The College of Pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences accepted a $50,000 gift from Walgreens on Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

The pledge will support the creation of the multi-purpose professional development laboratory estimated to open in January 2010.

Walgreens partnership with WesternU will help build a simulated model pharmacy within the Professional Development Laboratory to provide a training environment that supports contemporary patient-centered practice.

“This laboratory will help to ensure that graduates are prepared to deliver the highest quality patient care,” said Matt Sesto, RPh, Vice President of Store Operations at Walgreens.

The advantage of centralizing many aspects of professional skills training in the new Professional Development Laboratory was emphasized by College of Pharmacy Dean Daniel Robinson.

“We are thankful to work on a project that focuses on educational outcomes that will most directly impact the patients we serve,” he said. “We are pleased to partner with Walgreens and we value their commitment to WesternU and the best that pharmacy education has to offer.”

“When we started the College of Pharmacy over 10 years ago, Walgreens was the first company to support us,” said Philip Pumerantz, PhD, President of WesternU. “It’s very encouraging to have such major pharmacy corporation step forward. We always appreciate our relationship with Walgreens. 

Walgreens has more than 6,600 stores nationwide and 519 in California, according to their Web site. They were founded in 1901.

The College of Pharmacy welcomed its charter class into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in 1996. This program was the fourth college of pharmacy to be established in the State of California and prepares students in a humanistic, interdisciplinary tradition to become competent, qualified professionals. Graduates of Western University’s College of Pharmacy complement other health care team members by offering their expertise in comprehensive drug therapy management.