Wade Walker, RPh, pharmacist at City Market Pharmacy in Granby was awarded the Excellence in Healthcare Service award at the Grand County Rural Health Network annual fundraiser the 5th annual Bulls, Boots and BBQ.
Walker shared of his experiences in Grand County, “Being a pharmacist in Grand County has been a very special experience! When you’re a pharmacist in a large city, you are often regarded as nothing more than a pill counting and dispensing machine. The real knowledge that you have is never appreciated and personal relationships with patients and other health care professionals tend to not develop. To the contrary, my experience as a pharmacist in Grand County has been nothing short of rewarding.
Yes- the pace is often extremely busy and the workload is very overwhelming at times, but I never let myself get so busy that I ignore the patients. The customer is the real reason that I am there, and I love and pride myself on my ability to make each and every customer feel welcome and appreciated. Addressing patients by their first name and getting out from behind the counter to help them face to face in any way necessary has always been my strongest characteristic.
You know that you are a respected part of the medical community when you’re caught on a slope at Mary Jane by a familiar face, asked to evaluate this or that “ouchie”, and given empty pill bottles to refill on my next day at work! That really happened, and not just once!!”
This year’s event was held at a new located, the B Lazy 2 in Fraser and had over 200 attendees who enjoyed appetizer, BBQ, a silent and live auction, old-time photos and riding the mechanical bull. The event raised approximately $23,500 which is crucial for the operation of the Grand County Rural Health Network. Executive Director Jenn Fanning says, “Because of your support, we are able to continue improving the local healthcare system and advocating for your health!”
For more information, please contact Jen Fanning at 970-725-3477 or [email protected]grand.co.us.