Joe D. Slechta, PharmD, BCPS – AQ Cardiology
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiovascular Diseases
Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS
Dr. Slechta graduated from the University of Kansas and has practiced at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS since 1995. In addition to daily patient care activities, he serves on several multidisciplinary committees established to improve the care of cardiovascular and stroke patients. He is a certified ACLS instructor, anticoagulation patient self-testing educator and has completed an Anticoagulation Traineeship for Health Care Professionals at the University of Oklahoma. He has been honored with the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Clinical Preceptor of the Year, Wesley Medical Center Pharmacy Residency mentor of the year, Wesley Medical Center Frist Humanitarian Award, and recently won an HCA Innovators Award for Financial Impact at the Facility Level. Dr. Slechta is a member of the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, ASHP, and KCHP.
Joe has served as a KCHP district director and is currently on the KCHP Policy committee. He is entering his third year on the ASHP Council on Pharmacy Practice which he was appointed to chair for the 2018-2019 session. This committee helps to establish ASHP policy statements on pharmacy practice issues and provides the opportunity to meet with our Kansas senators and representatives in Washington DC once a year to discuss relevant issues related to the profession. In his community, he has served on the North Newton Parks & Recreation committee, Harvey County Cities Readiness Initiative Emergency Preparedness Committee, and is currently a commissioner for the Newton/North Newton Planning commission. In his spare time, Joe can often be found coaching or watching his children’s sporting events. Joe’s experience and commitment to the profession make him well suited to aid in the KCHP mission to advance public health for the state of Kansas.
I am excited to be running for the position of Treasurer for the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy (KCHP). I have had the honor of being a member of the KCHP board over the last 2 years as a District Director and am excited about the potential of moving into a new role on the board. For me, leadership involvement is something I find rewarding and a way to serve the pharmacy profession. The role of District Director and the potential of holding the office of Treasurer allow me to work for the profession on a state-wide level. I have previous experience as a treasurer of an organization during my undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I have also held leadership positions outside of KCHP, including Programs Chair for the Greater Kansas City Society of Health System Pharmacists and currently serving as a co-chair for a committee within the Saint Luke’s Health System.
While Treasurer within KCHP would be a new role, I have served as a treasurer of a different organization in the past. The position of Treasurer in KCHP is an important one, and my attention to detail and organizational skills will help me be successful in the position. My previous experience on the board has also taught me important background information for the organization and will aid in my ability to succeed as the Treasurer. I am excited for the potential to serve KCHP as Treasurer and would appreciate your support!
Todd Schroeder, PharmD, BCPS (AQ-ID) is the Manager of Clinical Pharmacy Services and PGY1 Residency Program Director for the Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita. He has worked to expand clinical services, continually adjust the practice model, and expand residency training in the area. He has worked develop and implement a wide variety of clinical initiatives while at Via Christi with a focus and interest in the area of Infectious Diseases. He received his PharmD from South Dakota State University and completed a PGY1 residency and a PGY2 residency in Infectious Diseases at Clarian Health (now IU Health) in Indianapolis.
I have taken the role as Interim District 1 Director and hope to help move the initiatives of KCHP forward in the next term. I also hope to re-engage more members and understand the important issues for the very diverse group of KCHP members across District 1. I hope to meet as many pharmacists from District 1 as possible and represent their needs. I am happy to be on ongoing member of KCHP and would be excited to represent District 1 moving forward.
My 16 years of pharmacy experience include a PGY1 and PGY2 in Ambulatory Care at University of Cincinnati Hospital. I stayed in Cincinnati and worked in a Pharmacotherapy and Anticoagulation Clinic for a few years after residency before moving closer to home. I began working at North Kansas City Hospital as a clinical pharmacist in 2008. In 2014 I transitioned from in-patient care to outpatient in the newly opened North Kansas City Hospital Heart Failure Clinic. Since 2016, I have been working at Saint Luke's Health System as a clinical pharmacist on various units.
I have served on various committees, including Pharmacy and Therapeutics, ASHP New Practitioner Forum, and Medication Management name a few. I have also held various leadership roles, including Chief Resident and Residency Recruitment Committee Chair. I enjoy working with students and residents and have served as an adjunct faculty preceptor for UMKC, KU, and Drake University. I soon plan to volunteer at two free clinics in the Kansas City area, one of which I will help to begin their participation in the state's Unused Medication Program.
I believe ambulatory care is a quickly growing arena for pharmacist with endless opportunities. Having a board member with ambulatory care experience and passion to represent this side of pharmacy would be beneficial for KCHP. I would be honored to be that person.
I am excited to by running for District III Director with KCHP. Originally from Pennsylvania, I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy in 2014. I came to the Kansas City area to complete a 2-year Health-System Pharmacy Administration Residency and Master’s Degree at The University of Kansas Hospital and University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Four years later I am excited to have Kansas and Kansas City be my new home. Following residency, I stayed on at the University of Kansas Hospital as an Inpatient Clinical Manager. My primary areas of responsibility include Cardiology, Transplant, Medication Reconciliation Technicians, and Interns. I also served as Co-Chair for the Pharmacy Administration Resident Collaboration (PARC) during 2015-2016 year.
The District III Director position is exciting because it provides an opportunity to foster collaboration between pharmacists in the Kansas City metro area. I also have a personal goal to become more involved in pharmacy organizations as a way to give back to our profession. I am also currently serving as The University of Kansas Health-System’s “Team Captain” for the 30th anniversary of AIDS Walk Kansas City. Outside of pharmacy I enjoy exploring Kansas City’s food scene and traveling. I am excited at the opportunity to serve as your District III Director and would greatly appreciate your vote.
Thank you for nominating me for the Technician position on the KCHP Board. I am honored, and would love to serve. I bring 20 years of technical experience in multiple technical roles. My experience at LMH ranges from front line Tech I to complex Tech II responsibilities, followed by leadership roles as Buyer and now Information Technology coordinator for the department.
I have actively engaged in technician issues throughout my career. I currently serve on the Pharmacy Tech Rural Nurse Task Force for the Kansas State Board of Pharmacy. I have previously advocated for technicians as a member of KSHP and KCHP Boards. I attached my CV for your review.
I have the full support of the LMH Pharmacy team. If appointed, I will work hard to advocate for the pharmacy technicians of Kansas.
As a Pharmacy Technician with over 30 years of experience, I have seen many changes to the role of a Pharmacy Technician both in the Hospital setting and in the Retail setting. I would be honored to serve as the KCHP technician representative. I am organized, detail oriented, and always looking for ways to improve my skills as a technician. I was the first Medication Reconciliation Technician at Salina Regional Health Center, and was a key member of the team that developed this new clinical service. I have presented about my position at the state level, and feel that sharing my experiences can encourage others to participate in the enhancement of our profession. I love what I do and am excited to see how the role of the Pharmacy Technician will evolve in the future.