The Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists (KSHP) is the membership organization that works on behalf of pharmacists in Kentucky who practice in hospitals and health systems. For 53 years, we have been on the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. Our advocacy efforts, publications, and educational offerings are designed to advance your practice as you improve patient care. If you haven't already please JOIN us in our efforts!
Mark Your Calendars
Friday, May 12, 2017
KSHP 2017 Spring Meeting
Louisville - Marriott Louisville East
Thursday, October 12 - Friday, October 13, 2017
KSHP 2017 Fall Meeting
Lexington - Griffin Gate Marriott
From the President
B.S. Pharm, BCPS
Leslie Kenney, B.S. Pharm, BCPS
Hello Fellow KSHP Members,
As the leaves fall and the season changes, so too has change fallen on KSHP. A new Board and President were installed at the Fall KSHP Meeting in October. I am pleased to be able to step into the President’s role with the organization in sound shape.
Already the Society’s committees, your Board and the membership are answering the call for action by formulating and implementing tactics to meet our strategic goals. One exciting enhancement is the new “dues auto-renewal” process. Members consistently ask for an automated way to pay dues, and now we have one! Please take advantage of this service by logging into your KSHP account and following the instructions for dues auto-renewal. You save time; the Society saves time. Everyone wins!
Since the recruiting and membership season is upon us, allow me to remind you of the value of your KSHP membership. First, the KSHP Fall Meeting was resoundingly successful with a record attendance of 436 participants. Excellent and diverse programming, supportive and informative exhibitors, and the inaugural year for regional residency showcase highlights the benefits bestowed upon attendees. Many attendees commented on the relevance of programming as well as ability to productively network. Second, your Society actively monitors legislation and advocates for your practice rights in Kentucky. As well, our affiliation with ASHP allows us a broader national reach to ensure that Kentucky practitioners are not left behind. A simple way to think about is to consider the complimentary roles that KSHP and ASHP serve toward gaining provider status laws and regulations. ASHP serves to provide a unified message and directive for provider status for all pharmacists, while KSHP educates our state officials and other stakeholders to ensure full implementation of the collaborative goal. Leadership development and growth and opportunities for involvement of our students and residents abound through committee work. All members are encouraged to visit the KSHP webpage to look for ways to get involved.
When asked, “why should I join KSHP?”, I try to restrain my enthusiasm while pointing out the distinguishing characteristic of KSHP among all pharmacists’ professional organizations. KSHP is your state professional organization that prioritizes advancement and protection of your practice rights in ways that are patient centric. In other words, KSHP focuses on the clinical aspects of delivery of patient care. All pharmacists and our patients benefit from the mission and goals of KSHP. KSHP promotes pharmacy as an essential component of the total healthcare system, and pharmacists as the primary providers of medication-related care. No group, specialty, business or otherwise is prioritized over the primary mission. I hope that you find this distinctive quality not only worth the financial support of your annual dues, but more important, worth the effort of your time to volunteer your talents. The Society runs on the efforts of our volunteers, and we need a diverse group to meet our goals. I will report more about the strategic plan and how we hope to meet our goals in my next newsletter segment. Until then, please renew your dues and consider ways to get more involved. As always, feel free to contact me or any member of the leadership team with your ideas. Your KSHP is well positioned to deliver another year of successes.