Legacy Lodge Independent and Assisted Living used to have residents’ medications shipped in from out of state.

Not any more.

Thanks to a new partnership with Stone Drug, a locally owned and operated pharmacy since the mid-1970s, residents will have more reliable access for their prescription refills.

“The sooner you can get antibiotic medication or pain medication started, the better qualify of life there is for that individual going through the healing process or the pain-relief process,” said administrator Patrick Fairbanks.

Legacy Lodge offers independent and assisted living apartments in Rafter J south of Jackson. Its old medication agreement was with the large national pharmaceutical company Omnicare.

“One of the concerns was that it came through mail order,” Fairbanks said. “So it had to come in via mail or overnight express, versus now, being local, it just comes right up from the pharmacy. And if they have a delay, we can just get in the car and drive down there and go pick it up.”

Fairbanks pointed out that for overnight orders or orders that take place on weekends or holidays, “it’s a lot more convenient and accessible this way.”

It’s nice, he said, to keep money in town.

“This partnership allows us to keep our business dollars in Jackson and provides better service to our residents,” he said. “We take pride in looking for ways we can be a part of the Jackson Hole community.”

Seniors living at the St. John Medical Center Living Center also have access to local prescriptions. The hospital has its own internal pharmacy, so no outsourcing has to occur. Patients can also choose to use other local pharmacies if they prefer.

Legacy Lodge is also looking to local business Four Pines Physical Therapy to have in-house physical therapy services for both rehabilitation and regular strengthening.

“They’re a great organization and a great group of individuals to work with,” Fairbanks said. “They have the hometown values of Jackson, and those are the values we carry as well and want to bring forward.”

The owner of Four Pines Physical Therapy, Norene Christensen, said physical therapy services are vital for residents to be able to continue to live in apartments and be autonomous.

“Having physical therapy in the campus allows residents to have access to therapy services at a frequency and intensity that allows for the effective meaningful improvement in residents’ function,” she said in a release. “For these residents, having physical therapy services in a familiar setting allows them to carry through rehabilitative concepts to keep them safe in their apartment.”

Fairbanks also spoke to the value of continuity.

“Prior to coming to us, some of our residents were utilizing these local therapists,” he said. “Now they can continue using those services.”

If these partnerships thrive and are popular with residents, Fairbanks said he’d be open to Legacy Lodge continuing to expand its work with local companies and services.

It even expanded its local business relationships to local coffee for the residents from Snake River Roasting.

“I think there are many partnerships within the community that would just make sense for us,” Fairbanks said. “We will continue looking for those avenues.”

Contact Kylie Mohr at 732-7079, health@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGhealth.

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