Each year a team of 60 health professionals travel to the GRID/NEA project area in Carpenter, Northern Ghana. In two weeks, they treat nearly ten thousand people who would otherwise not be able to access health care. This multidisciplinary team includes surgeons, doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses … and pharmacists.
The volunteer service of health team pharmacists Susan Fockler, Linda Dresser, and Paula Vanderpluym was recently recognized by the Ontario Branch of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, which presented them with the E. Amy Eck award for a Humanitarian/Volunteer Project.
In addition, Susan Fockler, who has been the health team’s lead pharmacist since the first year, was also recently recognized for her accomplishments as Director of Pharmacy at Ross Memorial Hospital. She has led the hospital pharmacy in making incredible gains in efficiency and effectiveness in the past seven years, and in February 2014 received the “Leadership and Best Practices” Award from the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.
Congratulations to Susan and your teammates! We are grateful for your commitment and service that is making a difference both in Canada and abroad.