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Ashley M. K. (Kappenman) Ryther

Candidate for Director-at-Large 2022-2024

Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners

Ashley RytherASHLEY M.K. (KAPPENMAN) RYTHER, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, (ashley.ryther@hsc.utah.edu) is a pharmacy supervisor at the University of Utah Health Pharmacy Ambulatory Clinical Care Center (PAC3), as well as an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Additionally, she is residency program co-coordinator for the University of Utah health-system pharmacy administration and leadership residency program. Ryther received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. She completed a post-graduate year one and two (PGY1/PGY2) health-system pharmacy administration residency at the University of Utah Health and received an M.S. in health-system pharmacy administration from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.

In her current role, Ryther manages a team of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy interns as they provide centralized pharmacy services in ambulatory care, including prior authorization and refill authorization services. The University of Utah Health is an URAC and ACHC accredited specialty pharmacy, and the PAC3 team supports specialty patients through all steps of the process in gaining access to the medications they need. She currently serves as chair of the ASHP Section of Specialty Pharmacy Practitioners Section Advisory Group (SAG) on workforce development, and previously served as vice-chair for this SAG. She also serves as treasurer for the Utah Society of Health-System Pharmacists (USHP) as well as alternate to the ASHP House of Delegates for the state of Utah. She previously served USHP as treasurer-elect and as director-at-large.

 

 

In my daily work, I see the impact that integrated health-system specialty pharmacies have on patients. Patient access to safe and effective therapy can be challenging to navigate, and health-system specialty pharmacy practitioners work hand in hand with the healthcare team to ensure that patients receive coordinated care. I am thankful for the work of this section as together we continue to advance specialty pharmacy practice and remove barriers for our patients.

The past few years have brought many changes to the specialty pharmacy landscape. I am inspired by the innovation demonstrated as health-system specialty pharmacies have risen to the occasion and transformed the services they provide patients. I think that preparing for the future of health-system specialty pharmacy practice is critically important, not only for pharmacy teams, but also for the patients that we serve. This preparation is multifaceted, but one key piece is the education and training of our workforce, which includes both pharmacy technicians and pharmacists.

I am energized by the work of this Section, and I am grateful to collaborate with exceptional practitioners across the nation. If elected, I will contribute to the mission and vision of the Section as together we strive to set the standard for specialty pharmacy care and remove barriers to patient access. I am honored by this nomination, and I thank you for your time and consideration for the opportunity.