David Schoech Honored as the 2011 NCPA National Preceptor of the Year

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Nashville, TN (October 10, 2011)

David Schoech, RPh, owner of Columbus Family Pharmacy in Columbus, Kansas, was named the 2011 National Preceptor of the Year by the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation (NCPAF) today at the association's 113th Annual Convention and Trade Exposition held October 8-12. The National Preceptor of the Year Award honors a pharmacist who has made significant contributions to the education of pharmacy students by devoting time, talent, and effort as a preceptor.

A University of Kansas School of Pharmacy graduate in 1982, Schoech has opened his doors to current pharmacy students from his alma mater, where he also serves on the Pharmacy Advisory Council.

"I can honestly say that I've become a stronger pharmacy student by learning from Mr. Schoech," said Jeremiah Hawley, who is a 2013 PharmD candidate at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and who last year completed an introductory community experiential rotation with Schoech as his preceptor. "In short he is a role model, and one of the community pharmacists I hope to one day emulate."

Schoech is a member of the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy, the Kansas Pharmacists Association, the Southeast Kansas Academy of Pharmacists, the Kansas Pharmacy Services Corporation, and NCPA. He also gives back to his community in other ways as President of the Lions Club, vice chair for the Community Foundation, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Knights of Columbus. David and his wife Kathy have four children.

"During their rotations at his pharmacy, David Schoech helps pharmacy students become better prepared to become outstanding practicing pharmacists," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation President. "Students not only leave better prepared for their burgeoning pharmacy careers, but also get a sense of how they can make a difference in other areas. We are proud to call him the 2011 NCPA National Preceptor of the Year winner, because he truly deserves the honor."

The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) represents the interests of America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies. Together they represent a $93 billion health care marketplace, dispense over 37% of all retail prescriptions, and employ more than 315,000 people, including 62,400 pharmacists. Independent community pharmacists are readily accessible medication experts who can help lower health care spending. They are committed to maximizing the appropriate use of lower-cost generic drugs and reducing the estimated $290 billion that is wasted annually by improper medication use. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org or read NCPA's blog, The Dose, at http://ncpanet.wordpress.com.

The NCPA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor the previous incarnation of NCPA, the National Association of Retail Druggists (NARD) Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible as charitable donations to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The NCPA Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, community service programs, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. For more information, go to www.ncpafoundation.org.

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