Schnucks Press Releases
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Lori Willis
Schnuck Markets, Inc

Date : May 10, 2012

Schnucks, St. Johns Hospital partner to open pharmacy in Springfield, Ill.

Full-service facility will be open to public in St. John’s Pavilion


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Leaders of Schnuck Markets, Inc. have announced a partnership with St. John’s Hospital to open full-service stand alone pharmacy with emphasis on specialty pharmacy operations in the hospital’s pavilion facility.  This new pharmacy is replacing the specialty pharmacy inside the company’s Montvale store at 2801 Chatham Road.  (The traditional pharmacy at the Montvale location will remain.)


According to Schnucks Pharmacy Supervisor Dave Chism, R. Ph., this will mark Schnucks Pharmacies’ first stand alone specialty pharmacy in Illinois.  “Specialty pharmacies are designed to offer additional personalized pharmacy services to patients living with chronic disease conditions often times requiring hard-to-source medications,” Chism said.  “This may include those living with HIV, Hepatitis, auto-immune disorders, cancer and multiple sclerosis as well as those recovering from organ transplants and other conditions that require special medication therapy.”


“Often the medications that treat these conditions are expensive, require special storage conditions and need prior approval from insurance providers,” Chism added.  “Schnucks understand this and offers several services to assist these patients.  The pharmacies work hard to coordinate benefits and care between the patient, physician and insurance provider.”


In addition, Chism says the new 2,000-square-foot location will also serve St. John’s patients and staff as well as the general public and will offer delivery service.


“The pharmacy, and room delivery service, will make the patient experience easier and more convenient,” said Ginger Ertel, St. John’s director of pharmacy. “Patients will have the option of leaving the hospital and going straight home without stopping to get prescriptions filled.  In addition, patients who do not have prescription coverage and qualify for 340B pricing will be able to receive their prescription at a reduced cost.” 

About St. John’s Hospital         

St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to Central and Southern Illinois.  Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Service, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, Center for Living and AthletiCare.  St. John’s is designated as a Level I Trauma Center on a yearly rotating basis, has its own College of Nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. 

About Schnucks           

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 100 stores (including five Logli and seven Hilander stores) and 95 in-store pharmacies and four specialty pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.  Follow Schnucks on Facebook at 

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