Retail Pharmacy Network Division

Community pharmacists are responsible for a variety of patient-centered activities including but not limited to dispensing prescription and non-prescription medications, educating and counseling patients, screening for and providing vaccinations, identifying and addressing potential drug interactions, and optimizing patient care. Community pharmacists must work within legal and ethical guidelines set by many different regulatory agencies, including the State Board of Pharmacy, Drug Enforcement Administration, Food and Drug Administration, and third-party payers.

The Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy network currently operates seven pharmacies that offer convenient prescription services to the general public, patients, and employees. Our on-site pharmacies offer our patients a convenient method to address their discharge medication needs after doctors’ appointments, clinic visits, outpatient procedures, and inpatient hospitalizations. Our complimentary bedside medication delivery service by our pharmacy discharge advocates provides patients a more efficient transition during discharge. In addition, this service allows our professional staff to educate patients on the importance of medication adherence and address any questions or concerns that patients may have prior to discharge. Our pharmacies also carry a comprehensive line of specialized medications and devices to meet the needs of our discharge populations and hospital programs.

This past year, the retail pharmacy enhanced its clinical services to support care transitions, adult immunizations, medication adherence, and medication therapy management (MTM). In collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, naloxone was made available without a prescription in all retail pharmacies. In addition, the Dispensary of Hope program, which improves medication access to under-served populations by providing donated medications at no charge, is active at five retail locations. Dispensary of Hope sites include Clara Maass Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center. During 2020, outreach programs transitioned to virtual and telephonic sessions with educational programs including chronic health conditions, adult immunizations, hygiene, and COVID-19 awareness.

The retail pharmacy intends to build upon its robust patient care and clinical service programs in 2021. Initiatives include adding a new pharmacy to the retail pharmacy network, focusing on the implementation of EPIC’s retail platform, increasing immunization awareness, expanding immunizing services, optimizing third-party reconciliation receivable procedures, and improving medication access to under-served populations across the health system with the Dispensary of Hope.

Patient-centered community outreach education and screening programs

  • Friday Friends Senior Group – Millburn, NJ
  • Bethany Senior Center – Newark, NJ
  • Branch Brook Park Seniors - Newark, NJ
  • Cedar Grove Park Community Center - Cedar Grove, NJ
  • Irvington Senior Center - Irvington, NJ
  • Livingston Senior Center – Livingston, NJ
  • NJ Reentry – New Brunswick, NJ
  • Old Guard Senior Citizens of Livingston – Livingston, NJ
  • Roseland Seniors – Roseland, NJ
  • Senior Center of the Chathams – Chatham, NJ
  • Watsessing Park Community Center - Bloomfield, NJ
  • Westfield Senior Housing – Westfield, NJ

English as a second language translated health education programs

  • Monmouth Medical Center Community Specific Medical Program collaboration

  • Second Inning Adult Day Care of North Brunswick – North Brunswick, NJ

Additional services offered by our pharmacy network include

  • Tailored clinical services based on individual facility needs
  • Dispensary of Hope charitable prescription program
  • Bedside medication delivery prior to discharge
  • Prescription delivery to your home (some restrictions may apply)
  • Adult Immunizations (where available)
  • Popular generic prescription plans offered ($4 for 30 days, $10 for 90 days on select generic medications)
  • Individualized medication consultation available on every prescription
  • Computerized year-end tax records and insurance receipts
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medications available with a 20% discount to all employees
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) cards accepted
  • Charity Care Prescription Programs
  • Contracted pharmacy to our 340B hospitals
  • All major insurance plans accepted: NJ Medicaid, CVS/Caremark, Horizon BC/BS of NJ, Express Scripts, Horizon NJ Health, Optum Rx, and Medicare Part D Plans

Retail Pharmacy Network Leadership

Robert Pellechio

Robert Pellechio, RPh, MPA
Corporate Vice President of Integrated Services

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Joe Voelkel, RPh
Assistant Vice President, Retail Pharmacy Network

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Shawn Lynch, RPh
Pharmacist Senior Manager, Retail Pharmacy Network

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Monika Stachura, CPhT
Pharmacy Coordinator, Retail Pharmacy Network

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Lucio Volino, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist Retail Network and Clinical Associate Professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University

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Maryan Andrawis, PharmD
Pharmacist in Charge, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Retail Pharmacy

Christopher Cilderman, PharmD
Pharmacist in Charge, Clara Maass Medical Center Retail Pharmacy

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Cathy King, PharmD
Pharmacist in Charge, Saint Barnabas Medical Center Retail Pharmacy

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Cynthia Laracuente, PharmD
Pharmacist in Charge, Monmouth Medical Center Retail Pharmacy

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Kanakis Markakis, RPh, FACA
Pharmacist in Charge, Jersey City Medical Center Retail Pharmacy

Maileen Simbulan, RPh
Pharmacist in Charge, Retail Pharmacy at Greenville

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Mabel Vidal, RPh
Pharmacist in Charge, Ambulatory Care Center Retail Pharmacy