SMALL BUSINESS HAPPENINGS
Coulters add pharmacists at La Grande, Enterprise locations
Bob and Sue Coulter, owners of Red Cross United Drug in La Grande and the Olive Branch Pharmacy in Enterprise, recently announced they have added a pharmacist in both locations.
Ken Shelton, who has been practicing pharmacy in La Grande the past 36 years, has gone to work at the Red Cross United Drug Store at 1123 Adams Ave. Shelton said he is pleased to be a part of the Red Cross United team.
“Bob has carved out a niche in pharmacy services that allows Red Cross United Drug to better serve the customer, and that was appealing,” Shelton said.
Shelton, who grew up in Union and was educated at Oregon State University, said he enjoys all the outdoor activities the La Grande area has to offer. He and his wife of 32 years have three daughters and four grandchildren.
At the Olive Branch, Koreen Sanders joins the staff.
Sanders, who has worked as a pharmacist in Enterprise the last several years, grew up in Fallon, Nev., and remembers the sense of community offered by a small farming town.
When she and her husband, Carl, vacationed in Wallowa County in 2006, they saw an opportunity.
“We wanted to raise our kids in a place where you could have a sense of community,” she said. She lives in Enterprise with her husband and two children.
Sanders said she hired on at Olive Branch Pharmacy because she saw an opportunity to provide good customer service.
“I thought Olive Branch Pharmacy would give me the chance to spend more time with my patients, and now I feel like I can take the time each patient may need to get their questions answered,” she said.
The Coulters said that adding two full-time pharmacists to their operation means a little less stress.
“Koreen is an excellent addition to Olive Branch pharmacy, and with her there it will free up some of our time. Adding Ken at Red Cross United means more flexibility for our pharmacy team.”
The staff expansion should also allow Bob Coulter more time for traveling to foreign countries and doing pro bono work in deprived communities.
“That’s something I really enjoy doing, and having each store in good hands will allow me more freedom,” he said.
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