When Patti Fabel became executive director at the University of South Carolina’s Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center in 2017, the move marked a new phase in her career. But leaving direct patient care in community pharmacy hardly diminished her impact.
“I’ve always been passionate about advancing the role of the pharmacist in community settings, whether that’s the dispensing of drugs or helping patients lead healthier and better lives,” she says.
Fabel now supports community pharmacy by training pharmacy students. That starts with providing enhanced nontraditional value-added services in a traditional community pharmacy setting.
Fabel describes the challenge: “How can we take this previous business model that was developed and tweak it for community pharmacy? We have since expanded to rural areas of the state, and how can we now take that model into the areas of most need?”