Ashcraft Pharmacy Receives Small Business Award
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Good morning! Today I am honored to present the December Small Business Award to Ashcraft Pharmacy.
Ashcraft Pharmacy was originally opened in 1980 by Steve and Jackie Ashcraft. They started the business with two employees and hired Tami to start working for them her junior year in high school. She continued to work for Ashcraft Pharmacy until she left for pharmacy school at KU. After graduating, she worked for another pharmacy until coming back to Ashcraft Pharmacy in 2003 as a staff pharmacist. In 2016, when Steve was ready to retire, Tami purchased the pharmacy from him.
Ashcraft Pharmacy is a small, independent pharmacy that strives to care for their community. In addition to the dispensing and delivering of medications, they also try to offer a fair price for their prescriptions and services. To help improve daily living for their customers, they also offer medication therapy reviews, medication synchronization, Medicare part D comparison, immunizations, a large over-the-counter area, home health aids, and other hard to find products.
The biggest operational challenge they face right now is keeping their staff safe. They expanded their curbside offering in March and rearranged the front of their store to make it easier on their employees. The world of pharmacy is in the middle of huge changes as the competition is fierce, reimbursements are low, and responsibilities keep increasing; however, they are hoping to add more services to keep up with this ever-changing landscape.
Over the year, Ashcraft Pharmacy has been fortunate to retain most of their employees. However, just recently, they have found themselves shorthanded and are currently in the process of finding reliable replacements. At Ashcraft Pharmacy they offer their staff paid time off, health insurance for eligible full-time employees, and are extremely flexible with employee scheduling, understanding that everyone has a lot on their plate these days.
While participating in community events has not been easy this year, Ashcraft Pharmacy continues to give back to the community by supporting many of the local high schools, summer softball teams, and a local basketball camp. They are also a drug take back site for Rise-up Reno County.
At Ashcraft Pharmacy they work very hard to take care of their patients from the moment they walk in the door to make their experiences pleasant in every way that we can. Thank you, Tami, for all you do for our community!
If you know of a deserving small business, we encourage you to nominate them for this award. Requirements for consideration are Chamber membership, in business for at least three years, and 40 or fewer employees. Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information.
We also want to thank the sponsors that make this award possible each month: the Hutchinson News, Allen Samuels Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, First National Bank, Heartland Credit Union, Hutchinson Clinic, Eagle Communications, and ProValue Insurance.