a certain way, and this pharmacy caters to those needs, he said. Most of these prescriptions are also delivered.
Some facilities email in their prescriptions and others fax them in.
Lee Wiese, Curt’s Pharmacy long-term care liason who is also the nursing supervisor at Just Like Home Place, said Curt’s Pharmacy is reaching out to long-term care facilities in the area and hopes to get the Medicare contract for St. John’s Lutheran Community’s new facility.
She said the facility offers strong customer service and noted that Clarambeau tries to give back to the community by shopping locally and supporting local businesses.
“He does walk the walk,” Wiese said. “He practices what he preaches.”
Clarambeau said he employs 20 people for both pharmacies, including everyone from pharmacists on down to drivers who make deliveries.
Wiese said the business is also trying to expand its social media prescence.