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Pharmacist Frank Southall attends national conference

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Frank Southall, owner of Southall Pharmacy in Lebanon, recently joined more than 200 pharmacists from 15 states at the 34th annual meeting of the American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI)
The conference, held in Nashville in March, is considered an industry leader and is designed to equip independent pharmacists with the professional education and tools they need to better serve their patients.
“Independent locally-owned pharmacies are vital to our communities, and we are proud that patient-focused pharmacists like Frank Southall are part of APCI,” said Tim Hamrick, CEO of the cooperative. “We are convinced that local pharmacists serve patients best, like no big-box chain can. APCI offers the necessary training, tools, products and supportive services to equip community-based pharmacists to take the best possible care of those who depend on them.”
A graduate of Marion County High School, Southall earned his pharmacy degree at the University of Kentucky’s School of Pharmacy and has been a pharmacist for 34 years. He is a second-generation pharmacist and started as a delivery boy when he was 12 years old.
Community is important to Southall, who serves as board chair for the Marion County Health Department and is a former Marion County Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year. Southall has past service on youth baseball and basketball boards and is a former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 1264. He and his wife, Janet, have three children.
“Our roots run deep here, so we are invested in the lives of our patients,” Southall said. “Making sure they get the quality care they deserve is important to us so we offer a variety of services to meet their pharmacy and medical needs. Our patients know us and know that they can trust us. That’s something we will never take for granted.” 
Founded in 1984, APCI is the market leader in independent pharmacy associations and serves more than 1,600 members in 23 states. The 2019 annual meeting, held at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, offered continuing education courses for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, as well as training on technology advancements, operations trends and pharmacy techniques.