Central Home Medical: A stop for supplies

February 04, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Downtown El Centro's Central Pharmacy has expanded its home medical supplies.

The business, Central Home Medical, is now a stand-alone at 481 Main St.

Central Home Medical is a joint venture between El Centro resident Jim Luker Jr., a pharmacist technician at Central Pharmacy, and Central Pharmacy owner Jim Birdsong.

"We're like a one-stop place," Luker said.

Customers can purchase their pharmaceutical needs at Central Pharmacy, and purchase the needed equipment to administer it at Central Medical.

"We've expanded to provide quality service to our patients," Luker said.

Central Medical offers home medical equipment for such things as enteral feeding, that is, equipment for feeding people who cannot be fed orally. The business also offers infusion therapy equipment, for administering pain-management medicine or antibiotics at home and wound-care treatments such as specialty beds and wheelchairs. Hand splints and ostomy products, for colostomy patients are available, as are supplies for asthmatics.


"Any equipment you can get in a hospital, we can provide at home," Luker said.

Central Medical offers around-the-clock, on-call service and free delivery throughout Imperial County from Winterhaven to the spas with its four full-time drivers. Delivery can take as little as an hour. A pharmacist is always on-call, Luker said.

"We deliver faster than anybody," he said.

A showroom to demonstrate equipment patients could have in their homes is being developed. The showroom will include a bedroom and bathroom. There will be demonstrations of how to use wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches.

Luker said the 3,500 square-foot business, whose motto is "We are here for you," will emphasize quality of service.

Central Medical accepts health insurance, Medi-Cal and Medicare and services what it sells.

Luker said Central Medical will have a grand opening in about two weeks.

The newly expanded business occupies the old Phat Beat Records store and its former skateboard park. Central Medical is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and on-call after hours.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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