Columbus, Kansas Pharmacist Receives Prestigious Pharmacy Award

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David R. Schoech, Pharmacist, Mercy Hospital of Columbus, KS, was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia Award on September 24, 2016 at a ceremony during the 136th Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Wichita, KS.
Schoech was nominated for the award because of his involvement in his community since graduation from pharmacy school in 1982. He returned to his hometown after graduating pharmacy school to work in the local drug store. Later he opened his own store Columbus Pharmacy and operated it for 15-years from 1994 to 2009. He’s been serving the community in multiple organizations, both civic and private for the last 35 years.
Schoech sold his pharmacy in 2010 and continued working in surrounding area pharmacies, while still remaining involved with the Columbus Lions Club (President in 1995 & 2004) and City Parks & Recreation Commission. He also provided personal instruction, training and supervision to pharmacy students as a University of Kansas School of Pharmacy Preceptor. For recognition of his excellence as a preceptor, he received the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) National Preceptor of the Year award in 2011. He is currently an active member of Kansas State Board of Pharmacy, as well as the Columbus Chamber of Commerce (President 1991), Columbus Community Foundation for nine years and the City of Columbus Recreation Commission (since 1993).
The “Bowl of Hygeia” Award is presented annually by participating pharmacy associations in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The recipients are selected by their respective associations for their outstanding record of community service. The Bowl of Hygeia award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations.
“We are happy to recognize David for the many personal hours he has devoted to the welfare of his community,” said Mike Larkin, Executive Director of the Kansas Pharmacists Association. “The city of Columbus should take great pride in having him as one of its outstanding citizens,” said Larkin.
The “Bowl of Hygeia” is the most widely recognized international symbol of pharmacy and derives from Greek mythology. The classical symbol was a bowl containing a medicinal potion, with the serpent of wisdom (or guardianship) partaking of it. This is the same serpent of wisdom that appears on the caduceus, which is the symbol of medicine.


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