Saturday, November 01, 2008

Still in shock

In 2005, when I moved back to Texas, I was hired as part of the start up operations of a long term care pharmacy that serviced 37 nursing homes in Texas. For the first few weeks I literally used my own card table and chair to conduct business. At that time it was just a huge, empty facility and I watched as it built up around me. I helped pick out the furniture, cubicles, equipment, and as the Business Office Manager I also did all the background checks on each new employee as well as new hire orientation. I have been here every step of the way as people have come and gone; shared good times and sad. I know these folks. We are like family.

We filled our first prescriptions in January 2006 and I was there when we worked out all the bugs of the new software and refined our processes. I have written policies and procedures, conducted training, been the Compliance Officer as well as the Billing Manager. We have been very successful and profitable. So profitable I guess that a large corporation made our owners an offer they could not refuse. We have been bought and the pharmacy's doors will be closing.

We are all in shock since they only wanted our customer base and are absorbing our nursing home residents into their existing infrastructure. They need a few pharmacists and technicians locally to handle the growth. Their billing is handled out of another state so they do not need my staff. And, yours truly will be looking for a new job.

I have never been part of a corporate takeover and I think this is the absolute worst time to be seeking new employment with the economy in its current condition. Just a week ago I was counting my blessings that I had a steady job with a decent salary and benefits. Wahhhhh! You just never know.

They have hired a firm to assist us in our job search which I see as a plus and in my position I am going to be needed through the transition to close the books after the doors close. How sad to watch all my friends as they will be phased out in the coming weeks. This will certainly make the holiday season dismal but I am trying to look for the silver lining.

Blogger better not close me down. I need some consistency in my life at this point, right?


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

So sorry to hear about your company being part of a buyout. I hope that the services they are providing are very good and that you land on your feet. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Indigo said...

I had the same thing happen to me when the printing company I worked for was sold. I had been told that the new place would absorb my job and I would be going to them. As it turns out they didn't need another printer, even one with my expertise. That was 5 years ago. I hope your able to find another job quickly and the help they are providing makes the transition easier. Your in my thoughts dear friend. (Hugs)Indigo

Rose said...

So sorry Sweetie! Think positive...when one door closes another opens and maybe something better for you.

I agree, timing is real bad with the economy in such a terrible state.

I will keep you in my prayers.


Sweetnessk71 said...

Wow that really sucks!!! I hope that they help you find something even better. take care


a corgi said...

I'm so sorry; this has to be so hard; seems like it was a great place to work and you had put so much into it :(

the good news is this didn't catch God by surprise; he knew it was going to happen (why he allowed it I do not know, but he is God); I can only hope as you trust in him, he will provide your needs and help you find a new position; I know that sounds like such a pat answer, but its gotten me through a lot of dark days/times