The End of an Era

From Tower Ave. to Abrahms Blvd., the Hebrew Home, now Hebrew Senior Care, was a unique place to work. For over 10 years as Director of Pharmacy, it was a great place to learn and develop. Over this time, colleagues (who became friends) came and went and yet the Pharmacy remained.

The Hebrew Home was one of the few Nursing Homes with an in-house Pharmacy. Now only a couple still stand in Connecticut. The big change: May 14th, 2019 will be the last day our Pharmacy is open.

While we will have Pharmacists on site a few hours a day, the bulk of the work is outsourced – a trend we had been able to push off for quite a long time.

I was talking with a mentor a few days ago and he said “it was the end of an era.” Interestingly, our Nurse Manager used those same words as we were cleaning a few things out.

And yet, the end of one thing becomes the beginning of another.

What I’m holding onto is that our perspective is shaped by how we choose to frame the situation.

First, we celebrate where we are and what we had.

And then shift to new opportunities, new colleagues, and a different way forward.

Thank you to everyone who made this a great journey. I am grateful for the amazing and wonderful friends who worked in the Pharmacy (and outside the Pharmacy) and know we will cross paths again soon.

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5 thoughts on “The End of an Era

  1. Brian,
    It is truly an end of an era.
    When I entered Long Term Care Pharmacy in 1988, almost every non for profit LTC facility in Connecticut had there own on site pharmacy.
    As time , payment models and ownership changed, it became unsustainable for a stand alone LTC facility to have their own on site Pharmacy.
    You are blessed to be to have experienced a part of Pharmacy history for 10 years! Cherish those memories and embrace the opportunities ahead!

    1. Thanks Gene. Payment models are certainly a significant factor.
      Slowly, each one of the on-site pharmacies has gone away. It is unfortunate as there is a need for pharmacists above what consultant pharmacists have the capacity to do (and get paid to do).

    2. This is extremely well written, Brian. You tell a powerful story about your relationship with the professionals you worked with.

  2. Sad and scary to hear Brian. Best wishes in the new opportunities that are coming your way. Wish us luck at Geer!

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