Utah society of health-system Pharmacists
A message from USHP President, Brian Bothwell...
Happy Spring from USHP!
I'm in surprisingly good company for someone living in the middle of nowhere. Utah ranks in the bottom 10 for population density in the United States, so small hospitals such as mine actually dot the map throughout Utah. In fact, out of the 63 hospitals in the State, 23 of them exist outside of the large metropolitan areas to serve rural communities! Since I've joined USHP, I'm grateful for USHP as an organization that represents all health systems and hospitals throughout Utah (large and small) and helps me stay connected to Pharmacists 400 miles away that I can learn from to improve care for patients in my community.
At USHP, we continue to grow and evolve to meet the current needs in Utah. Last year, due to the pandemic, we got the opportunity to reimagine the Midwinter Meeting Series. With USHP already offering three robust CE events each year, we focused more on advocacy and networking efforts. We are excited to continue that effort again this year! Our Advocacy Committee does an incredible job of updating our Bill Tracker throughout the legislative session, so you know what Bills are affecting pharmacy practice. USHP provides links to the bill itself, details of the bill to inform of its impact, and a position on whether we support, oppose, or are neutral. Please utilize this valuable information to speak to your legislators!
We also wanted a forum for Pharmacy Directors to collaborate, so we have a Pharmacy Directors Network Meeting on Thursday, February 24th at 2 pm via Zoom. If you're a Pharmacy Director, please join us to meet fellow Pharmacy Directors, stay informed on what's happening throughout Utah, and discuss ideas to improve patient care. We'll also have a guest speaker from our Advocacy Committee educate us on all the pharmacy-related Bills in the current legislative session. Don't miss out!
We've got a lot happening over the next few months and a lot of benefits coming your way. See you all at the next event!
Thanks everyone and see you at our next event!
Brian Bothwell, PharmD, BCPS
USHP President (2021-2022)