Bonnie Kirschenbaum, MS, FASHP, FCSHP
grew up in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada, graduated from the University of Alberta in Edmonton with a BSc in Pharmacy in 1971 and completed a residency at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, a University of Toronto program affiliate. She joined the Pharmacy Department, remaining on staff for 2 years. During this time she was invited to participate in the first Baxter IV Admixture program held in Canada, and interacted with Cliff Latiolais who subsequently asked her to join the residency program at OSU in 1974. Working as his resident led to development and refinement of philosophical perspectives, personal commitment and enthusiasm for excellence, which Dr. Latiolais sought to develop in his residents and staff. He supported a 6 month leave of absence in San Antonio where she was the interim Assistant Pharmacy Director at Bexar County Hospital. Completion of the MS and residency program in 1976 brought a move to Los Angeles, a variety of positions at Brotman Medical Center, and a cross appointment as Clinical Faculty at the USC School of Pharmacy.
In 1984, NME (which subsequently became Tenet Healthcare) recruited her to a corporate position supporting pharmacy services in their numerous acute care, rehabilitation medicine and psychiatric hospitals providing a full spectrum of healthcare across the country. Bonnie subsequently became the Assistant VP of pharmacy services with bottom line responsibility for managing pharmacies within Tenet's owned and affiliated facilities and structuring national contracts for the coordinated purchasing program that leveraged group volume, standardized product categories and monitored utilization to dramatically improve contract compliance. Achievements included the development of a multi-hospital system P&P manual, Quality Assurance Programs, compliance audit capabilities, operational standards, and pharmacy budgeting software for both staffing and product costs. Simultaneously she coordinated information systems activities to support automation, medication administration, documentation, dispensing, and billing in over 50 hospitals and developed and implemented a weighted work unit CDM for both product and clinical functions along with international consulting responsibilities in the NME Asian Pacific market.
In 1999, Bonnie joined R & D LABORATORIES, INC. as Executive Vice President with responsibilities for large multi-site Phase IV Clinical Trial Budgets, Contracting and Business Management associated with bringing Ferrlecit to the US market. After the sale of the company in 2001, she relocated to Breckenridge Colorado to begin a new chapter of consulting, speaking, writing and subsequently philanthropic work with the National Repertory Orchestra in an effort to broaden the scope and range of high professional ideals and dedication. She also joined the Keystone Symposia for molecular and cellular biology as a meeting associate and facilitator for two seasons. It is through this work with multi-disciplinary groups and a variety of practice sites as well as the ability to reach many practitioners across the country that she feels she is making some of her most significant contributions. Knowledge and leadership are the keys to success regardless of the size or location or tax status of the healthcare work site.
Throughout her career, Bonnie has always been an active participant and has held elected office in local, state (CA and CO) and national professional pharmacy societies and serves as a mentor to pharmacy students and residents as well as to musicians throughout the US and Canada.