Letter from the Board – March 2017

Our new President is off to a great start leading our executive board, committees and members through many activities. Thank you Lynette Moser for your excellent leadership! Welcome to our new board members beginning their term in 2017. Our new board members are Gladys Dabaja (president elect), Stephanie Edwin (secretary), Carrie Nemerovski and Joanne MacDonald. We look forward to receiving renewed energy and new ideas from our new board members and officers.

Many thanks to our outgoing board members and officers that have served our society with extreme dedication to enhance the profession of pharmacy in Southeastern Michigan. Nadia Haque, Tom Smoot, Libby Carrier and Jessica Jones have served the society faithfully and their presence on the board will be missed.

We are receiving an increased amount of membership applications from technician members. Pharmacy technicians are a vital part of the pharmacy team and we welcome their participation in our professional society. SMSHP is committed to providing resources to both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to allow all of our members to be the most competent, highly skilled professionals providing pharmaceutical care in our region.

One of the current hot topics for health-system pharmacy relates to sterile compounding certification. Pharmacies that compound sterile products within the State of Michigan are required to receive a certification from a recognized accrediting organization. Many of our pharmacies have been surveyed for this certification within the past few weeks while others are expected to have their survey in the very near future. Chatter among pharmacy leaders in our region has indicated that most surveys are going very well. Southeastern Michigan has a long history of being a leader in health-system pharmacy, so it comes as no surprise that our pharmacy teams are on top of this demanding requirement for compounding certification. Job well done!

See you at the next continuing education dinner program.

Marc Guzzardo R.Ph., MBA
Director of Support Services | Director of Pharmacy
Ascension | Genesys Health System