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10 Fastest Growing Retail Companies 2018

You can trust us to be Yours: Guardian Pharmacy Services

thesiliconreview-fred-burke-ceo-guardian-pharmacy-services-18“We take our responsibility to our customers and their residents very seriously, and always strive to make sure that every prescription we fill and every service we execute receives our utmost care and attention.”

Guardian Pharmacy Services, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is the nation’s third-largest institutional pharmacy company and one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the state of Georgia.

Founded in 2004, Guardian and its partner pharmacies focus on providing exceptional client service and patient care to long-term care customers in assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, hospice and behavioral health group homes. Guardian Pharmacy Services' business model allows partner pharmacies to operate as independent local businesses tailoring their services to the needs of customers in their respective markets.

Guardian is 100% committed to fostering a sustainable business driven by our core values, conducting business according to the Golden Rule; treating each other, our customers and residents fairly and honestly.

Guardian Pharmacy Services: Everyone Needs a Guardian

Guardian Pharmacy Services has developed a unique presence in the world of institutional pharmacy care. We combine locally autonomous business operations with centralized national support to create a business structure that enables quick decision-making and an unwavering focus on resident care. Our management team has a significant track record in high-growth, specialty pharmacies. This core group, unified in purpose and principle, combines extensive experience, expertise, and panoramic insight, securing Guardian Pharmacy Services’ leadership role among institutional and long-term care pharmacies.

Our pharmacy professionals deliver an unmatched response, service, care, and quality medications to the residents of our long-term care facility customers. We empower our local Partner Pharmacy teams to operate as independent, autonomous businesses, focused on nurturing successful relationships and implementing creative solutions for their customers. This approach, coupled with a centralized support service team, allows services to be tailored to the specific needs of customers and their residents.

Importantly, Guardian Pharmacy Services is 100% committed to fostering a sustainable business, driven by our core values. We treat our customers, their residents, and our partners fairly and honestly, with the utmost respect, through every interaction. Our values inspire us and guide how we do business, as individuals and as a company. They facilitate our ability to fulfill the needs and expectations of our customers and our Partner Pharmacies.

Guardian Pharmacy Services partners with long-term care communities to create customized pharmacy solutions that ensure improved clinical outcomes, more accurate and efficient billing, and better served staff and residents.

This unique approach to business works – More and more communities are turning to Guardian for their pharmacy needs. We’re proud to say we’re one of the fastest-growing long-term care pharmacy provider in the U.S.

Partnering With a Guardian Pharmacy Makes Sense

By combining a locally autonomous business approach with partners who are owner/operators and a national service center for complex business activities such as human capital management, revenue cycle management, and financial reporting, Guardian Pharmacy Services enables our partner pharmacies to emphasize decision-making at the local level to better serve communities and their residents.

Empowering our partner pharmacies to focus on building strong, productive relationships is critical to our success and yours. Focusing on our customers and their residents underpin everything we do. We’ve found a better way to provide the services our pharmacies and their customers need.


“Our experience with Winyah Pharmacy has been fabulous. During survey time and through their educational in-services and medication cart and nurse audits, Winyah assists us in a timely manner and with a personal touch. They are always just a phone call away. I would highly recommend Winyah for any and all of your pharmacy needs.” 

- August Callahan (Assistant Director of Nursing — Westminster Health and Rehab in Rock Hill, SC)

“I can’t say enough about the great customer service we receive from Winyah Pharmacy. We recently partnered with them and converted from paper MARs to QuickMar with their assistance. Through their initial training and their on-going support, Winyah made this shift seamless, and the system has worked wonderfully. From their fantastic rapport with our physicians and staff to the valuable education they provide our nurses, Winyah has become an integral part of our team that we would not want to be without.”

- Tamara Biddix (RN, Director of Nursing — Covenant Towers)

“Throughout my 37 years in this industry, I’ve never dealt with a company that knows customer service like Guardian Pharmacy of Minnesota. When we transitioned to Guardian, our entire nursing staff immediately jumped on board after experiencing the added-level of patient safety from the pharmacy’s integrated services. By partnering with Mark and his team, we know that we are doing the best for our patients and residents.” 

- Ann Leonard (Director of Nursing — Essentia Health/Oak Crossing Nursing Home

Say Hello to the Chief

Fred Burke, President, and CEO: President, CEO, and Co-founder, Central Pharmacy Services, Inc. (“CPSI”), Atlanta, Georgia, owned and operated nuclear pharmacies (specialized medical laboratories that centrally prepare radiopharmaceuticals), serving over 1,000 hospitals and clinics in 22 states. Founded in 1992, CPSI grew from start-up to 45 business units, with Operating Profit of $25MM in CY02. CPSI was named to the 1997 and 1999 Inc. 500 lists of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. and was acquired in 2001 by Cardinal Health, the nation’s largest drug wholesaler, and healthcare services firm.

President and Co-founder of Sales Technologies, Inc. (“ST”) pioneered the Sales Force Automation market by providing networked applications software for large field sales forces on the then-emerging technology of portable computers. ST grew from a start-up in 1983 to over 600 employees worldwide in 1991, including multiple offices in North America and Europe serving a blue-chip roster of Fortune 100 clients. Prior to its acquisition by The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, ST was listed as number 30 on the 1988 Inc. 500 list.

“Our “local-autonomy” business model combines the personal touch of a locally-owned pharmacy with the resources of a large provider.”