Cardinal Health Awards Prestigious Award to STX Neighborhood Pharmacy Owner/Pharmacist
At its annual Retail Business Conference (RBC) held in Las Vegas July 16-18, Cardinal Health named Dr. Kisha Christian, owner of St. Croix’s Neighborhood Pharmacy, the recipient of its annual Community Leadership Award. Ken Würster. Neighborhood Pharmacy is the first nominee and recipient of the award from the US Virgin Islands.
The award honors an independent pharmacist for outstanding contributions to their community and was established in honor of Tampa, Florida independent pharmacist Ken Wurster, who died in 2008.
The Neighborhood Pharmacy has been praised for its collaborations with various community partners, charities and government agencies to have a positive social impact on St. Croix and the wider U.S. Virgin Islands. The Neighborhood Pharmacy team is a responsive and flexible community partner who believes in service above self.
The young pharmacy engages in a wide variety of holistic and impactful community initiatives that bring direct relief to vulnerable populations in the territory. These efforts include, but are not limited to, its annual back-to-school backpack, donating school supplies to teachers, monthly food initiatives with My Brother’s Table and Community First, the Territorial Christmas Giveaway with the Tim Duncan and Community Foundation- initiatives based on raising awareness and advocating against domestic violence and sexual assault against women.
The pharmacy’s innovative services include delivery, drive-thru, medicine flavoring, vaccinations and a newly opened juice bar. The locally owned and operated pharmacy engages in various in-person and virtual/radio/social media health awareness initiatives, and provides full and partial sponsorship to various organizations within the community to increase their efforts to address various social problems.
The Sainte-Croix pharmacist views her staff as an independent and equally important community and engages in consistent team building activities. “It is thanks to our dedicated and hardworking staff that we were able to receive this national award, and it was an honor to accept it on behalf of our team,” said Christian.
Cardinal Health presented the 2022 Community Leadership Award at its RBC Conference. In addition to an engraved award, Cardinal Health donated $10,000 in Christian’s name to a pharmacy school or charity of his choice. The chosen recipient was the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, which is its alma mater.
Christian will launch a $25,000 scholarship fund in the fall of 2022, adding $15,000 to the Cardinal Health donation. This fund will provide financial support to a minority student who has a passion for service and community involvement. The prize will be awarded annually.
“Our goal is to focus on meeting community needs by providing quality healthcare services to people in the Virgin Islands. We are a family and we are people whose reach goes beyond health care. We seek to care for and nurture the human as a whole and are committed to lending a hand, engaging with and empowering all residents of our community to be their best! »