Wedgewood Pharmacy, the largest animal-health compounding pharmacy in the U.S., received the 2017 annual Award for Excellence from the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA). The award was given in the Outstanding Employer Category to recognize the company’s creative and forward-looking approach to managing its workforce. In 2015, Wedgewood Pharmacy received NJBIA’s Award for Exceptional Business Growth.
The Wedgewood Pharmacy entry focused on the company’s employee-engagement initiatives, which produced double-digit improvements in virtually all measurements of employee engagement at the company during 2016. Among other programs, the company initiated a $3,000 per person tuition-reimbursement program in 2017, and paid $47,000 in recognition awards last year to employees who emulated one of the company’s core values.
Wedgewood Pharmacy makes customized medications for people and their pets when FDA-manufactured drugs cannot meet their needs. Compounded medications are prescriptions and medication orders that are written by physicians, veterinarians and other legally authorized prescribers and prepared by specially trained pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
Gregg Siefert, vice president for Human Resources, said, “We’re a vital component of animal healthcare. Compassion for our customers and their pets is as important as providing exceptional service and quality medicines. When people understand the importance of their work and feel rewarded and appreciated for serving our customers, they are better able to deliver on our promise of caring.”
Each year, the NJBIA honors a select group of employers from among its 20,000 members for their outstanding achievements in four categories: Business Success, for exceptional business growth; Environmental Quality, for protection of the environment; Outstanding Employer, for outstanding workforce management practices; and Community Service, for dedicated community service.
All NJBIA members are eligible to be nominated for this annual award. The winners are selected by an independent panel of judges who volunteer their time to select the winners.