Good Neighbor Pharmacy celebrates 40 years of improving independent community pharmacy at ThoughtSpot 2022
Good Neighbor Pharmacy and the AmerisourceBergen Foundation announce a new scholarship program and the 2022 Pharmacy of the Year award has been presented to Gateway Pharmacy of Phoenixville, PA.
Today, Good Neighbor Pharmacy celebrated his 40th anniversary with nearly 5,000 independent pharmacy owners and advocates at the general session of its annual conference and trade show, ThoughtSpot. Over the past four decades, Good Neighbor Pharmacy accomplished its mission to bring independent pharmacies together, support them in providing clinical services and solutions for their community, and give them a stronger voice and presence in the industry.
After two years of virtual programming, ThoughtSpot is back in person and being held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. The three-day conference gives pharmacists access to more than 20 live and on-demand continuing education (CE) sessions and certification programs, valuable networking events in the vibrant exhibit hall, opportunities to investigate the purchase and much more.
“We are delighted to be back in person in time to commemorate Good Neighbor Pharmacy 40th anniversary with an event full of opportunities to celebrate our customers, provide exceptional educational sessions, shopping opportunities, business resources and much more,” said Jennifer Zilka, President of Good Neighbor Pharmacy. “Good Neighbor Pharmacy has been a strong advocate for independent community pharmacies, supporting our customers through change and times of crisis for the past four decades. I continue to be in awe of our customers, their unwavering commitment to their communities and patients, and their ingenuity and passion for the practice and business of pharmacy. It is an honor to celebrate our past at this year’s show and to come together as we seek to build a bright future for pharmacy.
At the conference, Good Neighbor Pharmacy announced the extension of its Google Advertising program to include Google Shopping Ads. With Google Shopping Ads, pharmacies can attract more front-end shoppers by making the pharmacy’s inventory available to the community when they search for products nearby. In addition, Good Neighbor Pharmacy unveiled a new scholarship program in partnership with the AmerisourceBergen Foundation, the nonprofit charitable arm of AmerisourceBergen, to support aspiring pharmacists attending pharmacy school at a historically black college or university (HBCU). Scholarship winners will receive $100,000 towards their pharmacy degree. The official application process will begin this fall, and the program will award the first scholar for the 2023-2024 school year. More information can be found at https://www.wearegnp.com/gnp-scholarship.
Ann Anaya, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at AmerisourceBergen, explains the importance of the program. “It is extremely important to AmerisourceBergen, the AmerisourceBergen Foundation and Good Neighbor Pharmacy that we support greater diversity and inclusion in pharmacy business and practice, particularly within pharmacy ownership,” said Anaya. “Only 5% of today’s licensed pharmacists are black and 20% are considered non-white. Diversity in healthcare is essential to advancing health equity and supporting cultural competency within specific communities. , and when a patient is represented and culturally understood, there is greater potential for positive outcomes.There is so much untapped talent and potential, and that is why we are extremely pleased to announce this new scholarship program at ThoughtSpot 2022.”
Gateway Pharmacy was also named on 2022 Pharmacy of the year at this year’s general session. Gateway Pharmacy is an independent, family-owned and operated community pharmacy that has served the Phoenixville, Pennsylvania area since the early 1950s. Gateway Pharmacy prides itself on knowing its customers and their families, providing a unique and personalized experience for every patient. Serving as a “one-stop-shop” for all medical needs and considered a beloved cornerstone in the Phoenixville community, Gateway Pharmacy strives to provide the best care to every customer in a familiar and trusted environment. Gateway Pharmacy emerged as a finalist from more than 4,800 nominations representing nearly 800 pharmacies across the country. Other finalists included Roden-Smith Pharmacy in Clovis, New Mexico, and Bushard Pharmacy in Laguna Beach, California.
“ThoughtSpot provides us with a special opportunity to come together to empower our customers, celebrate their successes, and reflect on our purpose,” said Brian Nightengale, RPh, PhD, President of Community and Specialty Pharmacy and Long-Term Care at AmerisourceBergen. “As this year’s conference draws to a close, we are all energized and excited to continue to be a trusted partner to our Good Neighbor Pharmacy customers, supporting their growth and solidification as a true healthcare destination for patients across the United States Congratulations to Gateway Pharmacy, our 2022 Pharmacy of the year winner, and congratulations to all of our independent pharmacy customers for their tireless efforts and incredible dedication to patients and communities nationwide over the past two years.
ThoughtSpot is an annual conference and trade show hosted by Good Neighbor Pharmacy on behalf of AmerisourceBergen, which aims to equip independent pharmacists with practices and resources they can use to transform their businesses to improve profitability and maintain their position as a vital source of patient care in their communities local. For more information on ThoughtSpot, please visit https://www.wearegnp.com/Thoughtspot2022.
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