A Great Pharmacy Beginning
Over 30 years ago, Harry Jones and his wife Celia set out to establish Sun Pharmacy a local retail pharmacy to serve the families in their Florida community. Their roots in the town grew deep; neighbors were friends and friends were family. These were the people they wanted to serve.
In the mid to early 80’s starting a pharmacy was no small feat. It took guts and money. Not to mention the support of the people they were working to help.
The Skilled Nursing Ah Ha Moment
Harry and Celia quickly saw the growing need of pharmacy services within the skilled nursing facility industry, and closed their retail store to focus on servicing this segment of the aging population. They grew their business by providing customized medication delivery systems including 7-day unit dose exchange, 30-day unit dose boxes, punch cards, meds-on-demand, and numerous other offerings. Sun Pharmacy became leaders in the SNF industry; identifying what facility needs were and developing their services around those needs.
They began providing IV services and multiple daily deliveries to better serve patients in their client facilities. Sun Pharmacy also offered 24-hour on-call service and consultant pharmacist monthly medication reviews.
A Growing LTC Pharmacy
The business grew from a regional based service to a statewide service and medications were delivered from South West and South East Florida to Jacksonville and the panhandle.
Within a short time Sun Pharmacy was a “household” name in Florida’s long-term care markets and had grown to 2 locations.
When Harry sold Sun Pharmacy to Heartland Healthcare Services in 1996, it was because he knew we would continue the tradition of providing the care of a small-town pharmacy regardless of how much “big time” technology, resources, and corporate support Sun’s Pharmacy locations would now have access too.
And that’s what we want for our customers.
Today, our St Petersburg location delivers from Jacksonville to Naples. Our Sunrise facility delivers to the East Coast from Palm Beach South.
To honor the founders and the history of Sun Pharmacy, we kept the name. So while we are all one big Heartland Healthcare Services family, Sun Pharmacy has a legacy all its own.
Here are just some of the things you can count on us for:
Technology is a wonderful thing, but it can’t do the job alone. Which is why you can trust our pharmacists and Clinical Intervention Center specialists to personally oversee all aspects of your LTC pharmacy services.
It’s this combination of people and tech that affords your facility the most efficient and effective pharmacy services – ultimately saving you money.
Contact us to discover a tailored program right for your nurses and patients.
The nurses of your LTC facility are remarkable; each bringing unique qualities to your team and those they serve.. Their tireless efforts to ensure each patient is cared for as well as they deserve to be, does not go unnoticed.
It’s our job to support those efforts however we can. That’s why we’ve developed comprehensive processes around medication safety, and offer infusion therapy support, as well as monthly reviews for each resident performed by our licensed consultant pharmacists.
Plus, you can depend on the support, training, fail-safes offered by the customer care reps that visit your facility on a regular basis. You’ll get to know them, and they’ll get to know you. Find out more about the specifics of our Clinical Support programs and how they can benefit you.
Your residents don’t just need meds from 9 – 5.
There’s no time out for medical needs. That’s why we operate our pharmacy non-stop every minute of every day. We deliver medications when you need us to, and we’ll provide an extensive Emergency Drug Kit for those unexpected (yet expected) times of dire need.
With easy order tracking and refills and a delivery process developed to save you time, pharmacy services with us will feel effortless! Get in touch so we can begin creating your tailored program today.
Living in Florida definitely has its perks! With sunny skies, warm weather, and typically brief bouts of rain, it’s a place that not only calls to tourists, but to those wanting to put down roots as well.
It’s no secret, though, that living a coastal life also means running the risk of battling large storms like thunderstorms (we are the thunderstorm capital of the U.S.), tornadoes, and hurricanes.
Unfortunately, the lightening, wind, and rain can wreak havoc on your facility. At Sun Pharmacy, we’ve put together thoughtful emergency preparedness plans to ensure that your residents and staff are never without the medication and supplies they need. We leverage technology and our 5 Sun/Heartland Pharmacy locations with a central database so there is no lapse in communication, script orders, patient records and other things you need should the power go out or the internet goes down.
Ask us to lay out our disaster plan for you and then decide for yourself how valuable it will be to your LTC facility.
You’ll come to expect personalized training not only on the most efficient ways of using our pharmaceutical services, and the technology you’ll gain access to, but also training as requested by you to better equip your nurses for success.
There’s a reason the industry of medicine is referred to as a practice. Medications, treatment plans, therapies, are constantly evolving.
Our team will support your team through ongoing training and recommendations that will create consistency and accuracy where it’s most needed. Learn how we can work together and lighten your load!