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Photo by Dave Flessner / TwelveStone Health Partners CEO and state Sen. Shane Reeves, center, appears next to state Rep. Robin Smith Monday to cut the ribbon on new infusion therapy clinic on Shallowford Road.

Tennessee State Sen. Shane Reeves, R-Murfreesboro, is a fourth generation pharmacist whose family has been in the pharmacy business for 120 years.

But after Reeves and his father sold their Reeves-Sain Drug Store in Murfreesboro, to Fred's Inc., in 2015, the younger Reeves launched a new venture he bills as a pharmacy, nutrition and technology company that focuses on fighting complex and rare diseases with drug treatments across the continuum of the post-acute care marketplaces.

"The days of independent pharmacy stores operating on their own competing against the major pharmacy chains is very difficult so we had to pivot along the way and go in a different direction," Reeves said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at his company's newest clinic in Chattanooga.

Reeves, who was elected to the Tennessee Legislature two year ago, founded Twelvestone Health Partners in 2016 and has grown the business serving patients in Hospice care, nursing homes, assisted living and group homes or in their own home by delivering a variety of medications packaged and delivered via mail.

"If you are taking 10 or 15 drugs a day, you need a pretty robust pharmacy that can package and deliver your medications in a manner that ensures you get them and take them according to schedule," Reeves said.

To keep track of such medications, Twelvestone has developed its own app to aid patients in knowing when, what and how many drugs to take at different times of the day.

In the past year, Twelvestone Health Partners also opened an infusion therapy clinic in Murfreesboro where patients can come into one of five private rooms with their family and friends and receive IV-delivered medications and nutrition treatment under the care of the nursing staff at the 130-employee company.

Such infusions can take up to six or more hours to the TwelveStone clinic rooms offer a more convenient and relaxed setting for treatment than most hospitals or physician offices, Reeves said.

Based upon the appeal and success of that model, Reeves expanded the infusion therapy service to Chattanooga last month, opening a 1,500-square-foot storefront at 6150 Shallowford Road. Within the facility, five spacious private rooms are offered for patients, including many with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other ailments requiring specialized treatments.

The company is looking to add other infusion therapy clinics in the next year in Cookeville, Knoxville and Atlanta.

The name TwelveStone Health Partners comes from the story of Joshua, who led the Israelites into the Promised Land. After the river was parted for them and they reached the other side, 12 stones, representing the tribes of Israel, were taken from the river and stacked as a monument to God.

"TwelveStone stands in the deep part of the river guiding each patient, with God's power, to make a bold crossing to health, peace and victory," Reeves said. "We are serious about honoring God and helping people across the river."

Contact Dave Flessner at dflessner@timesfreepress.com or at 757-6340.

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