Dear friends and colleagues,

I am proud to announce that Ron’s Pharmacy Services, located in San Diego, CA, has joined the Guardian family.  Ron Belville and his wife Janna have been serving the long-term care market in Southern California since 1981.  Ron’s Pharmacy Services has seen great success and now serves 12,000 patients.  More recently, Bob Smith, a well-respected industry veteran, joined to serve as COO and become a partner in the pharmacy.  They are a welcome addition to the Guardian family of locally-owned pharmacies.

Ron will remain President, continuing to focus on strategic growth and exceptional service.  Bob will focus on operations and system improvements.  Janna will continue to provide oversight on the financial and administrative areas of the business.  This new Guardian Pharmacy partner will continue to do business as Ron’s Pharmacy Services.

Ron is a graduate of University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy where he has served on the Board of Councilors since 2001.   Ron and Janna are experts in the long-term care arena with over 30 years devoted to their pharmacy.  They credit their success to their dedicated team, many of whom have been with them for more than 20 years.  Ron and Janna’s daughter also lives in San Diego, where she practices as an intellectual property attorney.  When they are not busy working on the business, Ron and Janna like rooting for USC and spending time with their new grandchild.

Bob Smith is a graduate of Duquesne University, with long term care pharmacy roots beginning in his home state of Pennsylvania with Vitalink Pharmacy Services, a predecessor company of NeighborCare.  For more than 25 years, Bob has held increasingly important roles, spending six years as President and COO of NeighborCare prior to its acquisition by Omnicare in 2005.  After the sale of NeighborCare, Bob continued as SVP at Omnicare for several years.  Prior to joining Ron’s in 2015, Bob did consulting work for several LTC pharmacies as well as private equity firms interested in the institutional pharmacy space.  Bob, along with his wife, Jackie and their daughter Jordan have relocated from MD to CA.

Please join me in welcoming Ron, Janna, Bob and the Ron’s Pharmacy Services team to the Guardian family!


Fred Burke, President & CEO