FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Contact: Leah C. Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy (304) 691-1713
Marshall University School of Pharmacy students volunteer at SeniorFest
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – More than 20 Marshall University School of Pharmacy students will participate in Cabell Huntington Hospital’s 2012 SeniorFest Saturday, Sept. 29, at the hospital.
The students will assist with CHH’s pharmacy project where hospital pharmacists will educate seniors on Medicare Part D information and also provide information about prescription medicines. Pharmacy students will also volunteer in general areas for the event.
“This is an excellent venue for our pharmacy students to be involved in the well-being of our community,” said Dr. Robert B. Stanton, assistant dean for the office of experiential education at the School of Pharmacy. “I am very proud that so many of our students are willing to give up their free time on a Saturday to help with such a worthy cause.”
Dr. Kimberly Broedell-Zaugg, chairman of the department of pharmacy practice and administration at the School of Pharmacy, said the experience is a valuable one for students.
“The School of Pharmacy at Marshall is very excited about being involved with SeniorFest at Cabell Huntington Hospital,” she said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to interact with older community members, local health care providers, and to serve the Tri-State area.”
CHH’s SeniorFest is open to anyone age 50 and over. Dozens of screenings, medication reviews and flu shots will be available. Joy Pelfrey, director of senior services at Cabell Huntington, said the assistance from pharmacy students is greatly appreciated.
“We’re so excited to have the student pharmacists participate in this year’s event,” Pelfrey said. “This will be an enriching experience for them. They will work one-to-one with seniors assisting with the issues seniors face with the delicate balance between the disease process, medications used to treat them in a safe manner and the ability to have the resources available to purchase their meds.”
The Marshall University School of Pharmacy opened its inaugural program to 80 students last month.