Stepping up: Pharmacy Data Management Inc., Sheetz

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Business Journal is asking companies and organizations to tell us how they are faring and what they are doing to help others through this pandemic crisis.

We call this series “Stepping Up.” Segments will continue to be posted during the crisis.

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PDMI Moves Home with ‘Robust Technological Infrastructure’

POLAND, Ohio – Pharmacy Data Management Inc. is serving its diverse customer base during the COVID-19 pandemic, says CEO Doug Wittenauer, by helping people continue to receive products and services they desperately need, while continuing to offer employment and benefits “for our own team.”

PDMI offers pharmacy benefit, claims adjudication, and technology solution support for pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management companies, and long-term care and hospice facilities. The company, established in 1984, also specializes in managing the government-based 340B Drug Pricing Program for companies that utilize it.

The PDMI workforce, including its call center, has been observing social distancing and other pandemic heath and safety practices for weeks, Wittenauer says. “Roughly “98% of us have been working from home since the week of March 18 without incident or any interruption of client services.”

Wittenauer credits a “robust technological infrastructure” for making this transition possible. It was part of the roadmap enacted through the company’s pandemic response team’s action plan to provide for staff, client, and community safety while continuing essential services.

Chief operating officer Tom Faloon says the company is “proactive in reaching out to team with daily updates and our clients with frequent and current answers to their top production questions related to this crisis.” PDMI has also implemented a temporary $60 cell phone reimbursement policy for its staff, and has delivered and installed office equipment to all team members working from home.

Sheetz Expands Free Meal Program to All 600 Stores

ALTOONA, Pa. —Sheetz is expanding its Kidz Meal Bagz program that provides free food to help children and families in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All 600 Sheetz locations are now giving away Meal Bagz all day long. The bags include a turkey sandwich, chips and a drink.

Families interested in taking advantage of the free Kidz Meal Bagz program can go to any Sheetz location and ask an employee for a meal at the register or through the drive-thru. Meals will be available daily while supplies last. An adult does not need to be present to obtain a meal.

“Our mission with the Kidz Meal Bagz program is to help as many people as possible and those who are most in need,” says Travis Sheetz, president and chief operating officer of Sheetz, Inc.

“The response from the launch of this program has been huge,” he adds. “With this expansion, we will be giving away roughly 80,000 meals per week across the communities we serve.” 

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