A temporary facility began operating Tuesday next to the mobile medical unit that recently replaced Haskett Memorial Clinic.
Ken Glover, who has owned the pharmacy for nearly 13 years, said he hopes seeing their friendly neighborhood pharmacist and chatting with neighbors at the check-out counter will help Cordova residents as they recover from last month’s deadly tornado outbreak.
“It’s still a stretch, but we are beginning to see some sense of normalcy come back to that community,” Glover said.
The pharmacy will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The storefront on Main Street that housed Cordova Drug received extensive damage when two tornadoes passed through the city on April 27.
Pharmacist Eric Short said staff members were able to retrieve many important items, including patient records, after the first storm.
“We were able to get the computer system, some labels, the narcotics and at least two years of patient records,” Short said.
The second tornado tore the roof off the building, which was built in 1897.
By the next day, some Cordova residents were desperate to get their medications.
Many roads in and out of the city were blocked, and Glover’s three other pharmacies were without power.
Ken Glover Drug in Dora was rewired to run off of a generator and opened for business Friday morning, two days after the tornadoes struck.
Glover said one of his first phone calls was from Cordova High School Principal Kathy Vintson, who informed him that many of those coming to the high school for aid had prescriptions that needed to be refilled or replaced.
Short, several nurses and some medical volunteers set up a drop-off station for the pharmacy at the school.
Getting the prescriptions to Glover in Dora, however, required some ingenuity.
“He (Short) sent us pictures of the prescriptions through his phone so we could speed up the process. Then a pharmacist dropped off the medications later and counseled patients there like we would in our normal setting,” Glover said.
After the pharmacy closed each night, Glover came to Cordova to assist those who had been affected by the storms.
One night, rescue workers took him to the home of a diabetic resident who had run out of insulin and could not get to the relief center because trees blocked her driveway.
Three weeks later, Glover is still committed to helping the people of Cordova.
He has developed a new program called Respond/Rebuild/Revive. Proceeds from the sale of T-shirts and armbands associated with the program will benefit the Cordova community.
Glover has also pledged to rebuild a pharmacy in Cordova as soon as possible and hopes other business owners will join him.
“Once they say the first nail can be hammered, we’re going to start,” Glover said.
Mark Bozeman, owner of Piggly Wiggly, also announced this week that he intends to reestablish a grocery store in Cordova.