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Aug 13, 2012

David Binkley, district manager for 25 CVS locations in the South Bend area, was honored to accept a plaque from American National University as Distinguished Community Employer. Three graduates from the South Bend Campus’s pharmacy technician program, Erin Anson, Ralonda Hawkins, and Emily Shine were hired by CVS Caremark Pharmacies and Mr. Binkley was instrumental in making this happen. “All three are excellent employees,” he said.

CVS has special services that they provide to ongoing customers that focus on building and maintaining good relationships with each customer. The pharmacy technicians will make up to 60 calls a week to those customers who have not refilled their prescriptions or who may need a change of drugs prescribed by their doctor due to their medical history. CVS requires their techs to be comfortable with getting to know their customers well, staying in touch with them on a regular basis, and building that solid relationship which will serve as a resource to provide for all of their health care needs.

Mr. Binkley said he noticed that National students are well prepared to professionally service customers. “American National University graduates are ready to step into our training program because they are state licensed and have successfully completed a retail pharmacy externship which gives them the basic understanding of the position and the environment of the pharmacy.”

With many CVS locations in the South Bend area, Mr. Binkley proposed putting a local externship program in place in order to be more involved with National. He said he is always open to meeting National students and graduates and he will continue to hire more graduates in the near future as the business grows.

Campus Director John Herman (third from left) is pictured presenting a plaque to David Binkley at CVS, flanked by graduates Emily Shine (left) and Ralonda Hawkins.

 

tags: IN-South Bend | Medical: Medical: Pharmacy Technician - Associate's Degree (PTA)

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