Official Newsjournal of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists

ICHP KeePosted

February 2019

Volume 45, Issue 1

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2016 Annual Meeting

KeePosted Info


ICHP Ambulatory Care Network

It's Back!


President's Message

Directly Speaking

New Practitioners Network

Leadership Profile

Government Affairs Report


College Connections

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy

Chicago State University College of Pharmacy


Welcome New Members!

Officers and Board of Directors

ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund (PAC) Contributors

Upcoming Events

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Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists
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Phone: (815) 227-9292
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Official Newsjournal of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists

Jacob Gettig

Jennifer Phillips

Scott Meyers

Trish Wegner

Amanda Wolff

ICHP Staff

Scott Meyers

Trish Wegner

Maggie Allen

Heidi Sunday


Jo Ann Haley

Jan Mark and Trisha Blassage

Amanda Wolff

Jim Owen

ICHP Mission Statement
Advancing Excellence in Pharmacy

ICHP Vision Statement
ICHP dedicates itself to achieving a vision of pharmacy practice where:
  • Pharmacists are universally recognized as health care professionals and essential providers of health care services.
  • Patients are aware of the training, skills, and abilities of a pharmacist and the fundamental role that pharmacists play in optimizing medication therapy.
  • Formally educated, appropriately trained, and PTCB certified pharmacy technicians manage the medication distribution process with appropriate pharmacist oversight.
  • Pharmacists improve patient care and medication safety through the development of effective public policies by interacting and collaborating with patients, other health care professionals and their respective professional societies, government agencies, employers and other concerned parties.
  • Evidence-based practices are used to achieve safe and effective medication therapies.
  • There are an adequate number of qualified pharmacy leaders within the pharmacy profession.
  • Pharmacists take primary responsibility for educating pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students, pharmacist peers, other health professionals, and patients about appropriate medication use.

KeePosted Vision
As an integral publication of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists, the KeePosted newsjournal will reflect its mission and goals. In conjunction with those goals, KeePosted will provide timely information that meets the changing professional and personal needs of Illinois pharmacists and technicians, and maintain high publication standards.

KeePosted is an official publication of, and is copyrighted by, the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP). KeePosted is published 10 times a year. ICHP members received KeePosted as a member benefit. All articles published herein represent the opinions of the authors and do not reflect the policy of the ICHP or the authors’ institutions unless specified. Advertising inquiries can be directed to ICHP office at the address listed above. Image disclaimer: The image used in the Pharmacy Tech Topics™ advertisement is the property of © 2016 Thinkstock, a division of Getty Images.

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ICHP Ambulatory Care Network
Coming August 2016!

Dear ICHP colleagues, we are truly excited and energized to announce the formation of the ICHP Ambulatory Care Network! All ICHP pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and student pharmacists with interest in the delivery of non-hospitalized patient care are welcome to join us in a journey to guide ambulatory practice advancement and advocacy efforts in Illinois. Our call to action is to bolster recognition of pharmacy as a critical element of the healthcare team to ensure the health and wellness of those patients we serve, across all healthcare settings.

Network participants will share responsibility to assess and identify ambulatory best practices in the state, foster collaborative research with ambulatory care practice sites, and solicit presentations and content for ICHP Spring and Fall meetings. Interested? Please contact Bryan McCarthy at or Ginny Nash at! Want more info? View the Network Guidelines. ICHP Ambulatory Care Network, coming August 2016 to a theater near you!

It's Back!
The ICHP Pharmacy Action “Auction With A Twist”

Last year’s “Toss for Treasure” fundraiser for the Illinois Pharmacy Action Fund at the ICHP Annual Meeting was a great success, but back by popular demand this year is the beloved “Auction With A Twist”! Truly the most successful of the ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund fundraising events, raising nearly $18,000 total the previous four times it was held!

To refresh your memories, or in case you’re new to ICHP this year, the “Auction With A Twist” is technically a Chinese auction featuring outstanding prizes donated by ICHP members, pharmacy departments, colleges of pharmacy and other friends of ICHP. A Chinese auction is a combination of a raffle and an auction. The difference between a raffle and a Chinese auction is that in a raffle with multiple prizes, there is one “hat” from which names are drawn for all prizes. That means you may win something you don’t want or need, but in a Chinese auction each prize has its own “hat” (or in our case a mason jar). This allows participants purchase their tickets and choose which prize or prizes to focus on, as opposed to having a first, second, or third prize, etc.

Each of the previous “Auctions With A Twist” featured more than 40 different prizes that included a flat screen TV; iPads; Microsoft Surface; iPod Touches; Apple TV; Kindles; Nooks; tickets to the White Sox, Cubs and Bulls; lawn chairs; text books; college logo gear; a weekend getaway; ICHP logo gear; handmade jewelry; golf clubs; a special round of golf; one-of-a-kind paintings; framed photographs; a variety of gift baskets and cards; and even a backyard cookout. The online “Pre-Auction” provides ICHP members who can’t get to the ICHP Annual Meeting with the same chances to win these great prizes. So everyone has a chance to win!  We would love to have you there on that Saturday of the Annual Meeting, so you can take possession of your prizes and immediately begin to enjoy them, but previous year’s online winners can verify that you can win and you will receive your prizes!

A great way to participate in this year’s Auction, is to team up with your ICHP colleagues to donate even bigger prizes by pooling contributions. A donation of $25 from you and 15 co-workers could purchase all kinds of great prizes: TVs, an iPad, Surface or the tablet of your choice. $50 donations from you and 9 of your colleagues could purchase a really large flat screen TV if you’re a savvy shopper! Providing a contribution from your pharmacy department will earn recognition and appreciation from all of your pharmacy colleagues, create some good-natured competition with other pharmacy departments around the state, and will still provide each contributor with the individual recognition as an ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund donor. Individual contributors are certainly welcomed, too. Whether the prize is a gift you’d like to win yourself or if you have a special talent, hobby or skill and want to share with your pharmacy colleagues, auction it off to help the ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund and the pharmacy profession. Gift baskets of all types, gift cards, spa visits, theater tickets, music CDs, movie DVDs, designer purses, sports memorabilia, and much more are reasonable individual gifts that will draw lots of attention and even more tickets from prospective prize winners. Your imagination is the only limit on what prizes will raise the most excitement at this year’s “Auction With A Twist”!

With the ICHP Annual Meeting held on September 15-17, the prizes should be received by ICHP no later than August 22nd so that we can photograph each prize and place it and a description on the ICHP website for “Pre-Auction” bidding that takes place two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Once you've decided what prize you're donating, please email us at so we can list your prize on the website. If you plan to provide a special prize and have logistical concerns, please contact the ICHP office (815-227-9292) for guidance. If you have a unique prize but aren’t sure it will draw the bids worthy of its value, give us a call, too. We’ll be happy to tell you what was hot and what was not in the past!

Tickets for the “Auction With A Twist” may be purchased online beginning on August 29th and ending on September 12th, or they may be purchased in person at the Annual Meeting all day Thursday and Friday, September 15th and 16th and until 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 17th. Tickets purchased online will be placed in the mason jars of your choice before the Annual Meeting, and the jars will be thoroughly shaken each day of the Annual Meeting and just before the drawing is made. Prize winners will be announced at the Saturday Awards Luncheon, but you need not be present to win.

Help us make this year’s “Auction With A Twist” an even greater success than in the past and hopefully win a prize or two of your own. It’s a fun way to get into the act of advocacy for the profession!



President's Message
Getting the Most out of Your Investment

by Jen Phillips, PharmD, BCPS, ICHP President

I just returned from another very successful ASHP Summer Meeting! This year’s conference was held in Baltimore, and the weather was (thankfully) stunning. Although I did get a chance to take in some of the sites, including the inner harbor and the 911 Memorial, I was primarily there to serve (with Noelle Chapman, Travis Hunerdosse, Ed Rainville, and Carrie Sincak) as an Illinois delegate to the ASHP House of Delegates (HOD). As always, I found the policy-making portion of the meeting to be highly energizing and fulfilling. Delegates from across the United States spent many hours considering and debating ASHP policies and position statements. In addition, I had the opportunity to collaborate with delegates from other states to make recommendations to ASHP for the next round of policy development. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to represent Illinois and participate in this important process.

In between the HOD sessions, caucuses, and planning sessions, I also had the chance to sneak in a bit of continuing education (CE) programming, and I am very glad that I did. I was thoroughly impressed with the programming. There were a number of very current and relevant topics and the speakers were very inspiring. The format for the ASHP Summer Meeting was changed a few years ago and now includes four distinct areas of focus. A series of CE programs are organized around the following themes:
  • Pharmacy, Practice, and Policy: intended for pharmacy leaders
  • The Informatics Institute: intended for IT personnel
  • The Medication Safety Collaborative: intended to draw a multi-disciplinary audience and discuss contemporary medication safety related issues
  • The Ambulatory Care Conference: intended for practitioners in the non-acute care setting
Although the meeting has four different tracks, participants are not obligated to stick with one track. I attended sessions in all four areas. One of my favorite presentations was part of the Ambulatory Care track. The acclaimed speaker, author, and entrepreneur, Ty Bennett, led a session entitled “Partnership is the New Leadership: Effective Influence Strategies”. During this interactive presentation, Ty first asked the audience to think about a person they knew who influenced them and to think about what kind of qualities that person had. Audience gave suggestions such as: persuasive, passionate, and having integrity. Ty listened patiently to our suggestions and then he gave his own suggestion – “investment”. He pointed out that often times, the most effective influencers are those who “invest” in people and by invest, he didn’t mean money. He meant actually taking the time to listen to people, coach them, help them, and share in their successes and defeats. He talked about the value of actually listening versus just waiting for your turn to speak. He encouraged us to try to be interested versus interesting and to try to ask two follow-up questions to every comment made by the person we are conversing with. These seemingly small gestures can help build deeper and more meaningful relationships, which can help both parties get the most return on their “investment” in each other.

Imagine how strong our relationships could become if we all used this “investment” strategy when interacting with other healthcare professionals, but especially when interacting with students and residents. Yes, it will require more time and energy, but the return on investment might be worth the effort. I can’t wait to start using some of Ty Bennett’s strategies to help strengthen existing and new relationships. Thanks to ASHP for providing such an interesting and enlightening presentation. I look forward to next year’s programming!

Directly Speaking
It’s Time for Legislative Courage

by Scott A. Meyers, Executive Vice President

Legislative courage seems to be a substance in shortage in today’s world. To say I’m disappointed, disgusted and disheartened is an understatement. And I don’t blame one party or the other, I blame our elected officials as a whole.

In case you live under a rock, Illinois is entering its second year without a balanced budget! Actually, it’s been longer than that since the budget was balanced and just two years without a passed budget of any kind. And as of the end of June, Congress won’t vote, up or down, gun control measures that make sense with minimal changes. They won’t even vote on the issue!

So what’s behind this lack of courage at the State and federal level, by both Democrats and Republicans? It’s not the fear of making a mistake. Every day that they fail to act one way or another is a mistake. It’s not for lack of understanding how the Illinois or American people feel, we’ve been calling for action for months on both issues. It’s the fear of not being re-elected! But with no actions or inadequate actions, why would we consider re-electing them anyway?

Maybe because we have no choice in many cases. For example, in my districts, there is no democratic challenger for Congress, Illinois Senate or Illinois House. Yes, I guess I live in a Republican district! But there are even more Democratic districts in Illinois as you can see from the current General Assembly make up. According to the website, we find that in Illinois this year, 91.1% of the State offices have incumbent candidates! In addition, in the primary election this past spring, 88% of the incumbents did not face a challenger, and 67% of the fall general elections will not even be contested by a second party candidate (Democrat won’t have a Republican challenger or vice versa). So in many cases, a majority of them, voters will not have a choice at all.

There are no pharmacists, physicians or nurses in the Illinois General Assembly at this time. I’m not aware of any on the ballot this year, but I haven’t looked long and hard yet. Would physicians or nurses be helpful to our causes? It’s hard to tell, but I suspect they wouldn’t be any worse than the current crew we have now.

This summer each of us has an opportunity to speak with our current elected leaders, and I’m sure there will be a wealth of fund-raising events to obtain access, but you have to take the time and spend the dime, or in most cases spend anywhere from $25 to $500 for that access. It’s time to let them know if you are as disappointed with them as I am, but you’ll have to do it with tact and finesse because chances are they will be re-elected since so many are without opponents.

Don’t pass up a chance to let them know you’re out there and make sure they know what you need as a pharmacist, pharmacy technician or pharmacy student from the State and from their office. Encourage them to take action and be honest about whether you support tax increases, program cuts or both. The current General Assembly is out of touch because people have given up. But a rise of voices from a broad variety of constituencies can wake them up and give them a reason to start taking action – action that helps the State. Action that will probably be felt by all constituencies to some extent, but no improvement is going to occur without some pain by everyone. The State of Illinois is in horrible shape, the US is not far behind, and it is all because of political gridlock and inaction! But if you don’t begin talking to your elected leaders, you can’t complain if things get worse. It’s time for all of us to have legislative courage!

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New Practitioners Network
The Ronald McDonald House: A Brunch of Opportunities

by Georgiana Ismail and Dalila Masic, P-3 Students, Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy

After waking up at 7 AM on a beautiful Sunday morning, we got ready and loaded our car with everything we needed, including 18 pounds of apples, 4 large packages of strawberries, and 3 quarts of orange juice. We made our way downtown, enthusiastic and excited, to help make and serve brunch to the families at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) by Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. As we eagerly discussed our plans for making the fruit salad and applauded ourselves for being so timely, our GPS was telling us something completely different. The closer we got to the city, the more traffic there seemed to be and it appeared as though every possible route to get to the RMH was closed off. Then we received notice that the Shamrock Shuffle 8k race was the same morning, so Grand Avenue was closed down for all the runners. After taking the longest detour we had ever experienced and making numerous wrong turns, we finally made it to the parking garage. But the journey didn’t end there because the garage was still a few blocks away from the RMH and if it wasn’t clear by now, neither of us are very good with directions. This was further proven as we made our way down Michigan Avenue, hauling the 18 pounds of fruit and multiple bags of juice against winds that were strong enough to knock us both over, we were confident we were going in the right direction – until we saw the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, that is. More determined now than ever, we took a quick break, turned around and walked the right way towards the RMH. 

When we finally arrived at the RMH downtown, we were so impressed to see a state-of-the-art kitchen in a scenic high-rise building. The kitchen was like every chef’s dream, containing all the appliances and utensils needed to prepare a successful and tasteful brunch. Once inside, we had the pleasure of meeting and working with pharmacists and pharmacy residents practicing at Northwestern Memorial Hospital along with multiple students from Midwestern, UIC, Roosevelt and Rosalind Franklin. The whole team worked together to successfully prepare all of the brunch entrees and sides. Once we chopped up and prepared our fruit salad, we went over to the pancake station and helped the pharmacy crew there make chocolate chip pancakes. Overall, everyone worked very well together to produce the final outcome. The buffet-style brunch included scrambled eggs, bacon, egg casserole, pancakes, breakfast potatoes, fruit salad, pastries and juice. In between cooking and laughing, we had to opportunity to network with one another and share our passion for pharmacy. As the RMH families started to arrive to the kitchen, one by one, we began to notice the incredible effect that a simple brunch was making in their lives. Each and every family kindly expressed how grateful they were that we took time out of our day in order to brighten up theirs. Their gratitude was overwhelming; showing us that sometimes it only takes a couple of hours to really make an impact in someone’s life. 

Once we finished cleaning up the kitchen, we were given the opportunity to take a tour of the RMH. We visited floors that were incredibly decorated to represent the donating party, such as the “Cubs” den and “White Sox” balcony play place. We also got to see what the standard room looked like, each stocked up with a bag filled with daily necessities and a journal to write inspirational thoughts and quotes in for the next family to read. Amenities such as laundry, television, and daily children activities, are also given to the families. Not only did we get to see how beautiful and comfortable of a home was built for these families, but we also learned about how the house stays running. A common misconception is that the majority of the operating finances come directly from McDonald’s, when in reality only about 10-12% of the money comes from McDonald’s. Although this is still a lot of income and the RMH is very appreciative of it, the primary reason why the house runs is because of volunteers like us. The RMH only has about 20 staff members that are actually on payroll, while everyone else is a volunteer. The house gets over 60 volunteers each and every day organizing events, like our brunch, or simply helping clean after a day full of activities. There are also some individuals and groups that donate supplies to the RMH when their time cannot be offered. Families that stay at the RMH are typically referred to the house by Lurie Children’s Hospital and there is a suggested $10 donation per night stay. However, volunteers like us make it possible for families to stay together in difficult times without any additional financial burden.  

As volunteers, the appreciation that we received from the families is a huge reward in itself. However, the benefit of networking with others is often underestimated. In fact, networking allows pharmacy students and pharmacists to cultivate new relationships and allows students to receive advice merely from a different perspective. Whether you are curious about pursuing post-graduate education or just have a question about pharmacy, events like these make it easy for us to reach out to pharmacists that were in our shoes not too long ago.

Overall, we had a great and rewarding experience serving brunch at the RMH by Lurie Children’s Hospital and we hope to continue making strong and long-lasting impacts in other people’s lives, along with fellow ICHP students and pharmacists. 

Leadership Profile
Bryan McCarthy, PharmD, MS, BCPS

What is your current leadership position in ICHP?
This fall, I am excited and proud to have been selected to establish and co-chair the ICHP Ambulatory Care Network alongside Virginia (Ginny) Nash.

What benefits do you see in being active in a professional association such as ICHP?
ICHP shares timely, relevant pharmacy practice resources that make our professional lives easier, and also is a reliable sounding board of great, receptive, knowledgeable colleagues across the state.  

What initially motivated you to get involved in ICHP?
As a new practitioner in the state, I was very interested in building a local professional network.

Where did you go to pharmacy school?
University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy ‘10

Where have you trained or worked? 
Following graduation from the University of Rhode Island, I became the inaugural PGY1/PGY2 Health System Pharmacy Administration Resident at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. This residency program was concurrent with M.S. degree coursework in Social and Administrative Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. At the conclusion of residency training, I joined the University of Chicago Medicine pharmacy team, and have since served in a variety of roles overseeing quality, outcomes, and ambulatory care.

What special accomplishments have you achieved?
During residency training, I created a limited liability corporation with the support of many advisors and colleagues, PharmD Press. Within this capacity, I served as the founding editor of Journal of Health-System Pharmacy Residents (JHPR) through product acquisition by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. JHPR continues on as AJHP Residents Edition, a quarterly online supplement to the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.

Describe your current area of practice and practice setting.
As assistant director of ambulatory clinical and infusion services, I am responsible for strategic, fiscal, clinical, and operational oversight of our anticoagulation management services, specialty pharmacy services, and a number of outpatient oncology infusion center pharmacies both in existence and currently in development.  

Is there an individual you admire or look up to, or a mentor that has influenced your career?
The positive influences of many, many people have impacted my ability to make successful contributions in team-based environments today.  Dr. Raymond Mastriani, then regional clinical science manager for AstraZeneca, made it most-clear to me that future opportunities would be most robust after pursuit of residency training. Mr. Bruce Thompson, then director of pharmacy at Hennepin County Medical Center, believed in me and provided that incredible residency training opportunity. Lastly, Dr. Jennifer Tryon, then executive director of pharmacy at the University of Chicago Medicine, most inspired and accelerated my learning curve in leadership and service to the profession.

What advice would you give to student pharmacists?
I often pass on advice provided to me over breakfast in the South Loop of Chicago by Stan Kent, former vice president of pharmacy services for NorthShore Health System, “Work hard, and be nice to people.”

What pharmacy related issues keep you up at night?
To my knowledge and in my opinion, there are not enough accountable care organizations across the country that are successfully adapting to rapidly changing healthcare reimbursement environments with recognized, outside-the-box integration of pharmacists into newly developing multi-disciplinary transitions-in-care team processes. In the absence of widespread evolving knowledge and awareness of the pharmacist value equation in this environment among health system executive leadership teams, the profession may have narrowed opportunities in the future.

Do you have any special interests or hobbies outside of work?
Outside of work, I consider myself a basketball player, world traveler, and Chicago fun activity consumer.

Do you have a favorite restaurant or food?
Chicago has so much to offer when it comes to great food. The chicken wings are no exception, for which I jokingly consider myself a connoisseur. For can’t miss wings, check out the Fifty/50 and Crisp.

What is your favorite place to vacation?
Over the past few years, I consider myself incredibly lucky to have seen the cultures of western Europe, eastern Europe, and Japan. However, as my annual childhood summer vacation destination, Cape Cod will forever have a special place in my heart.

What is the most interesting/unique fact about yourself that few people know?
In my hometown of Albany, NY and among college friends, I am better known by the nickname of “Buddy.”

What 3 adjectives would people use to best describe you?
Honest, challenging, appreciative.

Government Affairs Report
Well, if you wait long enough!

by Jim Owen and Scott Meyers

We have a stop gap budget of sorts. The Poison Center can carry on for another year, and hospitals and other health care providers will see some more payments. But not much else has been done by the Illinois General Assembly, and we don’t expect any long term solutions until after the November election – maybe! It has been a less than productive year in Springfield.

We would like to report more, but there just isn’t any more to report. Yes, the Medical Cannabis Act was revised again and as mentioned last month, there is a new requirement to report pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who have been terminated for endangering public safety. Also, the voluntary locking prescription closure pilot study was extended for another year, even though very few will participate if rules are ever written for it. As far as pharmacy goes, that’s about it!

So maybe it’s a good thing that the ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund Auction With A Twist returns to this year’s Annual Meeting! This political fund raiser might be just the medicine pharmacy needs to facilitate some change in Springfield. Or at least some action down there! So now is the time to put together your department’s team or a team of your friends to donate a great prize. Details on the Auction can be found in the this issue of KeePosted, and we’ve also sent out an email blast soliciting your help. We encourage each pharmacy department to consider participating this year! Contributions to the ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund or the Auction With A Twist, help our voice to be heard in Springfield!


Congratulations to ICHP member, Ed Rainville, on receiving recognition as a Fellow of ASHP!

College Connections

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy
The Inaugural Million Pair Initiative

by Jessica Lorenson, PS-4, Community Outreach Chair

“You have cancer.” One sentence changes the lives of millions of people in an instant. In an effort to lift the veil of cancer and provide for people in the poorest countries on Earth, our chapter teamed up with The Half Fund Organization. The Half Fund is a nonprofit organization based in St. Louis, Missouri whose aim is to educate people about the realities of a cancer diagnosis and become a beacon of light and support. 

The founder of The Half Fund and cancer survivor, Dan Duffy, was filming outreach efforts by another organization, Soles for Souls in Haiti following the devastating earthquake. While on assignment, he saw what an incredible impact a single pair of shoes could make. Most striking was a story he shared about a mother so malnourished, she was unable to feed her baby. Using a donated pair of shoes as currency, she was able to trade for a goat and provide milk the baby so desperately needed. Inspired by this story, Dan found a charity organization that contributed money for every shoe donation. He also set an incredible goal, to donate one million pairs of shoes to various countries all over the world and use the money matched to provide cancer education. 

Motivated by The Half Fund’s initiative, our SSHP chapter set up a shoe drive. There was an overwhelming response from our students and faculty members. Even more humbling, our students reached out to their families and coworkers, involving our local community. The shoe drive was quite a success, with over 150 pairs of shoes contributed. The Half Fund is well on their way, having collected almost 150,000 pairs of shoes to date, and the SIUE SSHP chapter looks forward to many more collaborative drives in the future.

Chicago State University College of Pharmacy
There is Always Time for Growth

by Anolan Garcia Hernandez, PS-4

As I reflect on the last few years, I am amazed by how much I have grown both personally and professionally during my time in pharmacy school. I think about that young lady who came into Chicago State for an interview, and now I am merely months away from graduation. I was astonished by the city and the extremely cold weather. I faced travel inconveniences with snow, traffic, and lack of experience on what to do in these circumstances. The only thing I knew was that I was not going to allow these obstacles to take control and negatively impact my future. I made a vow to myself to succeed!

Moving to a new city was not easy; this marked the first step in this development process. I started meeting new people, creating different connections, and getting myself involved in different activities. I remember being a shy student during my first year of school. I spent most of that year learning about various school organizations as a member. I was making sure I was familiarizing myself with my goals and being selective before deciding if I would like to become an organization officer. I participated in student health fairs and volunteered at many different events where I was able to network with other students from other pharmacy schools.

One event that was extremely important to my professional development was participating in the 8th and 9th Annual Pharmacy Legislative Days. During both my first and second year, I participated in this activity. I was able to witness the role of a pharmacist acting as an advocate for important laws that affect our profession.  I had never thought about this side of health care prior to attending. Furthermore, this activity provided me with another avenue to network not just with other students but with leadership within ICHP and IPhA. 

Since the first day of school, we have listened to many professors and administrators tells us how important is to be involved in organizations while at school and after graduation. I was an active member of Student Society Health-System Pharmacist, Phi Delta Chi Fraternity, American Association Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), and American Pharmacists Association- Academy of Student Pharmacists. As part of my personal and professional growth, I decided to become a member of the executive board of SSHP and AAPS student chapters at Chicago State University. These positions helped me develop skills that I was not even aware I possessed. I am so thankful to have had these opportunities and for all the amazing people who supported me as part of these two e-boards. 

Now as I start my Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences, I can clearly see how much I have changed. I have gone from the shy student who preferred to pass unnoticed to the individual who now always looks forward to meeting new colleagues and helping to advance our profession. I am glad I decided to follow this pathway. I proudly represent my school and feel thankful for all I have learned from everyone. I now see that while growth can be a bit intimidating, it is always a good thing!


Welcome New Members!

New Member Recruiter
Khalil Rabie
Viktorija Barr
Mileta Kemeza
Maya Beganovic Jennifer Phillips
Lorna Pryor Scott Meyers
Rob Southard
Justina Damiani
Kwang Yoon
Aisha Harris Shelia Harris
Darren Le
Irshad Hasan
Andrea Padan
William Torricelli Tamra Davidson

Officers and Board of Directors


Immediate Past President




Director, Educational Affairs

Director, Marketing Affairs

Director, Professional Affairs
217-544-6464 ext.44660

Director, Organizational Affairs 

Director, Government Affairs

Chairman, House of Delegates

Technician Representative

Chairman, Committee on Technology 

Chairman, New Practitioners Network

Editor & Chairman, KeePosted Committee 
630-515-7324 fax: 630-515-6958 

Assistant Editor, KeePosted 

Executive Vice President, ICHP Office 

Regional Directors

Regional Director North

Regional Director Central 

Co-Regional Director South

Co-Regional Director South
618-643-2361 x2330
Student Chapter Presidents

President, Student Chapter
University of IL C.O.P. 

President, Rockford Student Chapter 
University of IL C.O.P.

President, Student Chapter
Midwestern University C.O.P.

President, Student Chapter 
Chicago State University C.O.P.

President, Student Chapter 
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville S.O.P

President, Student Chapter 
Roosevelt University C.O.P.

President, Student Chapter 
Rosalind Franklin University C.O.P.

ICHP Affiliates 

President, Northern IL Society (NISHP)

President, Metro East Society (MESHP) 

President, Sangamiss Society

President, West Central Society (WSHP)

Vacant Roles at Affiliates — 
President, Rock Valley Society; Southern IL Society; Sugar Creek Society

ICHP Pharmacy Action Fund (PAC) Contributors

Names below reflect donations between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016. Giving categories reflect each person's cumulative donations since inception.

ADVOCACY ALLIANCE - $2500-$10000
Kevin Colgan
Edward Donnelly
James Owen Consulting, Inc.
Frank Kokaisl
Scott Meyers
Michael Novario
Michael Weaver
Thomas Westerkamp

LINCOLN LEAGUE - $1000-$2499
Scott Bergman
Andrew Donnelly
Ginger Ertel
Linda Fred
Ann Jankiewicz
Jan Keresztes
Kathy Komperda
Despina Kotis
William McEvoy
Christina Quillian
Michael Rajski
Carrie Sincak
Avery Spunt
JoAnn Stubbings
Patricia Wegner

CAPITOL CLUB - $500-$999
Margaret Allen
Sheila Allen
Rauf Dalal
Kenneth Foerster
Leonard Kosiba
George MacKinnon
Janette Mark
Mary Lynn Moody
Jennifer Phillips
Edward Rainville
Kathryn Schultz
Jill Warszalek

Jennifer Arnoldi
Peggy Bickham
Jaime Borkowski
Scott Drabant
Brad Dunck
Nancy Fjortoft
Jo Ann Haley
Travis Hunerdosse
Kim Janicek
Mary Lee
Ronald Miller
Karen Nordstrom
Peggy Reed
Heidi Sunday
Tara Vickery Gorden
Carrie Vogler
Marie Williams

Jill Borchert
Noelle Chapman
Kathy Cimakasky
Christopher Crank
Lara Ellinger
Jennifer Ellison
Joan Hardman
Dylan Marx
Katherine Miller
James Sampson
Jerry Storm
Brandi Strader
Amanda Wolff

Katrina Althaus
Rebecca Castner
Megan Hartranft
Christina Jacob
Bella Maningat
Brian Matthews
Bill Middleton
Mark Moffett
Nadia Tancredi

Marc Abel
Skylar Boldue
Jeremy Capulong
Antoinette Cintron
Janet Engle
Linda Grider
Heather Harper
Ina Henderson
Antoine Jenkins
Levi Karell Pilones
Josie Klink
Connie Larson
Barbara Limburg-Mancini
Michelle Martin
Natalie Schwarber
Sarah Sheley
David Silva
Helen Sweiss
Steve Tancredi
Karin Terry

Upcoming Events

Visit the ICHP Calendar for the most up-to-date events!Visit the ICHP Calendar for the most up-to-date events!

Friday, July 15, 2016
WCSHP and Sangamiss Networking Event
Dozer Park | Peoria, IL
Tickets are $8. For more information or to request tickets, contact Ed Rainville, at

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Franchesca's on Taylor | Chicago, IL

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 | 5:00pm
David Nguyen, PharmD, BCPS
MESHP Program
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital | Belleville, IL

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | 12:00pm
Gary Peksa, PharmD, BCPS
LIVE Champion Webinar

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Certificate Training Program hosted by IPhA
IPhA Office | Springfield, IL
Accredited for pharmacists | Up to 21.0 credit hours (2.1 CEUs)
Hosted by Illinois Pharmacists Association. ICHP members may use discount code ICHP2016 to receive the member price. Membership will be verified.

Thursday, September 15 - Saturday, September 17, 2016
Drury Lane | Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 12:00pm
Margaret Heger, PharmD
LIVE Champion Webinar

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