Jim Polucha

Jim Polucha

The Medicine Chest Pharmacy is expanding its programs. To do that, a familiar face is returning behind the pharmacy counter: Jim Polucha is back. After a stint with a corporate pharmacy and before that, working at the now-closed Healthmart, Polucha will assist with providing vaccinations like flu and shingles, medication therapy management, comprehensive medical reviews and more community outreach to seniors. Pharmacist in charge Mike Campfield said the Fourth Street drug store is looking for ways to survive and thrive. “The independent pharmacy as we know it is going by the wayside. For years, we've tried to figure ways to survive. We want people to realize the value of what we can offer.” Customers of Reed Drugstore may recognize Campfield's name. He worked at the White Bear pharmacy from 1987 until it closed in 2005. Polucha was at Medicine Chest for 10 years before leaving after longtime owner Dick Sundt died unexpectedly in 2016. Between the two pharmacists, they have a combined 35 years of service to the White Bear community. “We're excited,” Campfield said. “Jim is back with us after stepping away for a time from Medicine Chest. It's a natural fit for him to rejoin us. Business is booming, and we needed help. Jim is the perfect person. He grew up here. We both have strong ties to the community. You don't see that in corporate pharmacies.”

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