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  • 05/24/2023 2:46 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

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  • 05/17/2023 10:24 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Dear VSHP members,

    It is with a heavy heart I share with you that R. D. “Andy” Anderson passed away on May 12, 2023.  He was 97 years old. 

    Mr. Anderson was born in Dante, Virginia on November 22, 1925.  As a teen he worked in the town’s drugstore, then enrolling in Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy.  His studies were interrupted by World War II in 1944 and he joined the 95th Infantry Division, Company L, 377th Infantry Regiment.  Upon completion of his service, he returned to his studies and graduated in 1947.  Mr. Anderson was named staff pharmacist and assistant clinical professor of pharmacy at MCV Hospital.  He subsequently served as Chief Pharmacist at King's Daughters' Hospital, Assistant Director of Pharmacy Services at Ohio State University Hospital, Director of Pharmacy Services and acting administrator at Waynesboro Community Hospital.  In 1955 he co-founded the Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists and became our first Society President.

    Mr. Anderson went on to be President of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists in 1971 and was named the Harvey A. K. Whitney Lecture Award winner in 1976.  He was also an ASHP Fellow, VSHP Pharmacist of the Year, recipient of the Warren E. Weaver Service Award, and the Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award from the Medical College of Virginia Alumni Association.  VSHP created an award in his honor to recognize excellence in health system pharmacy practice leadership in 2005, for which he was the first recipient.  Due to the high level of excellence required, there have only been 8 recipients since its creation.

    Mr. Anderson is survived by his brother, John; his son, Donald; stepdaughter, Deborah; daughter-in-law, Nancy; two grandsons, Ryan, Matthew and his wife, Nicole, and their daughter, Riley.  His legacy will live on through the work of his friends at VSHP, who continue to Anderson’s work of inspiring innovative pharmacy practice by promoting education, advocacy and collaboration to help people achieve optimal health outcomes.

    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 27, 2023 at the Waynesboro Mennonite Church.


    Harvey A. K. Whitney Lecture:

    ASHP Article from 2020:


    With love and compassion as we experience this significant loss,

    Kathy Koehl

    VSHP President

  • 04/19/2023 10:56 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Left to Right

    Rodney Stiltner is currently the Director of Pharmacy Services with the VCU Health System.  He graduated from pharmacy school at Mercer University in 1994, after which he completed a 1-year Pharmacy Practice Residency followed by a 2-year Pharmacy Administration Residency.  He later became involved in VSHP in 1998, while serving in a leadership position in what was the MCV Hospital System, which would later become the VCU Health System. He had previously been involved in 2 other state pharmacy organizations prior to Virginia, while in West Virginia and Wisconsin, where he began to grow his networking skills.  With respect to VSHP, Rodney first served as Regional President and later with 2 terms as VSHP President.  He has contributed his time heavily to both ASHP and the School of Pharmacy, been involved with VPhA, Novation, Premier, The Advisory Council, Board of Health Professions, PMP Advisory Council, Fresenius Kabi and currently serves as the Virginia Pharmacy Congress Chair.

    Cindy Williams has been actively engaged in VSHP for two decades, essentially have of her career in pharmacy. She has held several elected offices, including Board Member-At-Large and President. She has represented VSHP members by serving as a delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates. She has frequently shared her insights participation on several committees, and disseminated best practices through presentations at seminars and webinars. In addition to her formal leadership positions, she has also served as an informal leader, recruiting others to the organization. She has always asked how can she help, and certainly has delivered on her promises. Outside of VSHP, Cindy advocates for pharmacy on other state and national organizations. She has been recognized for her contributions and efforts in many other arenas as well.

    Matt Jenkins has led a progressive leadership career. He has held several elected offices, including President and Regional President. Through his progressive leadership career, he worked closely with the Board of Pharmacy to propose and receive approval for two innovative pilot programs, and also lead the adoption of smart pump interoperability, the first implementation for the state. Matt also serves on several national committees and consistently contributes to the lierature, further increasing the impact of his contributions. Matt is a natural mentor and anyone who has worked closely with him can speak to his fierce passion for his mentees.

    Over his 40 years of service to VSHP, Craig Kirkwood has held all but 2 elected positions in the organization.  These are treasurer and member at large, in case you were interested.  Reviewing Craig’s CV was a daunting task, it demonstrates over 4 decades of progressive leadership experience, research, publications, and teaching.  Craig is currently the Associate Director for Pharmacotherapy Services and Residency Program Coordinator and preceptor at VCU health system.  In addition, he coordinates the teaching and learning certificate program for resident across the state.  In addition to his service to VSHP, he has been on the ASHP house of delegates 3 times, on multiple ASHP Section advisory committees and workgroups. 

    Francine Farnsworth has been involved with advancing the pharmacy profession for over 20 years. She has transitioned from a clinical pharmacy practitioner, to pharmacy administrator and leader, and now into the remote world of a virtual clinical pharmacist.  Francine has been in VSHP leadership roles as regional president and as State president as well as the same for the Delaware society.  She has been involved with the Jennifer E Stallings Clinical skills competition and has been a recipient of the VSHP R. David Anderson Distinguished Leadership Award and presidential award. Francine has also been a residency program director and has mentored many health care professional students in her distinguished career. Francine is also a fellow of ASHP.

    Stephen LaHaye is currently serving as a Senior Consultant for the Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD).  He began his career after graduating Pharmacy School, serving as an officer in the United States Air Force from 1991 until 1995.  Next, he moved to the Richmond, Virginia area where he worked in Health System Pharmacy for several years.  It was during this time he first joined VSHP.  Next he relocated to Louisiana, where at that time he served as President of the North Louisiana Society of Health System Pharmacy.  Several years later, Stephen returned to Virginia and shortly thereafter served as VSHP Region President.  He followed this up by next serving as a VSHP Delegate to ASHP and then as VSHP President.  In 2011 he was selected as VSHP Pharmacist of the Year.  He continued to serve VSHP as a Delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates for several years as well as showing his support by attending several VSHP and ASHP Legislative days.  He next spent a 3-year stent representing VSHP on the ASHP Commission to Affiliate Relations

    Alexis Crawford can trace her VSHP participation back to her student days when she competed int the Jennifer E Stallings College Bowl.  Since that time, she has been a very active member of the society.  Alexis has coordinated the last 8 College Bowls for VSHP, in addition to serving as Education Committee Chair.  Alexis received the New Practitioner award in 2014, was awarded a VSHP grant in 2020, and has been an active mentor for students and new practitioners.  Education is certainly a passion for Alexis, who currently serves on faculty at VCU School of Pharmacy, and who previously served as a residency preceptor and coordinator for Bon Secours.  

    Rebeccah Collins has been a VSHP member since 1996. She has been a chair and/or member of the education committee, professional practice committee, PAC and a regional president. She is the current chair of the Resident and Student Advisory Committee.  Rebeccah has been advancing the pharmacy profession acting as a pharmacy residency program director, IPPE and APPE preceptor as well as associate clinical professor for pharmacy, family practice and physician’s assistant programs. She has been awarded VCU School of Pharmacy Preceptor of the Year and mentor award. 

  • 04/19/2023 10:31 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Lydia Georgy, PharmD, CDCES, BCMTMS for the first place entry in Pharmacist category our Poster Session at the Spring Seminar

  • 04/19/2023 10:25 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Maddie Sodikoff, PharmD, PGY1 Resident at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare for the first place entry in Resident category our Poster Session at the Spring Seminar

  • 02/03/2023 9:42 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP is hosting a Poster Competition at VSHP Spring Seminar 2023

    VSHP Members are invited to submit abstract and poster in 1 of the following









    Pharmacy Resident



    Pharmacy Student



    Pharmacy Technician

    General Information:





    Accepted posters will be displayed at the VSHP 2023 Spring Seminar


    March 30-April 1, 2023


    Virginia Crossings Hotel, Glen Allen, VA



    Primary author for each pharmacy resident, pharmacy student, and pharmacy technician poster submission will receive free registration for the 2023 VSHP Spring Seminar.



    All presenters must be registered for the VSHP 2023 Spring Seminar, at minimum for the day of the presentation.



    Primary author for one submission in the pharmacy resident, pharmacy student, and pharmacy technician poster categories will be eligible to win a $100 award and a recognition certificate from the VSHP Educational Affairs Committee



    Primary author for pharmacist poster category will be eligible to win a recognition certificate from the VSHP Educational Affairs Committee



    Only 1 submission per member is permitted as primary author.  A member may be a co-author for multiple abstract and poster submissions.

    More information

  • 01/27/2023 5:29 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)
    VSHP and VPhA hosted another successful Legislative Day event on January 18, 2023 at the State Capitol in Richmond, VA.


    We advocated for the following bills:

         HB2274 (Kilgore)/SB948 - Test/Treat/Refer for Flu/Strep/COVID/UTI following statewide protocols

         Jan 19th status:

         HB2274 reported out of subcommittee to full HWI (5Y/4N)

         SB948 reported out of subcommittee to full Senate (14Y/0N)

         Senate bill pending submission (Pillion) - Virginia Medicaid provider status

         HB1835 (Bell) - Enhances penalties for threats against healthcare providers


    VSHP also provided education to legislators on safe medication handling and the consequences that white bagging has on patient care.


    Many thanks to the VSHP members who traveled to Richmond to join us. The joint efforts with our VPhA colleagues are making a difference! Check out the social media posts tagged with #VARxAdvocacy2023 for more pictures.


    Call to Action!

    HB2274 needs your help!  Please reach out to your Delegate to encourage them to support the bill when it arrives to them.  The following delegates will see the bill next in the HWI committee and we fear a tight vote:  Orrock, Head, Bell, Hodges, Edmunds, Robinson, Walker, Fariss, Cherry, Scott (Phillip), March, Wachsmann, Sickles, Hope, Price, Hayes, Delaney, Adams (Dawn), Guzman, Tran, Willett, Hudson.


    Find your legislator:


    We will continue to track all legislation as it is submitted and will send further Calls to Action as the need arises.


    We look forward to hosting another successful event at next year’s Pharmacy Legislative Day!


    Your Legislative Committee


  • 01/12/2023 9:27 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    The Primer was conducted virtually on 1/11/2023 to assist members in gaining familiarity with the Legislative Day experience.  Legislative Day is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18.

    Attached are the slides from the presentation.

    legislative day primer 2023.pdf

  • 12/23/2022 8:19 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Attention ASHP Pharmacists members in Virginia:

    The ballot for election of Virginia delegates to the ASHP House were emailed on 12/22. If you did not receive yours, please email


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