The Quarryville Library has hired a new youth services coordinator.Nicole Hartman, 22, of Lancaster, was hired last week and began her first day on the job on Monday. She replaced Frances Vita, who left the position to become director of the library and was doing both jobs.
"I'm very excited to be here," said Hartman. "I think this is a very cool opportunity."
A native of Lebanon County, Hartman graduated from Millersville University in May 2007 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education social studies studies and a minor in theater.
She found out about the position on the Lancaster County Library System's Web site.
"I saw it was available and knew I didn't have exactly what they were looking for," she said.
Hartman was one of eight people interviewed for the job out of 10 applicants.
Vita said she hired Hartman because of the fact that she was right out of college, her educational background and her love for reading.
"I loved the fact that she has a background in dramatics and is willing to do programs for a reader's theater," said Vita. "She seems like she has a lot of great pharmacist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and then she married her husband, Merv Sands, and moved back to Lancaster County to be closer to her parents. Her mother, Mary, lives with her brother Lewis, a 1979 Solanco graduate, and his wife Tracee in Peach Bottom in the home she grew up in.
Boomsma then got a job as a pharmacist at Memorial Hospital in York and after that, worked for a chain drugstore before working at William's Apothecary where her focus was on compounding.
So far she said owning her own business has been "an exciting venture."
"I want to focus on the patient as an individual and offer counseling on any health issues they might have," she said, adding that "healthcare is so fragmented today."By owning her own business, Boomsma has been able to expand the compounding part and retail space, where she sells vitamins and supplements. She is taking a more integrated approach to healthcare.
"I don't take insurance," she said. "I give prescriptions on a cash basis at a reasonable rate."
Boomsma works with doctors and their patients to tailor prescriptions for people who might have sensitivities, interactions with other drugs or allergies to certain medications. She also might be contacted by a physician to provide a specific medication for someone.
She makes the medications in her lab where she has scales, ointment mills and a mixer from West Germany. She also has sterilizing equipment.
"A compounding pharmacy is specialized place," she said.
Although she is not the only compounding pharmacist in the area, she is the only one with a "dedicated space" that provides custom prescriptions. Wiley's Pharmacy, Hinkle's Pharmacy in Columbia and The Medicine Shoppe, also provide compounding services.
She has four employees, including Mary (DeLong) Peffley, a 1978 Solanco graduate, who is office manager.
Boomsma also works closely with veterinarians to make special medications for animals such as for a dog who is on seizure medication or one who has a sensitivity to certain kinds of shampoos. She also makes specially-flavored medications because some animals have a hard time taking them and need something that tastes or smells like what they like.
Boomsma became interested in the pharmacy field when she was taking James Smith's chemistry class in 10th grade.
"He had a heck of a chemistry class," she recalled.
When she was in her junior or senior year, she came across a book in the library that described every profession, what kind of education was needed and the salary and benefits.
"I came across pharmacy and I always liked working with people," she said. "It seemed to be a perfect blend."
She said her first mentor was Rodney Prewitt, who owned the former Solanco Pharmacy.
"A lot of women didn't go into the sciences then," she said.
Boomsma lives in Lancaster City with her husband and two sons who are in fifth and eighth grade at Resurrection School.
She still gets to Peach Bottom and her mother will sometimes make deliveries for her when someone in the southern end has ordered a prescription.