Biz Buzz: Essentia Opens Pharmacy at St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd – Brainerd Dispatch

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BRAINERD—Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center recently opened its new pharmacy in May inside the hospital.

The public is invited to the open house throughout the day until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6.

A ceremonial opening on Friday morning May 6 brought a small group of visitors to meet the staff and view the renovated space. The pharmacy is inside the hospital and is just to the left of the lobby when using the main entrance along North Third Street in Brainerd. The pharmacy is down the hall behind the gift shop.

Jeremy Pliscott, is the Pharmacist in Charge at Essentia Health and will be the Facility Manager.

“I am super excited for this opportunity. I’ve been in the Brainerd Lakes area for 30 years now,” Pliscott said. After spending time in Grand Rapids, Pliscott said it was nice to be back at the home where he grew up. He lives in Baxter with his wife and two boys.

“It’s good to have this opportunity and then offer this service to patients. I’m really excited about the Meds to Beds program and just making sure patients come away with the medications and education they need and then having another pharmacy in the community for people in the area.

With the Meds to Beds program, patients being discharged from the hospital have their medications brought to their bedside to eliminate an additional stop at the pharmacy in the discharge process.

The pharmacy provides prescription drugs, vaccinations, especially pharmaceutical services for rare drugs, consultations and has a safe disposal system for expired or unnecessary drugs.

“On behalf of the Brainerd Lakes area business community, I just want to thank you and congratulate you for investing in our community with such a fabulous facility. We’re really proud to have Essentia in our community and as we heard today at the Community Breakfast, when this organization does well, our community does well,” said Matt Kilian, President of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce. Kilian and a small group of people were present for an inauguration ceremony. Kilian highlighted Essentia’s use of local contractors for the work and noted the contribution of Nor-son Business Development Manager Mark Korte, who also attended the ceremony.

Essentia Health Brainerd St. Joseph Pharmacy, 523 N. Third St., Suite 1224, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week and will be open during the holidays.

Essentia offers curbside pickup and delivery for prescriptions and can set up courier service with delivery typically in three to five days (there are some restrictions and controlled substances require a signature on delivery). Most medication deliveries arrive the next business day and there are no additional charges if patients are enrolled in the Essentia SynchMyMeds program. Pharmacy has SyncPack for personalized medicine packs organized by date and time and sealed in what is described as easy-to-open individual packs.

RENEE RICHARDSON, editor of Brainerd Dispatch, can be reached at 218-855-5852 or

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