Meet our Mary’s Center Pharmacy Manager

Did you know that 25-30% of new prescriptions never get filled? Not surprisingly, this results in poor outcomes for patients.

Mary’s Center Pharmacy – recently opened at our site in Petworth (3912 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20011) – offers our participants an easy, convenient and affordable way to get prescriptions filled before they leave the clinic, and improves the opportunity for medication compliance and better health.

The pharmacy is managed by Maria Thompson, who sat down with the Communications team to tell us more about herself and answer some questions about the pharmacy.

Please tell us more about yourself and your background as a pharmacist.

I am a native of Bolivia and I immigrated to the US when I finished high school. After becoming a lab technician, I received my Associates Degree in Science from Northern Virginia Community College and my Doctors in Pharmacy from the Howard University College of Pharmacy.  I completed an internship in Oncology, Drug Information and General Medicine at Howard University, and another one in general pharmacy at CVS and Kaiser Permanente.  I also have certifications in HIV and immunizations, and a National Certificate in Intravenous (IV) Pharmacy.

In my 16 years as a pharmacist, I have worked in various pharmacy settings, including clinics, hospital and retail settings.  Most recently I worked at the Whitman Walker Pharmacy.  My husband and I have two grown children.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a profession?

I consider the health professions to be among the most important in our society.  As a pharmacist I can minister to people's most basic needs for good health.  Also, my infant son was once prescribed a medication which he was allergic to and he became ill, which motivated me to consider how I could work to ensure preventable errors like that do not occur.  More than any other factor, this inspired me to pursue a career in pharmacy.

Why are you excited about the Mary's Center Pharmacy?

I am thrilled to be part of the effort to create a new pharmacy for a health center that provides such important help to the underprivileged clients of this community.  I will work very hard to make sure that the pharmacy gets off to a good start and develops procedures that will serve participants well far into the future.

What are some of the benefits of the in-house pharmacy?

There are quite a few benefits:

1. The pharmacy serves participants from all Mary’s Center locations, and offers the option of free home delivery. For certain medications, we might even be able to do same-day delivery, if the prescription is received early enough.

2. Another benefit is that our friendly and helpful pharmacy staff will become part of your medical team to ensure you are getting the best care. We work directly with healthcare providers to coordinate prescription insurance issues, such as prior authorization, to prevent any delays in starting medications.

3. Best of all, Mary’s Center Pharmacy offers more affordable medications. We accept most insurance plans, but for participants who don’t have insurance we have competitive pricing and discounts through access to not-for-profit programs that can help cash-paying patients save money on their prescriptions.

Do you have a final message for Mary’s Center participants?

My team and I really look forward to keeping you and your family healthy,and helping you get the maximum benefit from Mary’s Center Pharmacy services.

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Frequently Asked Questions about our pharmacy: In English - En Español

To make your appointment with our medical, dental or behavioral health providers, please call 1-844-796-2797 (available 24/7) or request an appointment online.


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