Donovan Smith's Legacy as a Rural Pharmacist
Donovan Smith graduated from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy in 1995, and currently works as the Director of Pharmacy at the Wayne County Community Health Center (WCHC). The WCHC is a 340B federal initiative contract pharmacy, meaning the center is able to supply covered entities with prescriptions at a reduced price. Health centers who participate in the 340B program are able to provide low-income patients with more comprehensive services, while removing the cost barrier of health care.
Smith spent his upbringing in the small town of Monroe, Utah, which ultimately led to his decision in becoming a rural pharmacist. As someone who grew up in a close-knit community, it sounded appealing for Smith to give back to his neighborhood and work somewhere that felt like home. After completing many rotations and jobs in various pharmacy practices, Smith remained drawn to the close patient contact and community health focus that a smaller setting allowed for. Smith enjoys the ability to act as a health care professional practicing a broader range of services, rather than solely participating in a more traditional pharmacy role. The rural setting also allows for close and trusting relationships with patients, as they are Smith’s neighbors and friends. Smith believes that “pharmacists really are at the front-line of medicine”.