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UK College of Pharmacy and Norton Healthcare Announce a 3-Year Extension

Published 11-18-2011 3:59 PM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  

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Last Friday I traveled to Norton Healthcare's downtown campus to attend a very important press release regarding Norton Healthcare and the University Of Kentucky College Of Pharmacy.

As part of the Louisville Clinical Education Center (CEC), Norton Healthcare and the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UK COP) partnered to offer a fourth-year pharmacy student experiential education. The relationship, which started in 2006, has been extremely successful in advancing clinical practice, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration, and developing future pharmacists in Kentucky's largest city.

The goal of the Louisville CEC is to allow pharmacy students to complete their final year of school in Louisville, with the hopes of retaining a majority of these people when they begin their professional careers. Since beginning the partnership, the CEC has had 86 students. Of those 86, 60% went on to start their careers in Louisville and 30% have gone on to enroll in a post-graduate residency or fellowship.

Last Friday, Stephen A. Williams, president and CEO of Norton Healthcare, and Timothy Tracy, dean of the UK College of Pharmacy, announced that the two programs would be extending their partnership for another 3 years. Norton Healthcare has pledged $600,000 over the next 3 years to continue this highly successful endeavor.

Successful partnerships are rare these days, especially in healthcare. This success speaks volumes about the leadership of both Steve Williams and Dean Timothy Tracy. Congratulations to both institutions as they continue to mold the lives of young Kentucky professionals.

For a press release from the event, click HERE.

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Norton Pharmacy PGY1 Susan Martin, PharmD and Maggie Mangino, PharmD share their experiences of the Norton Healthcare CEC.

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