MPA | Pharmacy News

Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
(517) 377-0232

Beth Tomac of Chesaning will receive the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Fred W. Arnold Public Relations Award during the Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition, held Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

The Fred W. Arnold Public Relations Award, sponsored by the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation, recognizes an MPA member showing outstanding achievement and dedication to the pharmacy profession through community education and awareness.

Tomac has always based her business on customer service and shown pride in being involved in community activities. As the owner of Broad Street Pharmacy in Chesaning, she and her staff communicate and care for patients, greeting them by name as they come in the door, providing immunizations, helping with insurance issues and questions, and going above and beyond to provide high-quality care. In addition, Broad Street Pharmacy offers an “Angel” program where anonymous donors cover the cost of medications for those who cannot afford them.

Tomac took an unusual path to becoming a pharmacy owner. At the age of 15, she took a part-time position at a pharmacy, where she worked her way from cash register to counting medications. After receiving her Certified Pharmacy Technician designation in 1985, Tomac’s passion for pharmacy began. Prior to opening her own pharmacy with the support of family and friends, she practiced in community pharmacy for 30 years and served in a management role for 15 years.

In addition to her community involvement through patient care, Tomac supports local education by providing informative talks to service clubs and school groups as well as college classes on various topics, including Medicare, poison control and business ownership. She has also served on the Marketing Association Committee for the Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is a Eucharistic minister at her church and has been a part of their Community Service Committee.

Tomac has been a MPA member since 1985. She has served on the Michigan Society of Pharmacy Technicians Executive Committee for several terms, including as president in 2003. Tomac has also represented the Society in the MPA House of Delegates for more than 10 years.

Michigan Pharmacists Association, representing the nearly 9,000 pharmacists and 15,000 pharmacy technicians in Michigan, strives to serve members by providing support, advocacy and resources that ultimately improve patient care, safety, health and the practice of pharmacy. For more information, visit

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