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SingleCare presents 4th annual Best of the Best Pharmacy Awards

Nho Nguyen from Houston was named the Nation’s Top Pharmacist and Harris Teeter in High Point, N.C., was selected as Top Pharmacy Team.

SingleCare, a free prescription savings service, announced the recipients of its fourth annual Best of the Best Pharmacy Awards. 

To determine winners, SingleCare’s editorial board evaluated thousands of customer nominations. In total, 25 winners were named, including 10 pharmacists, nine pharmacy technicians, one pharmacy intern and five pharmacy teams. A common thread among winner stories is they consistently provide their patients with exceptional service and the highest quality of care at the pharmacy counter.

The award for the nation’s top pharmacist went to Nho Nguyen, who works in the Kroger pharmacy at 14344 Memorial Dr. in Houston. A pillar of his local community, Nguyen goes out of his way to build relationships and trust with his customers while supporting their healthcare needs. As a testament to his exceptional service, Nguyen has customers who, for the past 20 years, have driven across the city just to get their flu shot from him each fall. Another patient would even drive five hours roundtrip from Austin each month to get prescriptions filled from him.

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“Dr. Nho Nguyen is kind, friendly and very knowledgeable,” said one of his patients. “He is the best pharmacist. I won't get my prescriptions anywhere else.” Nguyen does whatever it takes in order to keep his community healthy and safe. He and his team even went the extra mile during Hurricane Harvey by opening their pharmacy despite flooding conditions to ensure patients wouldn’t lose access to their medications.

“SingleCare is proud to recognize these outstanding pharmacists and technicians who go out of their way to ensure their local communities stay healthy,” said Rick Bates, founder and CEO of RxSense, the parent company of SingleCare. “These awards highlight the selfless and tireless work that pharmacy staff do on a daily basis to keep people in their communities healthy. It’s our privilege to honor these healthcare heroes who continue to demonstrate excellence in care and a resolute commitment to providing outstanding service.”

2022 Best of the Best Pharmacists:

  • Best Pharmacist: Nho Nguyen of Kroger in Houston;
  • COVID Cares Pharmacist: Jennifer Doran of Wegmans in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.;
  • Above & Beyond Award: Johnny Nobles III of Walmart Neighborhood Market in Montgomery, Ala.;
  • Best Pharmacist for Savings: Vicki O’Connor of Osco Pharmacy in Huntley, Ill.;
  • Best Pharmacist Influencer: Sue Ojageer of Walgreens in McKinney, Texas;
  • Best Pharmacist for Service – Timothy Orcutt of Harris Teeter in Fuquay-Varina, N.C.;
  • Best Pharmacist for Education: Michael Anthony Ortega Jr. of King Soopers in Greeley, Colo.;
  • Best Pharmacy Mentor: Digvijay Raol of Walgreens in La Grange Highlands, Ill.;
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Jacqueline Tanzer of Walgreens in Wilmington, Del.; and
  • Top Community Leader: Tsehaye Zemenfes of Alamo Navajo Health Center in Alamo, N.M.

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2022 Best of the Best Pharmacy Technicians and Interns:

  • Best Pharmacy Technician: Delaney Santon of Safeway in Washougal, Wash.;
  • Best Pharmacy Intern: Jake Boan of Walmart in Clinton, Mo.;
  • Best Technician for Education: T'Rheya Eberhardt of Walmar in Atlanta;
  • COVID Cares Technician: Zachery Holderman of Meijer in Sturgis, Mich.;
  • Most Empathetic Technician: Ann Marie Johnston of CVS Pharmacy in Oklahoma City, Okla.;
  • Best Patient Advocate: John Jordan of CVS Pharmacy in Camarillo, Calif.;
  • Customer Care Award: Nicholas Leeper of H-E-B in San Antonio;
  • Best Technician for Service: Nikki Smith of Walmart in Fayetteville, Ark.;
  • Rising Star Award: Haylee Truelove of Walgreens in Valdosta, Ga.; and
  • Most Dedicated Technician: Ingrid Zelenyanszky of Walgreens in North Conway, N.H.

2022 Best of the Best Pharmacy Teams:

  • Best Pharmacy Team: Harris Teeter #341 in High Point, N.C.'
  • Best Pharmacy for Service: Weis #129 in Damascus, Md.;
  • Most Community-Focused Team: CVS #556 in Gales Ferry, Conn.;
  • Best Pharmacy for Education: Safeway #1129 in Dunkirk, Md.; and
  • Best Independent Pharmacy: Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio in Columbus, Ohio
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