Haywood Returns to Hometown Business

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Shannon Haywood joins her father Keith Hill as a full-time pharmacist at Rector Downtown Drug and Medical Supply.(TD photo/Jessica Rainwater)

Shannon Haywood, who earlier made a decision to return and live in her hometown, has now joined her father, Keith Hill, in the family business at Rector Drug and Medical Supply, making a total of two full-time pharmacists available to the community.

After graduating from Clay County Central in 1996 as valedictorian, she spent three years in pre-pharmacy classes at Arkansas State University before attending UAMS in Little Rock to earn her doctorate in pharmacy, which she obtained in 2003.

Haywood also married her high school sweetheart, Rector native Chris Haywood, in 1999. She worked in Little Rock during college at the Kroger pharmacy, but after graduating she knew she wanted to return home. Haywood worked part-time at Rector Drug and Medical Supply, spending two days in Rector and the rest of the week at Harris' Pharmacy in Kennett, until she and her father decided to change her employment status here to full-time.

Haywood and her husband decided to move back to their hometown of Rector, because she wanted her family to live in the same small town atmosphere. The additions of Landon in 2004 and Colton in 2008 to their family solidified the two had made the right choice.

"The school faculty at Rector watches out for your kids as if they were their own," Haywood said. "In a large school they are just a number." Haywood added there is nothing like the community of Rector in the fact that "everybody in Rector helps raise you," and as a pharmacist she feels she is giving back to the community.

Haywood said every single person who comes through the doors of the pharmacy can expect the best treatment, because the pharmacists remain in good communication with their patients' doctors and she takes care of them "like they were my own."

Haywood is a valued member of the community. Leland Blackshare of Rector said she was the driving force behind the RHS Helping Hands Foundation's Labor Day 5K Run, and she stepped in right when the foundation needed her the most. This years marks the third annual run.

Haywood spends much of her time working in the community she loves. She attends Rector First Baptist Church and is co-coordinator alongside Heidi Henderson of the children's church. She is also on the Downtown Central committee, whose objective is to bring more business to Rector and improve the downtown area. She sits on the boards of RHS Helping Hands Foundation and the RHS Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the city's organizational committee. She also coordinates between the pharmacy and the Rector Nursing and Rehab, and coaches little league and t-ball in her spare time.

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