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Rite Aid spotlights 'Favorite Pharmacist' winners
March 27th, 2012
CAMP HILL, Pa. – Rite Aid Corp. has announced the two winners of its 2011 Favorite Pharmacist contest, including a pharmacist and a long-time customer.
The drug chain said Tuesday that the winning pharmacist is Sampathkumaran (Sam) Trichy Santhanagopalan, who was nominated by about 50 customers for his service at the Rite Aid on West Nob Hill Boulevard in Yakima, Wash.
A Rite Aid pharmacist for four years, Santhanagopalan said his favorite part of his job is counseling customers on how to take their medications as prescribed and how to minimize possible side effects.
The winning customer is Art Gomez, who nominated his regular pharmacist Amy Druzgala of the Rite Aid on Stony Point Road in Santa Rosa, Calif. In his nomination, Gomez wrote, "Amy always says hi, even if she's not working the counter." He also credited Druzgala with encouraging him to get a flu shot and "talking" him through it.
Both winner were selected at random from the approximately 12,000 entries in Rite Aid's annual contest, which honors Rite Aid pharmacists for their commitment to customer care and service and celebrates American Pharmacists Month.
For the contest, customers submit stories via paper entries in stores, online at riteaid.com or through Rite Aid's Facebook page at facebook.com/RiteAid. Each of the winners receives $2,500 in Rite Aid gift cards. All favorite pharmacists received a "Favorite Pharmacist" pin and letter of commendation from Rite Aid president and chief executive officer John Standley.
"Rite Aid's pharmacists are our greatest asset, and this contest is a unique way to celebrate their commitment to customer service," stated Dan Miller, senior vice president of pharmacy at Rite Aid and a pharmacist for 32 years. "I'd like to congratulate our two winners and express Rite Aid's sincere gratitude to all our pharmacists for their dedicated service year-round."