Kinney Drugs invites community to plaque dedication ceremony in Gouverneur

GOUVERNEUR, NY  – The employee-owners of KPH Healthcare Services, Inc./Kinney Drugs invite the citizens of Gouverneur to a formal unveiling and dedication of a bronze plaque in honor of founder Burt O. Kinney, R.Ph., and his son Harold Kinney, R.Ph. The ceremony will be held at Kinney’s original store location and current downtown offices on East Main Street in Gouverneur Wednesday, September 14th at 2:30PM.

“In 2023, Kinney Drugs will celebrate our 120th year in business, so we wanted to do something special to recognize our founder’s legacy in Gouverneur,” said Dave Warner, R.Ph., President and CEO of KPH Healthcare Services. “Mr. Kinney changed the trajectory of this community – and so many others. He positively impacted civic and health organizations, generations of employees and their families, as well as the health and wellbeing of folks across New York and Vermont, and now across the entire country. Mr. Kinney was a humble, community-minded person, and we think it would please him that we remain headquartered right here in Gouverneur. We also believe he would be honored by this plaque, which will forever remind people of his and his son’s accomplishments and their legacy.”

Speakers will include KPH President & CEO Dave Warner, R.Ph., Kinney Drugs President John Marraffa, R.Ph., KPH EVP & Kinney Drugs Foundation President Dave McClure, and Gouverneur Mayor Ron MacDougall. Light refreshments will be provided. Refreshments will also be provided at both Kinney stores in Gouverneur while supplies last.

About Kinney Drugs: Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 96 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of eight divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases; (5) Kinnect™, an on-site clinical care pharmacy; (6) Aristacare, an infusion therapy pharmacy; (7) HomeLife specialized nursing support for in-home infusion services; and (8) Kinney Homecare, a durable medical equipment company. KPH Healthcare Services is an employee-owned company with approximately 4,500 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit. Learn more at