Gouverneur, NY – Kinney Drugs, a 100% employee-owned leading pharmacy chain in New York and Vermont, announces the opening of this year’s voting period for the company’s annual Favorite Pharmacist & Employee Contest. The contest winners are announced each October to celebrate American Pharmacist Month and ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Month.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Who’s Your Hero?” to acknowledge the important role of frontline healthcare workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of COVID, the contest will be held virtually for the first time, via an online voting form. Throughout September, Kinney pharmacy patients and customers are invited to vote for their favorite Pharmacist and/or employee at www.kinneydrugs.com. Each person who votes will be entered to win one of three (3) $500 Kinney Drugs shopping sprees. In late October, the two individuals who receive the most votes among all 96 Kinney Drugs stores will be named this year’s Favorite Pharmacist and Favorite Employee. They will each be surprised with a visit and presented with a special plaque from the company’s CEO and divisional President. In addition, each winner will designate a local charity to receive a $1,000 donation in their honor from Kinney Drugs.

About Kinney Drugs: 

Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 96 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, which is a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of five divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of nearly 100 full-service drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont; (2) HealthDirect Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications for complex and chronic diseases; and (5) KinnectTM, an on-site clinical care pharmacy. KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned company with approximately 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit.