Four Generations of Collins’ Celebrated 85 Years in 2016
Our store is located at 500 Kings Highway East in Fairfield, CT.
Collins Pharmacy, Durable Medical Equipment, and Collins I.V. Care
Collins Pharmacy was founded in 1931 by Thomas P. Collins, Sr. on Fairfield Avenue in the Black Rock Section of Bridgeport. Typifying the "corner drugstore" of the era, it was the neighborhood hub with a soda fountain and card table for the locals to gather and a prescription counter where all the medications were compounded by the pharmacist. At that time there were no "manufactured" drug products. After World War II and UCONN Pharmacy School, Tom Collins, Jr. took over at the helm and in 1963 moved the pharmacy to a much larger facility next door to the original. The newly renovated store was planned by the McKesson Drug Company and featured the latest in store fixtures and design.
Tom Collins, Sr. & Tom Collins, Jr. - 1960
In the mid-seventies, Tom's son, Jack, graduated from UCONN and immediately began to plan for the future by adding a durable medical equipment department and becoming one of the first pharmacies in the state to computerize their prescription department. In 1983, it became apparent to Jack and Tom that their growing business required more square footage and improved parking. The Shell gas station down the street was purchased and renovated. The growing demands of home healthcare quickly outdated the gas station and in 1991, a $250,000 expansion and remodeling effort was undertaken.
In 1992, Jack recognized the potential for home infusion therapy services in the greater Bridgeport region. Collins I.V. Care (CIVC) was born out of another renovation, including a state-of-the-art clean room for sterile compounding, an affiliation with a nationally acclaimed home infusion therapy company, and the development of a clinical nursing staff. To date, Collins I.V. Care has expanded multiple times and now offers statewide services from their 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Stratford. Currently a part of the Walgreen's Healthcare system, CIVC now employees over 100 full and part time staff.
In 2002, we sold our prescription department to CVS and focused on our medical equipment department. In 2005, we sold our building on Fairfield Avenue and moved to our current facility on Kings Highway East in Fairfield under the Collins Medical Equipment banner.
The mission of Collins Medical Equipment is to provide high quality, cost effective home medical equipment and disposable supplies for the use and treatment of our patients in the safety and comfort of their homes with reliability, professionalism, and integrity.
"Caring for people like family" is a philosophy that our staff commits to and lives each day as we identify patient needs and coordinate the provision of patient care. It is this philosophy that allows us to consider each patient individually and care for them as we would our own family. This level of service is unsurpassed in the health care industry and has provided us with the reputation we have earned and take great pride in throughout the state.