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Marc Meyer,R.Ph, BPharm, 340B ACE, CIC, FAPIC & Alan Laird, MLS (ASCP) are named SHS’s Employees of the Year 2020!
Yesterday, we were able to celebrate two exceptional leaders among our phenomenal leaders and staff. Typically, SHS selects one employee as the employee of the year. But as we all know, 2020 was anything but typical. Today, we celebrate TWO of our teammates as the 2020 Employees of the Year for Southwest Health System. Both of these individuals were selected as the Employee of the Month in June of 2020. There is no doubt of the importance and value that they have added to the organization, and the SHS COVID response specifically.
Alan has been employed with SHS for almost 4 years. He joined the organization and over the years, has come to realize how lucky he is.Alan enjoys working for SHS because he can actually make a difference in patient care, not just a small cog in a large machine. In Alan’s spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, paddle boarding, swimming, flying kites and reading with his daughter when possible.
Marc came to SHS in 1990. He had been working as a retail pharmacy/store manager for a large chain in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico since he graduated from pharmacy school in 1982. He wanted a change, and the hospital needed a geriatric pharmacist for its LTC facility. At that time he was one of the first certified geriatric pharmacist in the US.Marc stated, “SHS has allowed me to grow professionally over the years. I took over infection control in 1999, became board certified in IC later. We also grew the antibiotic usage program into a national example for small hospitals and I became certified in infectious disease and stewardship. Recently I just passed my 340B ACE certification for the 340B program. SHS has also allowed me to consult for the Colorado Hospital Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the PEW Charitable Trust and the Joint Commission. I have also been allowed to present at national conferences and provide many webinars to a national audience. It was because of this I was award the APIC Hero award in June of 2018 for Advocacy and Influence at the local, state, and national level at their international conference. When Dave Mortensen retired, I stepped into the director role and was able to start an outpatient pharmacy, expand the 340B program and pharmacy services. Now we are looking at Ambulatory pharmacy care in the clinic, expanding the med dispense units to Cerner RX Station (vast improvement) and bringing on-line a true clinical program for pharmacy, stewardship and infection control starting in August. The sum of this is why I have stayed here at SHS for 30 years.”With the generous amount of PTO provided by SHS, I like to work on our farm in Kansas, fly fish and fly tie, drift boat on western rivers and fish with my wife, camp in remote places, backpack (I’ve gone rim to rim on the Grand Canyon twice) and I take a lot of photos. Sometimes I work in some guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and harmonica. My wife and I also enjoy spending time with our kids and grandson. When we retire in 4 years, we will split our time between the Kansas farm, Cortez, and camping, drifting, and fishing in the west mostly where there is no cell service.