Pharmacy merger announced

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California-based Ron's Pharmacy Services has joined Guardian Pharmacy LLC.

The deal expands Guardian's presence to the West Coast. Ron's Pharmacy has served more than 12,000 residents in assisted living and skilled nursing communities in southern California, and Ron and Janna Belville will continue to own and operate the pharmacy.

Industry veteran Bob Smith will become an ownership partner in the pharmacy and serve as chief operating officer.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Ron, Janna, Bob and the rest of the team as we expand to the West Coast,” said Fred Burke, CEO of Guardian. “The long-standing reputation of the pharmacy and focus on quality service mirrors our core business beliefs and makes for a strong partnership.”

Harbor Healthcare Consultants was the advisor to Ron's Pharmacy. Guardian is now in 17 states serving 75,000 residents.