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The Unsung Heroes of Health Care

Published Online: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
With this fall edition, we take great pride in recognizing the unsung heroes of health care—the pharmacists who provide top-quality, caring, and cost-effective services to their communities. It’s our third year of the Next-generation Pharmacist™ awards program, in partnership with Parata Systems, which tells the stories of the pharmacists across the country who embody the best of the profession. With their actions and professional commitment to excellence, they have moved the discipline further into the future with both innovative leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit. Apanel of distinguished judges reviewed some 375 nominations from 41 states in 10 distinct categories to choose the 3 finalists in each category—all are profiled here in a special section.

What does it take to be a leader in pharmacy? In my opinion, it means thinking outside the box and always looking at the impact on the greater good when seeking a solution. A “can-do” spirit and coming up with commonsense answers are the hallmarks of these pharmacists who can and do make a difference. It’s all about personal achievement and motivation, and not waiting for someone else or an institution or the government to supply the answers. Novel ideas, useful solutions that can be used as a model for others, and a high level of service to their patients and the community in which they reside make these finalists unique. Yet they could also be your local pharmacist, as each of them reveals the face of pharmacy in a variety of settings. As you read their profiles, it will become evident that no matter what the setting, these pharmacists are self-made individuals who took charge of the health care needs in their communities. Like other individuals who make contributions to specific causes, our finalists gave generously of their time, resources, and skills to move the needle forward in some way—taking personal responsibility for the success of their programs and projects from start to finish. That’s called ownership and best-of-class results.

The Pharmacy Times team is committed to bringing similar success to our readers by providing the best articles and departments that offer the best-in-class information and trends on important clinical and professional topics. This issue is devoted to the theme of oncology, and our cover story, “targeted therapies in cancer: New drugs, New dosing” brings the very latest information on the stunning changes occurring in the world of cancer therapies as new drugs enter the market and targeting tumors at a cellular level becomes the stuff of reality. Take note, too, that our sister publication, the International Journal of Targeted Therapies in Cancer (, focuses exclusively on this rapidly changing health care trend.

Along with our innovative finalists from the Next-generation Pharmacist™ awards, we join in the commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship, and success—all to make a difference for our families, our communities, and our nation.  

Thank you for reading!
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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