HAHIRA — Being a business person isn’t in every case simple and everybody does it somewhat better. Some open online stores, while others open physical customer facing facades.

Some bet everything and put their lives into another endeavor, while others begin another business as something to do as an afterthought. Notwithstanding the sort, business visionaries help drive the nearby economy.

Patrick Chancy, recently printed drug specialist for Chancy Drugs, was brought up in Hahira, yet as of late moved on from the University of Georgia with a doctorate of drug store.

He is the child of Hugh Chancy, leader of Chancy Drugs.

Since graduating, Chancy has finished his PGY1 people group based residency with the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy. Through that program, Patrick worked with a nearby drug store outside of Charlotte, N.C.

“That was a year-long program,” he said. “I finished that up a little over a month ago, and I have come back. This is actually day two of the job.”

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Growing up, Patrick was the son of two pharmacists, and his father was a second-generation pharmacist. He said he didn’t feel any pressure from his parents about becoming a pharmacist.

“I was never pushed that direction by my family; I was able to choose that direction on my own,” he said.

Patrick didn’t make the decision until he went to school.

“While I was at Georgia, I was able to see it from a distance and say this is the profession I want to pursue,” he said.

He explored a few different career options but knew he wanted to be in the health-care industry.

His mother helped him make the decision while he was home on a college break.

“I was with my Mom — I was home on a Christmas break — and she took a pound cake to a patient that wasn’t going to have family around for the holidays.”

Patrick realized this was how his mother interacted with the community beyond her work.

“I realized that was the moment I wanted to be a pharmacist and have that kind of impact in the community that I grew up in,” he said. “I think there is a lot of opportunity for community pharmacists to have an impact, and that is what drew me back into the community and not a hospital. Help people in their day-to-day life.”

Patrick’s big goal is making the Chancy name synonymous with healthy living.

“I want us to not only help our patients when they are sick but increase our patients’ quality of life while they are healthy. Because of our position in the community, I think we are in a good spot to do that. We want to be more than a place you go to pick up a prescription. I want it to be a place where people come to learn how to live a healthy life. In a way, we are doing that now, but I want to be a set of hands that help make that vision a reality.”

Currently, Patrick is a pharmacist who is learning how the company works, but he and his father haven’t discussed anything beyond his work as a pharmacist at the company.

“That’s way on down the line,” Patrick said about taking on more responsibility at the company. “This opportunity now is more so about me learning how the business functions.

“When (my father) came in, we owned one pharmacy. Now, 30 years later, the company has grown. I want to sit back and learn and learn my place in the company, and how I can help it to grow even more.”

Hugh Chancy said it is a wonderful opportunity for his son to continue the family tradition.

“It’s very fulfilling for me for him to want to come back and be a part of what his grandmother and grandfather started over 50 years ago,” Hugh said. “His mom and I are both pharmacists, and we both work in the business as well, so we have both been excited to have him as a part of the business as well.”

Chancy Drugs owns stores in Valdosta, Hahira, Lake Park, Adel and Moultrie. For more information, call (229) 794-2750.

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