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Looking Back, Looking Forward

Posted on December 02, 2019 in: Member News

John S. Clark, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, FASHP, associate chief pharmacy officer, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, and president, MSHP

As I complete my presidential year with the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), I have taken a moment to look back at all that has been accomplished. The planning, actions and monitoring of goals for this past year was overwhelming. At MSHP, we have been very fortunate for past-Presidents Dana Staat and Nancy MacDonald for setting our mission and vision for our plans. I look forward to the leadership of Curtis Smith with 20/20 vision – “Being Pharmacy Champions.” The leadership of Dianne Malburg as Executive Vice President has been a steady force through the inevitable transitions of a volunteer society with a rotating boards of directors. MSHP is truly a wonderful display of leadership by all those involved.

As we finish 2019 and prepare for 2020, I am thankful for the volunteers of MSHP. The actions and activities in support of my presidential theme – “Achieving Patient Care Outcomes” have been staggering. As a planning activity for the next year, the MSHP Board had an opportunity to review the 2019 charges for each committee. I am delighted at the ability that the MSHP Committees had to meet and exceed the vision I had for their charges and assigned goals. Please, consider being a part of an MSHP committee in the future if you are not already a volunteer. For those of you that give of your time year after year, I provide you my sincerest thanks.

In establishing charges for the committees for 2019, I considered stretch goals and carryover charges from Nancy MacDonald’s 2018 charges. In choosing charges, I knew that some goals would be out of the committees’ usual approaches and asked for data and information that was not available at the time.

Our committees responded and found examples of pharmacists that are providing improved patient outcomes in Michigan that will be continued to be shared in the MSHP Monitor, on the MPA website and at Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) and MSHP meetings in 2020.

In looking back, I am so very thankful for the efforts of MSHP volunteers. In looking forward, I am certain we can make great strides in the care of patients in Michigan due to continued collaboration and innovation. In the words and theme of MSHP president-elect Curtis Smith, be pharmacy champions. We are more effective and can make more progress together. Thank you for your engagement in MSHP. 

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