Opening in January 2018, Access Health Louisiana Pharmacy will improve the quality of our patient’s care through expanded medical services. Our full-service pharmacy will be located inside the St. Charles Community Health Center in Luling. It will provide patients with convenient, friendly service, as well as hard-to-find medications. Patients filling their prescriptions through our in-house pharmacy can receive free, next day home delivery of medications. You can also get information on prescription assistance programs, as well as discount medications. When opened, the pharmacy will operate Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.
Michael Simmons, Pharm.D.
Michael Simmons is a 19-year resident of St. Charles Parish. A graduate of Xavier University’s Pharmacy School, Simmons started his career as a pharmacy technician with Eckerd Drugs. Upon graduating from Xavier, he transitioned to the role of Pharmacist and continued working with Eckerd Drugs for several years. St. Charles Parish residents may best remember his familiar face from working as the Pharmacy Manager at the Walgreens in Boutte. “It is important to me that I work in the parish that I call home because I am invested in my community,” says Simmons. Simmons says that based on his experience working with a large chain drugstore for two decades, in-house pharmacies like the one at Access Health Louisiana (AHL) can often better assist patients and meet their healthcare needs. “An in-house pharmacy will benefit AHL patients because we will have direct access to their doctors and medical records since everything is within the same network. As part of the patient’s care team, I will share information with their Primary Care Physician to help find the best treatment for each patient that meets their financial and medical needs. This will require a more personal involvement in patient’s care on my part.” Simmons and his team can also assist patients in other ways such as saving patients money. “If patients have a hard to find medication or their medication is out of their budget, I will call their doctor for a temporary or permanent alternative. I can also search for financial solutions such as manufacturer coupons. We can also contact local organizations such as the Council on Aging to provide financial assistance for qualifying patients and their medications.” Simmons says that he is excited to be the newest member of the AHL team and looks forward to continuing the organization’s mission of improving the health of the people we serve. “I look forward to being able to take the initiative and create a personal relationship with my patients.”