Locally-owned pharmacies adopt new Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy name, keep long tradition of service

Sierra Health Mart pharmacists-owners David Vasenden and Brant Skanson

Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy continues a decades-long history of service at three Reno-Tahoe locations under the ownership of David Vasenden, RPh, and Brant Skanson, RPh, along with Terry Vasenden and Julie Skanson

Reno, NV, April 30, 2011 — Three pharmacies in Reno and Lake Tahoe have proudly operated with local ownership and a long history in northern Nevada, but until now, under three different names: Don’s Pharmacy in downtown Reno, Sierra Compounding Pharmacy in south Reno and Village Pharmacy in Incline Village. Those signs have come down, and the Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy signs are up, signifying a name change, but no change in ownership or service for the pharmacies.

Sierra Health Mart is inviting the community to celebrate the new name and meet its staff at events at all three pharmacies. A new name celebration and ribbon-cutting reception will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 at Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy-South Reno, 8040 South Virginia St. New name celebration and customer and medical partner appreciation open houses will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, May 6 at Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy-Downtown Reno, 501 Ralston St. and Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy-Incline Village, 898 Tanager St.

“We’re excited to unite our three pharmacies under the Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy banner,” said Terry Vasenden, who shares ownership of the group with her husband, pharmacist David Vasenden, along with pharmacist Brant Skanson and his wife, Julie Skanson. “We’re still locally owned, and Brant and David still are available in our pharmacies, dedicated to providing the best possible patient care,” she added.

Sierra Health Mart has been growing and recently has increased its staff, now totaling more than 40 employees. The three pharmacies for several years have been under common ownership and affiliated as locally-owned franchisees of Health Mart Pharmacy, a leading national network of independently-owned pharmacies. The oldest pharmacy in the group, Don’s Pharmacy, has a 40-year tradition in downtown Reno. Terry Vasenden said the new name achieves a more unified identity and also helps patients locate the three pharmacies when directed to a Health Mart Pharmacy by insurance providers.

In addition to being the area’s only locally-owned pharmacy group, Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy is distinguished in being a compounding pharmacy. “Our pharmacists and staff have advanced training in compounding, allowing us to offer customized medications,” said Brant Skanson, RPh. “We can create specialty preparations and custom medications to solve medication challenges by adding flavoring, removing dyes or lactose, changing dosage forms and making medication easier to administer – even for pets,” he added.

“It’s rewarding to be part of a business that can work together in getting Reno and Tahoe healthier – one patient at a time,” said David Vasenden, RPh. “We enjoy giving back to our community through the organizations and charities we’re involved with, as well as providing our free women’s wellness seminars – a Party with a Purpose,” he added. Sierra Health Mart also is unique in offering a nurse educator who provides consultations for women experiencing the effects of perimenopause and menopause.

For more information about Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy, compounded medications or a Party with a Purpose, please call 853-3500 or visit www.SierraHealthMart.com.

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