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  • 20 Sep 2021 9:47 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    The GSHP Board of Directors met virtually on Wednesday, September 7th  to discuss and carefully consider options for the Fall Meeting scheduled for October 22nd-24th, 2021 at Brasstown Valley Resort.  In light of the current COVID surge due to the the Delta variant and resulting overburden to our pharmacy workforce across the state’s healthcare systems the difficult decision was made to cancel the Fall Meeting.

    Although we have implemented a pause in our in-person programming this fall, there will continue to be opportunities to engage with GSHP over the remainder of the year.  The Education Committee will continue to offer relevant, timely, and high-quality virtual continuing education through the fall.  In addition, GSHP will also maintain the monthly networking calls for Directors of Pharmacy, Clinicians, Ambulatory Care, and 340B Coordinators to provide you with opportunities to connect with your peers across the state.  In addition, a call for committee volunteers was distributed late this summer and our committee chairs are actively planning opportunities to engage and support members across the organization.  

    If you made a room reservation with Brasstown Valley Resort, the Resort will cancel that reservation automatically.  You may want to double check on this in a week or so.

    We appreciate you and the work you do for patients across the states.  It should be noted that the continued success of GSHP is because of YOU!  On behalf of the Board, we are grateful for your commitment and dedication to GSHP.  We look forward to our continued work over the coming months.

    Thank you for your support and understanding. 

    Christy Norman

  • 10 Sep 2021 10:47 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Calling all pharmacists and students!

    We welcome you to sign up for the GSHP mentoring program. 

    For mentors: This is a great way to stay apprised of the up and coming generation of pharmacists, give back to the profession, and invest in others.

    For mentees: This program is a great way to get involved in GSHP and begin to network with pharmacists across the state. Some may be your future employers or residency directors/preceptors. This is a great opportunity to use the organization to your professional benefit.

    Sign-up ends September 24th!

     

    Mentors Sign-up Link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTPbl-ph-8H4C6rvRgheHFWEnHlAXo0EORTAijIKSbH8Q7CA/viewform?usp=sf_link

     

    Mentees Sign-up Link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiTXr8LUntjYlxgpWAt725eMbjYvnzQcDVJEBZpVteMMG9WA/viewform?usp=sf_link

     

    Best regards-

    Christy and Anthony (Co-Chairs for GSHP Student and Resident Affairs Committee)

    Sharmon Osae (Mentor Program Charge Lead)

     

  • 24 Aug 2021 4:20 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Call for Webinar Presenters

    GSHP is planning our webinar CE series for our members for the remainder of 2021 and 2022. We're looking for pharmacists and residents that would like to participate as speakers for the CE program and we think this would be a great opportunity for residents. Sorry no honorarium available.

    Residents can present on a variety topics and are welcome to give presentations they may have already prepared as part of their residency. This is a great way to become more involved in GSHP and a great opportunity to share your work with colleagues around the state.

    Sign up for 2021 at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4fadab2babfe3-gshp4

    Sign up for 2022 at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040D4FADAB2BABFE3-gshp5
  • 02 Aug 2021 1:34 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Residents from around the state gathered at Mercer University in Atlanta and via zoom to participate in the GSHP Residency Research Forum.  This year 104 residents and participants participated to discuss topics including:

    Statistics refresher

    IRB/HIPAA Overview

    Professional Involvement

    Protocol Writing and Selecting Outcomes

    Project/Time Management

    Dissemination: Posters and Publications

    Project Roundtables

    SERC Presentations

    Research Pearls and Lessons Learned


  • 10 Jul 2021 1:31 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)
    Christy's Installation Address at the GSHP Summer Meeting



    Together Again! On behalf of the Board I would like to extend a sincere welcome to our GSHP Summer Meeting. We are thrilled to be back in person for live educational programming with the opportunity to connect in person for the first time since our Fall Meeting in 2019. I would like to thank Tom Johnson, Immediate Past President, of ASHP for joining us during this special occasion. In addition I would like to take a moment to acknowledge and recognize the GSHP Immediate Past President and new Chair of the Board, Susan Jackson, for her leadership, guidance, and support over this past year. Through the efforts of the Board and engagement and creativity of our committees, as led by their chairs, we were able to maintain a solid footing and maintain member engagement through a multitude of virtual continuing education offerings and monthly collaborative calls. Thank you to our industry partners for your continued support, even if it had to be shown from a distance. To pharmacists, technicians, and pharmacy support personnel across the state…. I would like to recognize you for your commitment, as always, to the delivery of exceptional patient care through what was likely one of the most challenging times of your careers. I am grateful beyond measure for each and every one of you.

     

    1918-The most severe pandemic in recent history was caused by the H1N1 virus. As with the novel coronavirus there is still not universal consensus regarding where the virus originated, but it managed to spread worldwide from 1918-1919 after first being identified in US military personnel in Spring of 1918. Over the course of the influenza pandemic it is estimated that 500 million people or 1/3 of the world’s population became infected with the virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million with approximately 675,000 deaths occurring in the United States. Mortality was high in people younger than 5, 20-40 year olds, and those 65 and older. They isolated, quarantined, emphasized good personal hygiene, disinfected, and limited public gatherings through social distancing. Sound familiar?

     

    1918 was also the year that my grandmother was born…she raised my mother and her siblings alone as a sharecropper growing cotton in the fields of Pulaski County, Georgia. There are a few things that serve as shadows in my memories from her time here with us. She didn’t receive as formal education….I’m not sure that she could read…but she always kept a Bible in her hands. She lived a simple life…wood-burning stove in the middle of her living room, had her own hog pen and chicken yard, goodness, I even remember the day she got indoor plumbing. It would have been beyond her wildest imagination that one of her grand-children would be standing here today. Through the values she instilled in my mother, my dad is lucky to have her, we are all lucky to have her, I have found myself immersed in the most supportive family a girl could ever hope for. They are not here today but I would like to thank them for riding along on this professional and personal journey through life with me. I would also like to thank the guidance and mentorship I received in the early portion of my career and continue to receive today from Tad Gomez and Marjorie Phillips. Both emphasized and encouraged my involvement in professional organizations and have been my biggest professional advocates over the course of my career.

     

    For me 2020, started with a trip to Vegas to ring in the new year and ended with a new vaccine. Who would have thought? Beyond my wildest imagination….Like many of you, I found my team preparing to deliver doses of hope to healthcare providers and patients across the state. For the team at Emory Healthcare that impact has grown to almost 180,000 doses. Just phenomenal! You might ask why I started with the pandemic of 1918. I did so to allow us to reflect on the grit and determination of the human spirt. There was no vaccine. No antibiotics to treat the complications of from pneumonia, no monoclonal antibodies or ventilators. They persevered. We persevered.

     

    So what now? In my opening line I stated the words “Together Again”….but were we ever really apart? While we navigated our new virtual worlds, prioritized protecting the ones we love most, and served our patients and communities I would like to think that the shared circumstances we found ourselves faced with were actually bringing us closer together. Closer personally, closer as a society, and finally closer as a profession. As we look forward together as a State-Society, there are a few imperatives that I have identified as being key to our success.

    1.     Evaluating the Resilience of our Workforce- It’s been a long, tough year. There were concerns regarding provider burnout prior to the pandemic. Pharmacists, technicians, and our extended teams are not immune. The importance of connectivity, mentorship, and the deployment of evidence-based methods to identify and mitigate the impact of burnout are critical for our profession.

    2.     Incorporating the Principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion- It is my goal that GSHP strengthens our efforts in this space, not just with a focus on racial inequality, but to ensure that this organization creates a sense of belonging for ALL pharmacists, technicians, students, residents, interns and beyond across the state. No matter how big or small the facility, new or seasoned the practitioner, or the role being served in. We must also ensure that our organization has an active role in mitigating healthcare disparities for the underserved in our communities through awareness, education, and program development.

    3.     Refocus and Reimagine-It will be critical to leverage the experiences of this past year to refocus on reimagining the ways we deliver care to our patients. Practice model research, innovations in training and education, the deployment of artificial intelligence, transitioning from the tracking of interventions to measuring the impact on outcomes, and continuing efforts to extend the value of our services beyond the walls of our hospitals to our patients’ homes. These are just a few of the opportunities.

     

    So how do we begin to tackle these? Where do we start? As Walt Disney was quoted to say “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing”. I am humbled and honored to serve as your president of GSHP and look forward to working with you over the coming year.

     

  • 25 Jun 2021 1:37 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Jason Graham who was elected Southeast Georgia District Director

    Jason Graham, PharmD, MHSA is currently the manager of Candler Hospital Inpatient Pharmacy.  Jason also manages all Outpatient Oncology and Non-Oncology Infusion Pharmacies within St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System to include locations in Savannah, Hinesville, and Statesboro, Georgia, Bluffton, South Carolina, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  Jason precepts both IPPE and APPE students for UGA, Mercer, and South University.  He also precepts residents within the SJCHS PGY1 Residency Program.

    Jason graduated from The Citadel in 1999 with his Bachelor’s Degree, in 2003 from The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy with his Doctor of Pharmacy, and in 2010 from Armstrong Atlantic State University with his Master of Health Services Administration degree.  Jason has been a member of GSHP since 2014.  Jason lives in Savannah with his wife Shannon, twin boys, Conner and Jackson, and his daughter, Hayden.  Jason enjoys hunting, fishing, CrossFit, and UGA football.

  • 25 Jun 2021 1:34 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Lori McGinley who was elected Northeast Georgia District Director-elect starting in July 2021

    Lori McGinley, PharmD is currently  VP of Pharmacy Management for PharmD on Demand. Lori received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. Her career includes both retail and hospital pharmacy experience, as well as expertise in pharmacy informatics, pharmacy management and student preceptorship. Lori previously was Director of Pharmacy at a small rural hospital as well as Inpatient Pharmacy Manager at a larger facility where she demonstrated excellence in leadership, eagerness to learn and grow her department and a desire to further her career.

    From these roles Lori acquired the knowledge of how all departments must work together for the common goal of patient care. Of particular note, Lori learned the importance of teamwork that is involved in small hospitals. As VP of Pharmacy Management, Lori leads our Pharmacy Directors and oversees our Pharmacy Management department. She is committed to providing unsurpassed customer service to our managed facilities and supporting our Directors every day. In addition to serving current customers and staff, Lori also plays a vital role in acquiring new business and recruiting. Her experience in effectively evaluating and managing small hospital pharmacies helps us continue to provide the most efficient pharmacy management services to our clientele.

    Lori is an Apexus ACE Certified 340b Expert, and active member of GSHP, GPhA and GHA, as well as a member of the UGA    College of Pharmacy Alumni Board. She lives in Jefferson, GA and enjoys creative projects, music, and spending time with her family.

  • 25 Jun 2021 1:30 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Ann Truong who was elected Chattahoochee District Director-elect starting in July 2021

    Ann Truong, Pharm.D. is currently a PGY-1 pharmacy resident at Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown in Columbus, GA. She is originally from the metro Atlanta area and graduated in May 2020 from the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. After finishing residency, she will start as a clinical pharmacist at Piedmont Columbus Regional Northside and pursue board certification in pharmacotherapy. Her professional interests include internal medicine, critical care, and infectious diseases. She has been a member of GSHP since 2019 and is excited for more opportunities to get involved after residency. She currently resides in Columbus, GA, and in her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and traveling. 

  • 25 Jun 2021 1:25 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Jessica Hick-Elected Secretary of GSHP starting in July 2021

    Jessica Hicks, PharmD, BCPS, is currently a Clinical Pharmacist II at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. Within this role, she works primarily with surgical patients, providing various clinical services such as order accuracy and verification, anticoagulation management/education, pharmacokinetic monitoring, and consultation to providers and nurses. In addition, Jessica has spent the last four years as APPE student rotation coordinator for Emory Midtown, as well as precepting students from Mercer University College of Pharmacy, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    Jessica obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University in 2014 and went on to complete an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2015. She has been a member of GSHP since 2010 and served as NE Metro District Director from 2019-2021, during which time she was named GSHP Outstanding District Director.

    For fun, Jessica loves to travel to visit out-of-state friends and attend sporting events, especially the Atlanta Braves. She is an avid supporter and proud alumna of her beloved Tennessee Volunteers, and can frequently be seen

  • 25 Jun 2021 1:21 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Davey Legendre who was elected President-elect of GSHP starting in July 2021

    Davey Legendre earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from The University of Louisiana at Monroe.  He completed a residency in pharmacy practice at West Virginia University and an infectious diseases residency at The University of Mississippi.  He earned his Masters of Business Administration from Western Governor’s University.  

    Davey has over 15 years of pharmacy leadership experience, having served as Corporate Clinical Director, Corporate Director of Research, Director of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Clinical Manager, and Adjunct Faculty.

    Davey has key publications in Clinical Infectious Diseases, Pharmacotherapy, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases on topics ranging from antibiotic desensitization to Mucormycosis.  As a presenter, Davey has delivered symposiums at MICROBE, ASHP Midyear, and the United States Public Health Service. Davey joined Comprehensive Pharmacy Services as Vice President, Clinical Infectious Diseases in 2014.  He established the Pharmacist Antimicrobial Stewardship Training (PhAST) program, an ACPE-approved certificate.  He also provides comprehensive clinical consultation to assigned hospitals and manages the infectious diseases consult service nationwide.


    Davey lives in Woodstock, GA with his wife of 15 years and 4 children.  A youth mentor, he has coached baseball for 17 seasons at Hobgood Baseball and is an instructor, guitarist, and singer for the Angel Youth Choir in Woodstock.  He is a longstanding Board Member of the Georgia Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, serving as the Co-Chair of Organizational Affairs for the last five years.


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