News Releases - 2015

Frances Cohenour Named Recipient of 2015 NARD Ownership Award

by NCPA | Oct 12, 2015

National Harbor, Md. (October 12, 2015) - The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation announced today that Frances Cohenour, the co-owner of Chad's Payless Pharmacy and Singing River Healthcare medical clinic in Florence, Ala., is the recipient of this year's NARD® Ownership Award. The award was presented during a ceremony this morning at NCPA's 2015 Annual Convention in National Harbor, Md.

Sponsored by the NCPA Foundation, the NARD Ownership Award, now in its fourth year, recognizes an independent pharmacist who embraces the entrepreneurial spirit through promotion and demonstrated excellence in the field of community pharmacy ownership. The award is inspired by the legacy of NARD, which was, for nearly 100 years, the name associated with independent pharmacy. The National Community Pharmacists Association was founded in 1898 as the National Association of Retail Druggists.

"Only five years out of pharmacy school, Frances Cohenour has already made an indelible mark on her community and her profession," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, President of the NCPA Foundation. "Frances has turned issues into opportunities in her pharmacy and continues to expand patient care offerings to help her community stay healthy. Frances' passion for her patients and her profession is what we should all strive to emulate as community pharmacy owners. On behalf of the NCPA Foundation, I am proud to recognize Frances as this year's recipient of the NARD Award and know she will continue to do great things for community pharmacy."

Cohenour is co-owner of Chad's Payless Pharmacy and Singing River Healthcare medical clinic with her sister, who is also a pharmacist. Cohenour took over co-ownership of Chad's Payless after her father, the original owner, passed away in 2013. Cohenour has implemented many health care initiatives for patients at her pharmacy, such as travel immunizations, biometric health screenings, and a diabetes education program. She is also a consultant for a local surgery center.

Cohenour believes in giving back to her profession and is an active member of several pharmacy associations, including NCPA's steering committee for Technology and Communications and the Alabama Pharmacy Association. She is chair of the Alabama Medicaid's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and serves on the board of the Alabama Medicaid Region A regional care organization. Cohenour also serves as a student preceptor and started a PGY1 community pharmacy residency at her pharmacy in conjunction with Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy.

Cohenour is a 2010 graduate of Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy and a resident of Florence, Ala.


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