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Pharmacy Heroes: Role Models and Mentors

Published Online: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
What makes someone a hero? That is a question anyone from any walk of life could ask themselves. It is worth contemplating. As the owner of a multimedia publishing company, I have come across medical professionals who abundantly deserve this title—and deserve to be recognized by their peers. In fact, we’ve invested our time and resources in honoring outstanding individuals in both pharmacy and medicine with 2 unique national awards programs—the Next-Generation Pharmacist awards ( and Giants of Cancer Care (—to recognize innovation and success in these fields.

One of the many reasons we believe so strongly in showcasing such individuals is to give us the opportunity to tell their stories—so that others might be inspired to aspire to greater heights in their own careers. When you read about someone who has accomplished a major feat or created something unique, sometimes overcoming odds to accomplish this, their story can be an inspiration.

One of the values that drive excellence is the real desire to always do better, individually and collectively, and in essence, that’s what makes someone a hero. The person who strives for more, and sets himself or herself apart by personal perseverance, ingenuity, and a commitment to set goals, is a role model and mentor for others. And in this country, anyone can be a hero—it’s what sets us apart from other places in the world. Entrepreneurship, hard work, and results are part of our fabric. 

We challenge our own associates to go the extra mile, delve deeper, and in our industry, create the very best publications, websites, meetings, and webinars to improve the quality of life for patients. These products provide the medical profession, including pharmacists and physicians, with the most relevant, insightful, and current information they can use in their practices with the goal of advancing patient care. Pharmacy Times brings pharmacists a wealth of information they can use in their everyday practice. Our website brings daily news and trends that help shape the profession. And, in this issue, we also offer the story of heroes in pharmacy—see “Pharmacy Heroes” on page 56.

In that same vein, we encourage pharmacists to think about that hero, the innovator, and the inspiration, and invite you to participate in our pharmacy awards program, now in motion. Go ahead and nominate a deserving pharmacist, student, and technician in the fifth annual Next-Generation Pharmacist awards to honor and celebrate the heroes of pharmacy—so we can tell their stories, too. You’ll find all the details on

 Thank you for reading!

Mike Hennessy
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer
Mike Hennessy, Chairman and CEO
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Mike Hennessy shares his views and perspectives on issues that affect pharmacists.
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ABOUT MIKE HENNESSY, President, Chairman, CEO

Mike Hennessy is President, Chairman, and CEO of MJH & Associates and Intellisphere, LLC, publisher of influential journals in health care, finance, and politics, including Pharmacy Times. Pharmacy Times is a clinically based, monthly journal providing practical information pharmacists can use in their everyday practice. Each issue contains articles and features covering medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management watches, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law, and specialty pharmacy. Pharmacy Times is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of free continuing pharmacy education.

As a businessman, entrepreneur, and publisher of magazines, iPad editions, projects, and Web sites that focus on the needs of health care professionals, Hennessy is intimately familiar with the challenges these professionals face every day in today's competitive practice environment. News & Views: Hennessy's Highlights dissects health care policy issues, the impact of pharmacy on national health care, and the critical issues that concern pharmacists as the new health care reform legislation is debated.

As publisher of Pharmacy Times, Mr. Hennessy launched the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards in partnership with Parata Systems, to recognize the achievements of pharmacists in health care. "As the leader in pharmacy publishing, Pharmacy Times is shining a light on the critical role of the pharmacist in today's health care world and providing invaluable insight into the profession," Mike Hennessy, chairman, chief executive officer, and president said. "We are proud to recognize individual pharmacists in this 2nd annual awards program."

Pharmacy Times is published by Intellisphere, LLC, a leading provider of health care publishing, research, information, and education. Operating within both traditional and digital media channels, Intellisphere serves the needs of health care professionals through an extensive suite of magazines, journals, e-mail databases, Web sites, events and personal meetings. Intellisphere reaches more than half a million health care professionals through Pharmacy Times, Specialty Pharmacy Times, The American Journal of Managed Care, The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, MDNG,, Oncology & Biotech News, Oncology Net Guide, Contemporary Oncology, and Oncology Net Guide: Nurses' Edition.
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