December 20th, 2001

Charman Cole, R.Ph., C.G.P., a pharmacist at Heritage Partners Pharmacy, has earned the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist designation from the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy. As of September 2001, there were only 20 certified geriatric pharmacists in Iowa and 35 in Illinois, where Cole is registered. She lives in Lomax, Ill.

Cole has completed additional training and education in age-specific medication issues of the elderly. This includes extensive knowledge of medications used primarily by elderly patients and special dosing requirements.

Heritage Partners Pharmacy is part of Great River Health Systems. The pharmacy provides medications and services to area nursing homes. Cole joined the health-care team in January 2001.