ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has appointed pharmacist and trade association veteran Kathleen Jaeger to fill the newly enhanced position of SVP pharmacy care and patient advocacy. She also will serve in a separate role as president of the NACDS Foundation.
Jaeger will assume her new positions on Nov. 28, and will report to NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson.
“With 24 years of experience and leadership as a trade association CEO, pharmacist, attorney and advocate, Kathleen Jaeger will serve as a clear and compelling voice for the value of community pharmacy and for the needs of patients in this new and expanded role at NACDS,” Anderson stated.
“NACDS’ absolute commitment to telling the story of community pharmacies as the face of neighborhood health care has brought us to the point that pharmacy no longer is talking only to itself," Anderson continued. "We are raising awareness of the value of pharmacy among consumers and patients, among elected officials and policymakers, among the media and among all healthcare partners and stakeholders. Now, it is time to take this work to the next level of success.”
Previously, Jaeger has served as EVP and CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association and as president and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association. She also has been a partner in the food and drug practices of national law firms Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and McKenna & Cuneo. She also has served as a hospital pharmacist at the National Institute of Health.
As NACDS’ SVP pharmacy care and patient advocacy, Jaeger will serve as a spokeswoman for pharmacy patient care before key constituencies and target audiences, including in the media and at public and healthcare events. She also will direct the staff of the newly renamed Pharmacy Care and Patient Advocacy Department, which advances pharmacy information and research, conducts outreach with NACDS members and with external constituencies, including colleges and schools of pharmacy, and provides pharmacy insights and expertise that contribute to NACDS’ public policy advocacy and communications initiatives.
“Every day, countless patient care success stories play out in pharmacies in neighborhoods across America. I look forward to helping to tell this story to advance patient care, and I look forward to doing so with the insights and true passion that flow from being a pharmacist and the daughter of a pharmacist," Jaeger stated. "It is a distinct honor to represent community pharmacy and the value that it delivers to patients and to the broader healthcare system."