Our History

Owens Healthcare is proud to have served the Northern California community with local pharmacy services since 1957. Please check out the history of our business here in the North State.

Local Red Bluff Pharmacy Services

1957

The first retail pharmacy was established in downtown Redding, CA by the Owens family. This pharmacy was a full line pharmacy and known as “the corner drug store.”

1965

Royce Friesen began working at Owens Pharmacy as a Pharmacist.

1966

A second retail pharmacy was opened in Redding, CA by the Owens family.  Residential care and assisted living facilities were also serviced out of this location, which was the beginning of Owens’ servicing patients in long term care facilities.

1970

Royce Friesen purchased the two existing Redding pharmacies from the Owens family.

1973

Two additional pharmacies were opened in Anderson, CA and Red Bluff, CA.

1974

A pharmacy management company was formed to assist in coordinating and managing the four pharmacies.

1981

Corporate offices and the four pharmacies were computerized. A new division, Medical Supply, was added to the growing network.

1985

Home I.V. and nutritional services were established to serve the ever-expanding demand for home care. New and larger locations were built to accommodate the expanding Owens Healthcare entities.

1989

The Infusion Services Pharmacy achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

1991

A fifth retail pharmacy was formed in a newly established medical complex in Redding, CA. The closed-door pharmacy moved to its own location and a second closed-door pharmacy was established in Chico to service the pharmaceutical needs of residential care and assisted living facilities throughout Northern California.

1997

Corporate offices moved to an expanded location in Redding, CA.

1999

The downtown Retail Pharmacy joined with the Compounding Pharmacy, Medical Equipment, and Infusion Services as a combined health store. This “one stop” medical store was a new concept in Redding for meeting the healthcare needs of the community.

2002

The Napa Valley Pharmacy was purchased by Owens Healthcare, thus adding the fifth retail pharmacy to the growing company.

2003

The Medical Equipment division achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

The Medical Equipment division also expanded its business by opening a location in Chico, CA.

2004

The Compounding Pharmacy achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

The Medical Equipment division expanded its business to Susanville, CA, bringing the total locations to four including the two in Redding, CA, and one in Chico, CA.

Owens Healthcare was selected as one of the top 25 companies on the 50 Best Small Medium Companies to Work for in America, a joint endeavor of the Great Place to Work Institute (GPTWI) and the Society for Human

Resource Management (SHRM).

2006

The two closed-door pharmacies established in Redding and Chico were sold in order to gain greater focus on the other lines of business held by Owens Healthcare.

2007

A sixth retail pharmacy was opened in Redding, CA, expanding the business to the eastside of town.

2008

Owens Healthcare was voted the Best Pharmacy in the North State, and recognized for catering to clients needs with a personal touch and short wait times.

2009

Owens Healthcare was again voted the Best Pharmacy in the North State, and recognized for catering to clients needs with a personal touch and short wait times.

2010

The retail pharmacy located in Napa, CA, was sold and the division expanded its home market by opening two more stores; a fourth location in Redding, CA, and a second location in Red Bluff, CA. For the third year running, Owens Healthcare was voted Best Pharmacy in the North State.

2011

An eighth retail pharmacy was opened in Susanville, CA, and the Medical Equipment division expanded its business to Red Bluff, CA, bringing the total locations to five. For the fourth year running, Owens Healthcare was voted Best Pharmacy in the North State.

2012

A ninth retail pharmacy was opened in Redding and a tenth in Weaverville, CA. The Compounding Pharmacy achieved accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB). For the fifth year running, Owens Healthcare was voted Best Pharmacy in the North State.

2013

Owens Healthcare acquired the Weed Family Pharmacy in Weed, CA, as well as opened a new pharmacy in Mt. Shasta, CA. Additionally a new Compounding/Retail Pharmacy was opened inside the new Shasta Orthopaedics building in Redding. For the sixth year running, Owens Healthcare was voted Best Pharmacy in the North State.

2014

In May, Owens closed its Medical Equipment location in Red Bluff, CA, and opened a new Medical Equipment location in Yuba City, CA. For the seventh year running, Owens Healthcare was voted Best Pharmacy in the North State.

2015

In April, Owens opened their thirteenth retail pharmacy in Palo Cedro, CA, expanding the business east of Redding. The Yuba City Medical Equipment office moved in July to a larger facility that allows for easier patient access and growth. In October, the Compounding/Retail pharmacy inside Shasta Orthopaedics in Redding was consolidated with the existing Owens pharmacies on Court Street. For the eighth year running, Owens Healthcare was voted Best Pharmacy in the North State.

2016

Ten years after getting out of the Long Term Care pharmacy business, Owens returned to providing these services by opening a pharmacy in Redding. The Medical Equipment location on Court Street in Redding was consolidated with the existing Medical Equipment location on Railroad Avenue. For the ninth year running, Owens Healthcare was voted Best Pharmacy in the North State.

Currently consisting of thirteen retail pharmacies, infusion pharmacy, compounding pharmacy, long term care pharmacy, and four medical equipment locations, Owens Healthcare is among the most diversified and successful healthcare organizations in California. The Owens Healthcare network remains today as the only locally owned and operated network of pharmacies and related services in the area.

Owens Healthcare Community Fund

We have created the Owens Healthcare Community Fund in order to give back to the communities that we operate in.