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NCPA Announces Kathleen Jaeger as CEO

Magazine article Drug Topics

NCPA Announces Kathleen Jaeger as CEO

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Kathleen Jaeger, whose appointment as executive vice president and CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) was announced October 25 at NCPAs annual Convention and Trade Expo in Philadelphia, immediately outlined several goals for advancing community pharmacy.

"Our first and foremost objective must be to ensure our patients have access to excellent quality care and pharmacy services in their community;' Jaeger said. "Second, we must continue to demonstrate the tremendous value independent pharmacists deliver to patients and the overall healthcare system."

NCPA must also strengthen the financial stability of independent community pharmacies and drive their economic growth, she said. It is also vital that they be viewed as part of the healthcare reform solution. "My main focus is to put pharmacists back central to patient care. We would like to see them expand the services that they provide to patients and their communities."

At the same time, Jaeger realizes that her job - and the goals of NCPA leadership - will be challenging. "The nations economic crisis is driving serious debates over healthcare costs and the federal deficit. …

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