Our Affiliate System

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. The rebranded Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health in early 2019

Meet our Pharmacists

Upstate Pharmacy serves the community from ten locations throughout Greenville, Spartanburg and Oconee Counties. Each location is staffed with professional, courteous and helpful staff members who can help you understand your medications and any interaction concerns you may have.

Steven Ranck, RPh

Director, Pharmacy Services
Greenville Health Corporation

Steve has lived in Greenville most of his life; long enough to call it home. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has both a finance and pharmacy background. Steve has been a pharmacist for over 20 years and in management in excess of 15 years. He was hired by GHS over ten years ago. Upon arriving at GHS, Upstate Pharmacy had two small retail pharmacies with nine employees. Over the years, Steve has watched the Upstate Pharmacy division grow into ten locations and nearly 80 employees. “It makes me proud to see the quality of staff, their dedication and commitment to each other and to GHS,” says Steve when asked about the growth of Upstate Pharmacy over the past ten years. When not working, Steve loves spending time with his family, as well as hiking, camping and just about anything outdoors. He also enjoys playing golf and watching college football. Go Cocks!!

Roger Blackwell, RPh

Manager, Software Systems and Services
Upstate Pharmacy Eastside

Roger was born and raised in the Upstate of South Carolina.  He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy.    Roger has been a pharmacist for over 20 years.  He joined the Upstate Pharmacy team in May, 2000 and is currently the manager of pharmacy software systems and services. Roger is an active member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, SC.   He is passionate about medical missions and frequently participates in short term medical mission trips.  Roger also enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Heather Eddy, PharmD

Manager, Ambulatory Pharmacy
Upstate Medical Pharmacy

Heather arrived in Greenville, SC  seeking a warmer climate than her Michigan roots. After completing her undergraduate degree at Central Michigan University, Heather earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ferris State University. She joined the Upstate Pharmacy team as a staff pharmacist in 2006, and subsequently moved into a supervisory role in 2007. In 2014, Heather stepped into the role of Manager of Ambulatory Pharmacy overseeing operations at the Upstate Pharmacies at GMH, Cross Creek, IMA, and the Center for Family Medicine. In addition, she works closely with the hospital’s benefits team to implement our own GHS prescription plan. Heather enjoys spending time with her family when she is not working.

Valerie Royal, PharmD, BCPS

Manager, Specialty Pharmacy Services, Ambulatory Pharmacy Programs
Upstate Specialty Pharmacy

Originally from East Tennessee, Valerie received a BS from Clemson University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She then completed residency training at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to joining Upstate Medical Pharmacy in 2010, she was a clinical pharmacy specialist in internal medicine here at GHS.

Chuck Sanders, PharmD, CGP

Manager, Ambulatory Pharmacy
Upstate Pharmacy – Greer

Chuck is a native of South Carolina, and is originally from Cross Keys. After graduating from Union High School, Chuck joined the USAF as a crew chief on F-16 fighter jets. After the military, Chuck worked at Wal-Mart pharmacy as a technician, and enrolled in USC College of Pharmacy where he graduated in 2003. Chuck came to GHS in 2007, and has been a consultant pharmacist, and in 2012, became a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. In their spare time, Chuck and his wife, Gaby, enjoy traveling.

Robyn Bailey, PharmD

Pharmacist-In-Charge
Upstate Pharmacy – Seneca

Robyn moved to Anderson, SC, as a child and enjoyed growing up in the Upstate. She started in retail pharmacy at the age of 18 while completing her undergraduate degree in Biology at Anderson University. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2005. After 15 years in retail pharmacy as a technician, intern, and pharmacist, she joined the GHS Cancer Institute pharmacy staff in the summer of 2013 and the Upstate pharmacy staff in fall of 2014. Robyn has the special opportunity to provide pharmacy services for oncology patients with infusion pharmacy and retail pharmacy. She lives in Easley with her husband, Brandon, and their two children. Robyn enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her church.

Robert Burth, RPh

Pharmacist-In-Charge
Upstate Pharmacy – Oconee

Bob earned his Bachelor’s Degree in pharmacy from the University of South Carolina in 1984. He joined the Upstate Pharmacy team as a staff pharmacist in 1998.

Karla Caruso, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist
Upstate Specialty Pharmacy

From Northeast Ohio, Karla moved to South Carolina in 2009 and lives in Simpsonville. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams. Karla enjoys traveling and taking in sights and cuisines of other cities and countries. She loves to be active and can often be found outdoors running, biking, hiking or swimming with her husband and son. She joined the GHS in March 2016.

Purnima Chaluvadi, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist

After completing her Bachelors of Pharmacy from The University of Bombay (Mumbai), She went on to get her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Ocular drug delivery from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Nima was a stay at home mom for a few years while she worked to get licensed in the State of SC.  She started her retail pharmacy journey with Eckerds as a staff pharmacist and then became a pharmacy manager at Rite Aid before transitioning to Publix and finally to GHS.  She likes to paint and try her culinary skills cooking new dishes during her spare time.

Rhonda Combs, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist
Upstate Specialty Pharmacy

Rhonda is originally from North Carolina but moved to Oregon with her husband in 1997.  She completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2005 at the University of Oregon.  She worked as inpatient clinical staff pharmacist at St Vincent’s Hospital after graduation.  Then she moved to the Upstate to take a position as inpatient clinical staff pharmacist at Greenville Memorial Hospital in 2010.  She transitioned to the Upstate Specialty Pharmacy 2017.  She enjoys hiking, traveling and gardening.

Julie Cox, RPh

Staff Pharmacist

Julie is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and joined Upstate as a staff pharmacist in 2007.

Valerie Garilas, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist
Upstate Pharmacy – LTC

Valerie was born and raised in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina. After completing her undergraduate degree at the College of Charleston, Valerie earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. An avid football fan, Valerie enjoys cheering on her Carolina Panthers and South Carolina Gamecocks!

Jenny Goetzmann, PharmD

Pharmacist-In-Charge
Upstate Pharmacy – Cross Creek

Jenny is a graduate of Clemson University and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Katelyn Holliday, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist
Upstate Specialty

Katelyn is a native of South Carolina and has called the Upstate home since childhood. After completing her undergraduate degree at Clemson University, Katelyn earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina. She joined the Upstate Pharmacy team as a staff pharmacist in 2011. Katelyn is a current preceptor for both South Carolina College of Pharmacy and Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, photography, and volunteering as a student ministry leader at her church.

Andrew Hunter, PharmD

Pharmacist-In-Charge
Upstate Pharmacy – Eastside

A South Carolina native, Andrew was born and raised just outside of historic Charleston, SC. He attended Clemson University for undergrad, and then returned to Charleston to complete his Doctor of Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina. A self-described “lifer” in the pharmacy world, he started working in a pharmacy as a cashier when he turned 16 years old and has worked every position within a pharmacy. He has worked at all different levels of retail and management, but the most fulfilling aspect is the patient interaction and relationships that are built. He currently resides in Greenville, and in his free time enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, running, and attending Clemson football games.

Rachel Johnson, RPh

Pharmacist-In-Charge
Upstate Pharmacy – IMA

Rachel, an Upstate native, attended Clemson University before graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Pharmacy degree. She worked for 10 years as a retail Pharmacist in Charleston before moving back to the Upstate to be with her family. Rachel continued working as a community Pharmacist in Greenville until being hired by Greenville Health System to open Upstate Pharmacy IMA in April of 2012. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends and family and going to all Clemson football games.

Kevin M. Kunkle, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist
Upstate Medical Pharmacy

Kevin is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Greenville in June of 2008. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2008. Kevin joined the Upstate Pharmacy team as a staff pharmacist in December of 2012. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys all things sports and volunteers as a youth league football coach in Blue Ridge. He is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing.

Harold Neel, PharmD

Pharmacist-In-Charge
Upstate Pharmacy – Boiling Springs

Harold is originally from Silverstreet, SC. He is a lifelong resident of the palmetto state. He holds a bachelors degree in pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina and a doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Harold has worked extensively in retail, long term care dispensing and consulting pharmacy, as well as the pharmaceutical industry. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. He and his wife have two sons and enjoy spending time together as a family.

Sarah Phelps, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist

Sarah graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy in 1998 with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She then completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency with Ambulatory Emphasis at Regional Medical Center in Memphis. After completion of the residency, she remained on staff as a Clinical Pharmacist. Sarah moved to Greenville in 2001 and began working as an inpatient pharmacist at GHS. Sarah joined the staff at Upstate Medical Pharmacy in 2006 after taking some time off to be at home with her twin daughters. Sarah lives in Greenville with her husband and twin daughters. She enjoys spending her free time training for marathons, cooking and traveling. Sarah is active in her Church and PTA at her daughters’ schools.

Krista Ramirez, PharmD, BCPS

Staff Pharmacist
Upstate Specialty Pharmacy

Krista earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2011. In 2012, she moved back to her hometown of Easley, SC to take a position with the GHS Cancer Institute as an oncology infusion pharmacist. She joined the Upstate Pharmacy team in November 2015. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs, as well as cooking and gardening.

Jessica Rizzo, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist
Upstate Medical Pharmacy

Born and raised in Lancaster, South Carolina, Jessica completed her undergraduate degree at Clemson University and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of South Carolina.  Prior to joining Upstate Pharmacy, Jessica worked for Target Pharmacy for 17 years where she held many roles, including Immunization Trainer, Pharmacy Manager and District Manager.  Outside of work, she enjoys watching football, playing golf and spending time with her family.

Kimberly Roesch, RPh

Staff Pharmacist
Upstate Medical Pharmacy

Kim earned her Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from SUNY Buffalo. She joined Upstate as a staff pharmacist in 2015 and is happy to be a part of the Upstate Pharmacy team.

Jessica Schindler, PharmD

Pharmacist-In-Charge
Upstate Medical Pharmacy

A South Carolina native, Jessica completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2004 at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy and has called the upstate home ever since. She worked in retail pharmacy since graduation and joined the Upstate Pharmacy team in October 2015. When not at work, Jessica enjoys discovering new places in Greenville and spending time with her family.

Sara Sullivan, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist

Sara grew up in the Upstate of South Carolina. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina, she earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in Columbia in 2011. Yes, she is a devout Gamecock fan! Sara brought several years of retail pharmacy experience with her when she joined the Upstate Pharmacy team in December, 2014. In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling to Europe and other parts of the world with her husband. She also enjoys reading, cycling, and spoiling her dogs.

Whitney Tucker, PharmD

Staff Pharmacist
Upstate Specialty Pharmacy

Originally from Kentucky, Whitney received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2005. She was an inpatient clinical staff pharmacist at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center for two years prior to moving to South Carolina. She joined GHS as an inpatient staff pharmacist in the spring of 2008. After nearly nine years as an inpatient pharmacist, she transitioned to Upstate Specialty Pharmacy in November 2016. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and dog.

Sarah Wagner, PharmD

Pharmacist-In-Charge
Upstate Specialty Pharmacy

Sarah was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Sarah completed a community pharmacy residency at Hartzell’s Pharmacy/Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. Upon completion of her residency she and her husband moved to Greenville. Prior to joining Upstate Pharmacy in July of 2015, she was a professor of pharmacy practice at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy. In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and traveling.