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11/21/2022

Get to know Fruth Pharmacy’s new CFO, Dana Richardson

Fruth Pharmacy named Richardson its new chief financial officer in September.
Hannah Esper
Managing Editor
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In September, Fruth Pharmacy, a family-owned company with 29 locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, named a new CFO: Dana Richardson

As the regional pharmacy chain’s controller for the past four years, Richardson has worked to manage and streamline the workflow in the accounting department, as well as play an integral part in its new Magstar computer system. Richardson’s added responsibilities as a senior member of the executive team will include finance, accounting, financial business developments and relationships, debt management and internal controls.

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Dana Richardson

Hailing from Mason County, W.V., Richardson brings to the new role 27 years of accounting experience and 18 years of management experience. Drug Store News talked to her about what’s to come as she takes on the role.

Drug Store News: What excites you about joining Fruth’s executive team?

Dana Richardson: As a member of the executive team, I can be more directly involved in important discussions and business decisions. The executive team here at Fruth has incredible knowledge of the industry, and it is a well-rounded team. We all contribute with our own perspectives. All our opinions are heard, discussed and considered. With that, you can’t help but to be excited. 

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DSN: As an accountant, why did you decide to utilize your skill set in health care?

DR: While in school, my goal was to start my career at one of the Big 6 (there were six at the time) Public Accounting Firms. At that time, I did not have health care on my radar or any other industry. It was later during my time at the public accounting firm that I started focusing on clients in the healthcare industry. I later left public accounting and went to work at one of my clients. I spent 20 years of my career in the accounting and finance departments of hospitals, and as years progressed, my knowledge in the healthcare [field] grew tremendously. When joining the Fruth team five years ago, I was able to bring my healthcare knowledge with me. I do know, however, that the healthcare industry is very dynamic and changes all the time; you must continue to evolve with the changes and continue to broaden your knowledge in this industry.

DSN: What do you enjoy about working for a regional pharmacy and Fruth Pharmacy specifically?

DR: There are many advantages working for a regional pharmacy. One of the reasons is the size. You develop relationships with all pharmacists and management. You understand and come to know the uniqueness and similarities of each location.  

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Fruth Pharmacy’s tag line is “Your Hometown, Family Pharmacy.” That tag line is truly what we are. We are your hometown pharmacy to serve your healthcare needs and we will treat you like family. Fruth cares about their customers and that is important to me.     

DSN: What is your favorite fall/winter activity to do in Mason County?

DR: This December, I will be participating in the Wreaths Across America Ceremony that will be held at a cemetery here in Mason County. I’m looking forward to remembering and honoring our veterans.

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