Smith Drug Co. hires VP for new Long Term Care department

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Spartanburg-based Smith Drug Co. on Thursday announced Jeff Schneider as the vice president of its new Long Term Care (LTC) pharmacy solutions department. He will be responsible for developing solutions for the privately-held wholesale drug distributor’s new and existing LTC customers.

“We’re not new to the LTC market,” said Jeff Foreman, president of Smith Drug Co., in a statement. “We have great relationships with many customers. They’ve been telling us what they’d like to see, what’s not really offered by any one provider in the industry, and we’ve listened. We brought an LTC expert on board, someone specifically tasked with providing expertise to our customers and helping them grow their business. Jeff has a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are excited to have him lead the LTC team.” 

Jeff Foreman

Jeff Schneider

Schneider is a pharmacist who has more than two decades of experience in the LTC market. He has held executive roles with leading companies, including Omnicare and NeighborCare.

According to Smith Drug Co., Schneider’s professional experience includes start-up, turnaround, multi-site and multi-state operations.

The company said he has “managed every aspect of LTC pharmacy, from clinical services and financial management to human resources and regulatory compliance. And his experience will be important to the departments efforts to help customers grow their business and improve their earnings.”

“I’ve been where our customers are,” Scheider said in a statement. “I know the pressure to provide excellent patient care while maintaining a solid business strategy and compliance with ever-changing regulations. I have first-hand experience that no other vendor can match the excellent customer service provided by Smith Drug Co.”

In October, the company rolled out its new HealthWise Pharmacy program for its customers, which include independent pharmacies in 23 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The program includes a suite of solutions designed to help those customers remain competitive with large chains, such as marketing, retail and LTC solutions, business consulting and software solutions.

“I am excited that my new role will be leading a team that can offer customers solutions that are simply not found anywhere else,” Schneider said. “Of course that includes wholesale distribution, but in addition to that, we can provide consultation on how to open, expand and improve operations. We can help our customers increase their success.”

Schneider is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia. He is active in a several pharmacy and health care organizations at the state and national levels.

For more information, visit smithdrug.com.

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