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‘APhA Pinnacle Award’ Acceptance Speech
Ryan Oftebro
APhA Headquarters, Washington DC
September 19, 2016

“On behalf of everyone at Kelley-Ross, I would like to thank the APhA Foundation for this incredible award. It is an honor and privilege to be here representing our team for the recognition of their amazing work. I shared with our staff, that this is the highest award in our profession, and it’s so meaningful to me, because it is acknowledging the body of work of our diverse practice and incredible people.Pinnacle Award

I have the amazing good fortune of being able to get up every day and do something that not only do I enjoy, but something that is meaningful. And most importantly, I get to do it with people I love.

I would like to start by recognizing some of our incredible community partners. We have been very fortunate to have developed wonderful relationships with people and organizations in the Seattle region. Their collaboration has made this work possible.

  • Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • The Washington State Pharmacy Association
  • The University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
  • King County Public Health
  • Seattle Aging and Disabilities
  • The University of Washington School of Pharmacy
  • All the providers that have supported our Collaborative Drug Therapy Agreements

These are just a few of our partners that have supported and collaborated with us because they understood the value that Kelley-Ross can provide to the healthcare team, and we are grateful for their trust.

Kelley-Ross is a special place. Our pharmacy has been serving Seattle since 1925. I have literally grown up here. My father, John, owned the practice since 1973. He has been my friend, mentor and business partner, and he is the enduring spirit behind our culture. He taught me to surround yourself with good people, then get out of their way.

And we have attracted some truly amazing people. From my partners, to our leadership team, pharmacists, residents and amazing support staff; they are the best in the business. I am grateful for their faith in our vision, their courage to get out of their comfort zones, and their continuous drive to do the right thing for our patients and partners.

We are all very excited about the future at Kelley-Ross. Thanks to the hard work of our Pharmacy Community, Provider Status in Washington State is a reality. Beginning Jan 1, 2017, Community Pharmacists will finally be able to become credentialed with payers and participate in delivering high quality, collaborative care. In fact, we are already partnering with plans that are seeing the value in our work. It’s going to be much harder than anticipated, but Kelley-Ross, like the rest of the pharmacy community, is prepared for the challenge and we eagerly look forward to the future.

Thank you”.