Walgreens continued its support of the multi-purpose professional development laboratory, part of Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy, during a visit to the Pomona, Calif. campus Feb. 12, 2010.

The College of Pharmacy (COP) received a second installment of $20,000 on a $50,000 pledge from Walgreens to help build a simulated model pharmacy for an exemplary practice-training environment. The laboratory will be the center for educational and professional development to prepare the highest quality patient-centered pharmacists.

The multi-purpose professional development laboratory, which is scheduled to open in August 2010, will have many uses such as pharmacy consultation training, patient evaluation skills, diagnostic procedures, immunizations, compounding, sterile products preparation, and a language laboratory for teaching medical Spanish.

“”This looks like the College of Pharmacy is focusing on the skills that are very important for pharmacists to graduate and be successful in the future,”” said Dr. Jared Rhoads, Walgreens District Manager, California Inland East, while on tour of the lab and seeing the vision of what great uses are in store for the space on the second floor of the Health Professions Center (HPC).

Present for the visit and tour of the planned laboratory and campus expansion of the Health Education Center (HEC) and nearly finished Patient Care Center (PCC), were Walgreens representatives Dr. Anthony Perez, Dr. Jared Rhoads, College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Daniel Robinson, Vice Dean Dr. Jesse Martinez, Associate Dean Dr. Sam Shimomura and Paul Stover, Director of Development.

“”Walgreens has shown great leadership and innovation in expanding the scope of pharmacy services to patients from routine to extremely complex medication therapies, said Robinson. “”We are proud to partner with Walgreens in creating a professional development laboratory that will prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities ahead for future pharmacists.””