Intermountain Healthcare Closing 25 Retail Pharmacies
Jul 9, 2021, 3:34 PM | Updated: 3:45 pm
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Intermountain Healthcare announced it will close all but one of its 26 retail pharmacies in Utah. The move is part of an agreement to transfer prescription information and inventory to CVS Pharmacy next month.
The pharmacies are closing because people in the areas are not using them enough to stay open.
Retail pharmacies are different than hospital pharmacies that serve hospitalized patients. Inpatient pharmacies are not affected.
Intermountain said the closures affect about 250 employees but “this is not a layoff situation,” according to a spokesman.
“Intermountain is committed to working with impacted employees to identify an opportunity that aligns with their needs and preferences and they will have the option to transition to other roles within Intermountain and be considered for positions at local CVS Pharmacy locations,” the news release said.
“Every effort will be made to ensure patients and employees are well cared for during this transition,” said Nannette Berensen, vice president and COO of Intermountain Shared Clinical Services.
Intermountain said it will continue with medication management services, medication assistance, and financial support services. The home delivery pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, and the retail pharmacy at Primary Children’s Hospital will also remain.
Patients can expect a letter from Intermountain to explain the changes in further detail.
“CVS Pharmacy knows that these locations have been providing trusted pharmacy care for the Utah Community for years and we are excited to continue that tradition,” said David Royster, Regional Director, CVS Pharmacy. “We are looking forward to introducing our industry-leading products and services to these new patients and are committed to ensuring that their pharmacy needs are not only met but exceeded.”