WinnMed Pharmacy in Decorah now open

WinnMed in Decorah, formerly Winneshiek Medical Center, recently announced the opening of its new pharmacy Thursday, Feb. 1. 

Located in the renovated North Building on its Decorah campus, the WinnMed Pharmacy offers retail pharmacy services, including prescription filling and education, over-the-counter medications, medication adherence packaging, medication synchronization, compounding, drug disposal, vaccines and other services. Future plans include pharmacists serving in a consultative role for the Mayo Clinic Health System clinical practice at WinnMed and providing a meds-to-beds program for hospitalized patients ready for discharge.

The new WinnMed Pharmacy serves patients from all health systems and providers and accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, Blue Cross, CVS/Caremark, ExpressScripts, Optum and many others. As patients refill prescriptions or request new prescriptions, staff will work with them and their insurance carriers to ensure in-network coverage prior to filling.

Donlon to WinnMed Transition

The WinnMed Board of Trustees approved the acquisition of Donlon Pharmacy in June of 2023. Following an extensive renovation of WinnMed’s North Building, the pharmacy transitioned from its downtown Decorah location to the WinnMed campus. 

“We are thrilled to be able to continue the long-standing tradition of locally owned pharmacy services here at WinnMed,” said Steve Slessor, WinnMed Chief Administrative Officer. “We have tremendous respect for Donlon Pharmacy, that team and the work it does for the community. To have that team joining us and to work with them to continue to enhance retail pharmacy offerings in this community is beyond exciting.”

“Our entire pharmacy staff is excited to be joining WinnMed and look forward to expanding our pharmacy services to help benefit members of our community,” added Mark Branum, Pharm.D., BCGP, who served as Pharmacist-in-Charge at Donlon Pharmacy and continues in that role at WinnMed Pharmacy. “We are particularly happy to welcome patients from all providers and clinics as we accept nearly every insurance plan and will be a preferred provider in those networks.”

According to a WinnMed press release, important points to support the transition are:

• All Donlon patients will automatically transition to WinnMed Pharmacy, unless the patient notifies the pharmacy of alternate preferences.

• All Donlon pharmacy staff are transitioning to WinnMed. Patients will see familiar faces in the new pharmacy and work with the same people they know and trust.

• WinnMed Pharmacy will participate in insurance networks that Donlon Pharmacy participates in, plus additional networks. Medication costs will be comparable or better than what patients are used to.

For more information call WinnMed Pharmacy, beginning Feb. 1, at 563-387-3000.

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