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Meeting the needs of today's health system pharmacists as the pharmacists' role in healthcare is changing.


In addition to individual membership - we offer a special Health System Corporate membership for a group of pharmacists at one location. 

Health System Corporate Annual Dues are $525 for membership for your Director of Pharmacy and two staff pharmacists, or for three of your staff pharmacists at the same location/hospital. Each additional pharmacist is $129 and certified technicians are only $25. Pharmacists working together in a single health system location may want to take advantage of this program. Contact Ashley Robbins for details.

Our members tell their story:


Michele Hebda

Clinical Discharge Pharmacist

UPMC Shadyside

"As a pharmacist at a large health system in Pennsylvania, I find it imperative to stay informed on legislative issues, changes with healthcare, and updates in pharmacotherapy which will affect my pharmacy practice. My membership with PPA over the past two years has far exceeded my expectations in completing these goals, and has further allowed me to build important relationships with other pharmacists in the state and in various other areas of practice. Uniting pharmacists of all areas of pharmacy practice not only provides for a collaboration of minds, but gives our profession a stronger voice ultimately leading to change in our practice." 


 Jamie Shepherd

Holy Spirit Hospital

"Through PPA, it is much easier to stay informed about current issues and updates to laws in pharmacy. As a health system pharmacist, we sometimes forget the issues that impact retail pharmacists daily. It is important to stay involved and stay connected to all areas of the pharmacy profession so that we can achieve goals on a united front. PPA has also created amazing opportunities for networking. Conferences are a wonderful way to stay connected to other  pharmacists and continue to learn. Our profession is constantly changing and PPA is an incredible way to stay informed and educated."


Gayle Cotchen

Magee-Womens Hospital


"Attending PPA conferences and the events of affiliate Allegheny County Pharmacists Association has helped me build my network with other hospital pharmacists, as well as others in the continuum of care. I transitioned from retail to hospital due to a merger; transitioning was possible for me in part through my many PPA contacts and discussions with them. I highly value my membership in this association, especially the many friendships that have resulted from active participation."


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What makes PPA membership valuable to Health System Pharmacists?

Advocacy Plus!

The combined grassroots strength of our pharmacists “in the trenches,” along with legislative lobbying and monitoring by PPA’s expert staff, has delivered many legislative successes, including valuable practice enhancing initiatives, such as expanded immunization, collaborative practice, and the naloxone standing order!  Advocacy is not just about legislation but also this practice advancement aspect.  Our regular interaction with state agencies such as the Department of Health on issues such as the Prescription Monitoring Program and the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Programs with naloxone and treatment for substance abuse.



Through timely communications, PPA has kept all pharmacists informed on such topics as: Medicaid revalidation, implementation of the prescription drug monitoring program, utilizing the naloxone standing order, and more!


Education and Professional Development

Through live webinars, recorded webinars, as well as CE at conferences, pharmacists can receive timely and pertinent education on everything from patient care and safety to medical marijuana, from opioid addiction to medication sync programs.  Additionally we are working to have our own pharmacy focused child abuse program.  We typically have about 50 hours of CEs available on line to choose from!  All at no cost to members!

Want to expand your horizons and build your resume?  Step up and offer to present a CE!  We offer many opportunities for members to share their expertise.



Participate in our health system forums and learn/share best practices and business "pearls" from your colleagues. Attend our conferences to share, learn and rejuvenate!  There is something revitalizing about sitting down with a colleague and discussing your problems only to find out, they’ve been there and done that! 


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