Greetings, VSHP members!
As my year as VSHP President comes to a close, I would like to thank you all for allowing me to represent our organization. VSHP advocated with a strong voice at the state and national level for a number of important issues this year, including expanding pharmacist and pharmacy technician scope of practice, enhancing pharmacy technician training, as well as taking a patient-centric stance on drug importation and disposal. I have been proud to sign as the representative of our membership to support these issues and I am proud of the progress we’re making and the results we’ve achieved.
The past few months have presented a multitude of unexpected challenges for health system pharmacy. VSHP remains committed to supporting our members – from providing resources for managing COVID-19 responses, to hosting a residency platform presentation program, as well as developing a number of virtual continuing education webinars, VSHP is encouraging our members to continue learning and collaborating in a time of social distancing. Given the dynamic situation regarding group gatherings, VSHP is also developing strategies and contingency plans to ensure we will continue providing value to our membership, but we’re definitely looking forward to when we can all come together again in person to collaborate and network with our colleagues.
I’d like to close by thanking all the outgoing VSHP Board members for their service, and welcoming the incoming Board members to their roles. Additionally, I’d like to recognize and thank all the committee chairs and our executive director Steve Glass for their efforts over the past year, and in particular send a big thank you to Cindy Williams for her leadership and support of all things VSHP as she finishes her three years on the Executive Board. A volunteer organization like ours gains its strength from its volunteers, and VSHP is privileged to have so many members willing to sacrifice their time to support the mission of educating, advocating, and collaborating across the Commonwealth. If you would like to expand your involvement with VSHP, please consider joining a committee, becoming a mentor, submitting an education session proposal, applying for a grant, donating to the PAC, or running for the Board of Directors next year – participation in VSHP has been the most enriching time I’ve spent in my professional life, and I believe it will be for you as well!
VSHP Immediate Past-President