Access Health Louisiana Pharmacy is improving the quality of our patient’s care through expanded medical services and hours of operation. Our full-service pharmacy is located inside the St. Charles Community Health Center in Luling. It provides 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. Our bilingual pharmacy technician is always happy to assist our Spanish-speaking patients. The pharmacy is open Monday through Thursday from 8am-6pm, Fridays 8am-5pm and Saturdays 8am-Noon.
Michelle Bonilla , Nicole Gutierrez, Michael Simmons-Pharm.D., Abigayle Earl and Chantel Trahan, Technicians
Pharmacist 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 benefits AHL patients because we 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 share information with their Primary Care Physician to help find the best treatment for each patient that meets their financial and medical needs. This requires a more personal involvement in patient’s care on my part.” Simmons and his team 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 a part 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.”