GALLIPOLIS — A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday on Second Avenue in Gallipolis helped commemorate a partnership between Holzer Health System and Fruth Pharmacy.
Area dignitaries gathered to investigate the services being offered to the public after a brief introduction ceremony. Refreshments were available to partake in.
Services offered at the Holzer Health at Fruth Pharmacy include treatment for illnesses such as common cold, sinus infection, acute bronchitis, seasonal allergies, cold sores, pink eye, upper respiratory infection, upset stomach, sore throat, urinary tract infections, in addition to basic checkups and sports physicals. Diagnostic testing and counseling treatments include tuberculosis skin testing, pregnancy, testing and smoking cessation. Immunizations available include tetanus shot and tetanus shot with whooping cough. Many individuals commonly refer to the new facilities as “urgent care” and cooperation with Holzer Health System will provide for a clinical setting.
“We are pleased to have Holzer Health’s services available for our patients who come in to the pharmacy seeking help for illnesses that require more than an over-the-counter medication,” stated Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy, “Holzer has served Gallia county residents for many years and is a trusted name in the community. Fruth Pharmacy is committed to leading the way to help busy families have convenient access to quality health care in our store locations.”
Fruth Pharmacy is a chain of drug stores located in western West Virginia and southern Ohio. The company is based out of Point Pleasant and was founded by Jack Fruth in 1952.
“Even though I don’t live in Gallipolis, I recognize the role that Holzer Health plays in the area as its biggest employer,” Holzer Health System CEO Dr. Chris Meyer said. “It’s a pretty neat thing today that Holzer, an institution that has a long history of its own, is getting together with Fruth Pharmacy which was started so many years ago. It’s a neat thing that our two institutions are collaborating on an effort to improve health care in the area. Urgent care plays a pretty critical role in today’s health care world. When I was 10, there were no urgent cares anywhere.”
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.