Published on January 07, 2020

Familiarity a theme at new Essentia Health-Deer River Pharmacy

Open house scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28

Robert Ott, manager of Essentia Health Deer River Pharmacy

After months of planning and preparation, the Essentia Health-Deer River Pharmacy is open and ready to serve patients.

It comes equipped with a familiar vibe. The new pharmacy, formerly Ott Drug, remains in the same location as its predecessor — 2 Division Street. And the longtime owner of that family business, Robert Ott, manages the Essentia Health-Deer River Pharmacy, which officially opened Monday, Dec. 16.

Ott is excited to continue delivering high-quality service as a member of the Essentia team.

“Having the new Essentia Health pharmacy located in Deer River is a great benefit for our community,” said Ott. “Having a pharmacy system integrated with the health care clinics is really the best way to provide pharmacy services. I am looking forward to continuing to work in our local area.”

Like Essentia pharmacies elsewhere, the one in Deer River will offer coordinated care to customers and have access to patients’ health history via electronic medical records. This means pharmacists are able to seamlessly check for updates to prescriptions, look for potential medication interactions and make sure patients are taking the correct dose.

Essentia pharmacies offer:

  • No-appointment immunization service
  • Sync My Meds
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Safe medication disposal
  • Medication management
  • Monthly prescription service
  • Online refill requests
  • Flu shot and shingle vaccines
  • Custom medication packaging

“We are excited to continue a pharmacy in Deer River, where the community has been served by the Ott family for more than 82 years,” said Jim Novak, senior operations manager for ambulatory pharmacy services at Essentia. “Maintaining a retail pharmacy here, where we already operate a hospital and clinic, is in line with our commitment to improving the health and vitality of our communities. We are especially excited to keep the founder’s grandson, Robert Ott, on as our site supervisor. When you visit the Essentia Health-Deer River Pharmacy, you will see nearly all of the same familiar faces that you have come to know and trust.”

The Essentia Health-Deer River Pharmacy will host a celebratory open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Members of the community are invited to attend and meet the pharmacy staff, as well as learn about new offerings and services.

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