How it all began
Hoagland Pharmacy opened its doors in Bellingham, Washington on February 2, 1981. Owned and operated by University of Washington Pharmacy School graduate Michael Hoagland and his wife Rosa, the operation grew quickly. In just four years, a move was made to double the store space and add employees.
Michael has been successful in evaluating the needs of the community and offering expanded services to accommodate those needs. The year 1987 saw the beginning of the practice of compounding medications. Michael and a colleague, Ed Mohs, took advantage of training classes at PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America), the premier authority in the compounding business. Subsequently, a professional relationship with then hospice employee Peggy Ryan, RN, who was familiar with the advantages of compounding medications, launched a new area of service to the hospice community. Today, the compounding center has grown to service the entire community, including various medical and veterinary specialists.
The next major venture occurred in 1988, with the hiring of Pharmacist Edward “Ed” Donaghy. Ed had gained experience in long term care pharmacy service while working at Option Care. Our first nursing home client was Alderwood Care Center in Bellingham. Long time administrator Carol Ann Andrews and Michael formed a strong business relationship, which is still in existence today due to our ability to provide personal, immediate, and local service.
Where we are today
Ongoing growth necessitated a move to our current location at the corner of Texas Street and Yew Street in January 2000. The attractive building is the home of our retail and compounding services, home health durable medical equipment, diabetic supplies and bookkeeping office.
Expansion continued in October 2004 when our sizable long term care business moved to its own building in the Haskell Business Complex on Meador Avenue. Plans are under way to add even more space to this facility. This move allowed our retail store to expand to include a sterile room for compounding injectable medications. At this time, an automated prescription-filling machine was installed to facilitate filling a high volume of orders.
Today, Hoagland Pharmacy employs over 70 individuals, including eight pharmacists. The business has grown out of a desire to foster a local and personalized approach to pharmaceutical care. Many of our customers have been with Michael from the beginning. The attention to individual needs and neighborhood appeal keep our customers returning again and again.