In 1983, pharmacists Byron Yoshino and Rick Sakurada established Pharmacare Hawaii after recognizing the need for at-home IV antibiotic and total parenteral nutrition therapies provided by a local company with local values.
By combining a diverse range of therapies with highly personalized customer care, we have been able to facilitate treatment for a number of conditions enabling greater independence for patients and peace of mind for their families.
As the first company in the state to offer such high-tech therapies outside a hospital setting, we have built a strong reputation among patients, hospital administrators, long-term care professionals, and insurers for the quality of our services.
Today, we're a diversified pharmacy company featuring community pharmacies, a home infusion pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy, a nutrition support division, as well as a nursing and long-term care pharmacy. Even though we've grown, we've never lost sight of our local roots.
Pharmacare is still locally owned and managed by an administrative team based in Honolulu. We understand the local culture and know what it means to be a part of the community. For our patients, this connection allows our staff to react quickly and efficiently.
Our staff includes a team of 20 pharmacists as well as registered nurses, certified dietitians, enrollment specialists and delivery personnel — approximately 150 in all. This total care team maintains close communication with every patient and his or her physician to ensure the best possible care for every individual.
In addition to customer care, we offer solutions for hospitals and medical research companies while working closely with insurance providers.
Central to our relationship with both insurers and patients are policies and procedures that foster trust. In order to keep our business in line with healthcare regulations, we've built a relationship with The Compliance Team. This empowered and independent organization ensures we're operating in accordance with the strictest rules in healthcare.
Every year, The Compliance Team conducts a survey of our physical plant, policies and procedures to assure that we are conducting ourselves properly in all regards.
Since signing up with this organization, we've earned the rank "Exemplary Provider" every year — the highest status of its kind. We're very proud to have achieved this rating, and continue to strengthen the policies and processes we need to give our patients the very best.
As a result, we have been recognized as one of Hawaii's Top 250 companies every year since 2009.
At Pharmacare Hawaii, our mission is to provide healthcare that improves the quality of life for all our patients with services of unique and exceptional value for each customer and to perpetuate the Aloha Spirit with every endeavor.
Mr. Yoshino's family has been involved in providing pharmacy services to the people of Hawaii since 1927. For over 30 years, he has been instrumental in the start-up and administration of a number of local pharmacies.
In 1980, he opened his first retail pharmacy Aiea, Hawaii. He later started the pharmacy division of Times Supermarkets before founding Pharmacare Hawaii with Richard Sakurada in 1983.
Today, he directs all Pharmacare business activities including short-term and long-term planning and production. He is also responsible for the administration, finance and growth of the company.
Mr. Yoshino received his Pharm D degree in 1978 from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. In 1993, he earned his Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii's Executive Business Program.
Mr. Sakurada came to Hawaii from Nebraska in 1972 following graduation from pharmacy school. He began his career as a retail staff pharmacist in Aiea, Hawaii, and later partnered with Byron Yoshino to found Pharmacare Hawaii in 1983.
As Pharmacare's Oahu office began to grow, Mr. Sakurada played an instrumental role in establishing our first branch office in Hilo, Hawaii.
In his early days as a clinical pharmacist and Director of Clinical Services, he pioneered the process by which sophisticated 3-in-1 TPN and Patient Controlled Analgesic (PCA) could be delivered to home patients. By developing clinical staff using an interdisciplinary approach to quality patient care, Mr. Sakurada built the foundation to meet high standards of performance.
Today, Mr. Sakurada serves as the company's compliance officer. He is also involved in special projects, serves on the Board of Directors, and is actively involved in the sales and marketing efforts of the company.
Mr. Sakurada earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Nebraska School of Pharmacy in 1972.
Our Mission: We provide healthcare that improves the quality of life for all our patients with services of unique and exceptional value for each customer.
Our Vision: We are the preferred provider of innovative and diversified healthcare services. Quality and value drive our reputation and future.