The 2 most important things to remember when selecting a diet to follow is whether or not it fits your lifestyle and if you like it enough to be able to maintain it. Once you get on the right track with what you should be eating, there will be nothing standing in the way of you reaching your goals! Not to mention, diets can help one’s mental health and well-being! To help you figure out which course of action is right for you, here are 4 of the best diets to lose weight.Read More
Voted Best Pharmacist: Matthew Crawford | Voted Best Community Pharmacy | Voted Best Compounding Pharmacy
Building a Legacy: Growing up, the family business was something I knew I wanted to be part of. I’d watch my father, Mac Wilhoit, go above and beyond for the business, his patients, and the community he had grown to know so well through his work. It was part of our lives, and I knew that at some point I’d want to be involved. I knew that what my father built the pharmacy on was much bigger than medication. For years, I watched him and my brother, Mike, grow the business into what it is today. Mike, now CEO of Mac’s Hometown Pharmacies, has expanded into 10 locations, servicing Knox, Anderson, and Blount counties. I’ve been fortunate to have been part of that growth for the last decade, as well, today as Director of Business Development for Mac’s LTC Pharmacy. Walking alongside me has been my husband, Matthew, who placed first for Pharmacist in Cityview’s 2022 Best of the Best. Matt and I met in high school, and he pegs my father, Mac—who placed second in this year’s Pharmacist category— as the reason he became a pharmacist in the first place. “Mac showed me an article about how being a pharmacist was a great career path. He asked if I wanted to come work for him for a summer to see what I thought,” he recalls. “It was the best decision I could have made.” Matt quickly fell in love with the patients and interactions, and over the course of the next decade plus, he stepped foot into every position there from clerk and delivery driver to technician and pharmacist. Matt is now owner of two Mac’s Pharmacy locations.
It is about so much more than medication at Mac’s Hometown Pharmacies. Relationships are at the core of our business. Matt recently put it best: “Community pharmacies are the front line of healthcare. We’re the most accessible form, seeing our patients three to four times as often as primary care physicians might. “We get in depth into issues the patients are having, their medications, disease states, and more. We develop these relationships and rapport that have given us opportunities to take care of them. This is only possible because of how we’ve set up our brick-and-mortar based style of care.”
At Mac’s, we make an investment in our community. I have watched as patients hug Matt in tears because they know they can count on him, on us. “We want to give that old time hometown pharmacy vibe,” he says. “We want to be more than where you pick up your prescriptions.” At Mac’s, we strive to always offer services to our community to better the health outcomes of our patients. We have free medication management packaging (MacPacks) to help with medication compliance, free kids vitamins, community education, and so much more. We even offer free delivery to Knox, Anderson, and Blount counties, which has been an enormous help to so many of our patients who find it difficult to leave their homes. We built this program to make it easier for our neighbors.
A New Space
In June, we opened our newest brick-and-mortar location in West Knoxville. We’d been circling this community for years, waiting for the right time—and location—to present itself. Eventually it did, and it’s been a joy to watch this location grow over the last six months, especially for Matt who grew up in this neighborhood. “This is our community,” he says. “Mac’s Hometown Pharmacies’ family of locations is simply an extension of how we take care of it.” We look forward to serving you in the future at one of our locations and helping you in your wellness journey.
VOTED #1 (Gold): Community Pharmacy, Compounding Pharmacy, Matthew Crawford, PharmD
Diabetes is a condition that affects over 30 million Americans. When uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to severe complications, such as blindness, kidney failure, and heart disease. Certain risk factors (age, genetics, past behaviors) cannot be changed; however, there are some actions you can take now to reduce your risks in an effort to prevent diabetes. Keep reading to learn about 4 factors you can influence for diabetes prevention.
eMAR systems, or electronic medication administration record, is the electronic versions replacing paper records previously used in many healthcare facilities. Both of these medication administration records serve as a legal record of all of the drugs administered to each patient at a community by a healthcare professional. These administrations are then part of the patient’s permanent record on their medical chart. It is essential for the patients’ health that this record is accurate and updated regularly.
Mental health is a key factor in a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Without a positive mentality, you cannot be truly healthy. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can contribute to her or his community. Poor mental health is also linked to various health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, heart disease, and stroke. There are several simple ways to improve your mental health to boost mental health and wellbeing:
No one wants to hear those dreaded words: “You have cancer.” Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer people are likely to develop. There are steps you can take to prepare yourself and learn how to prevent skin cancer. Check out these tips for how to prevent skin cancer to protect your skin:Read More
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting a cold during the summer when you just want to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine! Whether you’re on a beach vacation, a summer break from school, or just relaxing on your porch at home, this is the time of year when you want to be outside and healthy. While there are no guarantees you can avoid a summer cold altogether, there are some things you can do to reduce your chances of getting ill. Here are the top 4 ways to prevent a cold during the summer months:Read More
Whether you have pulled a muscle while doing some heavy lifting or have been dealing with a condition such as arthritis, lower back pain can be difficult to alleviate. Nearly everyone will experience back pain at some point in their life, and it sometimes can be a very serious issue. If you were injured or feel weakness in your legs, you should immediately contact a doctor. However, if you have routine and mild low back pain, here are 4 lower back pain remedies that you can try at home:Read More
You know the feeling — you are enjoying a pleasant walk through the woods or a picnic with your friends, then all of a sudden a bee sting ruins the fun! Fortunately, a bee sting is just a nuisance for most people where you experience temporary pain, itching, redness, and swelling at the sting site. If you have a serious allergic reaction with severe itching, difficulty breathing, nausea, and other severe symptoms, you should seek emergency help immediately. Otherwise, there are several things you can try at home to alleviate bee sting symptoms. Here are the top 5 home remedies for bee stings:Read More
Vegetables are packed with nutrients: vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Just adding a few to your diet can improve your overall health! Here are 12 of the best vegetables to eat daily for a healthy lifestyle:Read More
As the days warm up, you are more likely to want to spend your time in the outdoors. Spring brings colorful flowers, sun shining days, and unfortunately, pollen and similar irritants. If you are an older adult with a chronic ailment, you are more susceptible to allergies in the spring. Fortunately, Mac’s LTC has some tips for allergy season to help you prepare.