DANVILLE — Conway’s Pharmacy and the new Knox County health center in Danville had a dual ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to welcome the two new businesses to the community.
Both the pharmacy and clinic will offer much-needed medical care to the surrounding community. Conway’s Pharmacy is owned and operated by Denise Conway and her husband Kevin along with Josh Kirby, a family friend. Conway also owns Conway’s Eastside Pharmacy in Mount Vernon.
Denise Conway, in a quick speech after the ribbon cutting, said they quickly realized they were going to invest in the Danville community when Lane Belangia, CEO of the Knox Community Health Center, talked to them about buying the old Longsinger’s Pharmacy building.
“Being able to bring back medical care is key. Collaborating with public health, even more important,” Conway said. “In order to keep a community strong and vibrant, you have to have healthy people, physically healthy and mentally healthy.”
This is Conway’s core drive in running her pharmacy. She believes that “health care is the backbone to a great community.”
“With this community not having any access to care… it’s a challenge for them,” Conway said later when talking to the News. Without a pharmacy in Danville, it’s a twenty minute drive, one way, and she said that’s a lot to fit into a person’s schedule.
“Our goal is just to make this phenomenal,” Conway said about the future goals for the pharmacy.
The pharmacy to her is more than just filling prescriptions. Conway wants it to be a place where they can educate and counsel people on the medication so they know why they’re on it and knowing how important it is for them to take it properly.
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