Advancing Community Health
Back in November 2005, when campaign cabinet members Ann and Barry Klein learned that NEOMED had established a College of Pharmacy, they immediately adopted NEOMED as their university. Without hesitation, the couple sought out the founding dean, David Allen, and pledged to help get the college off the ground.
Neither had attended NEOMED, but as owners of Klein’s Pharmacy, a successful retail pharmacy operation in Akron, they fully understood the difference that a pharmacy can make to the health and wellness of a community. Since the College of Pharmacy’s founding, Ann and Barry have been vocal supporters, advocates and advisors.
Leading by example, the Kleins enthusiastically donated $50,000 to establish their own scholarship fund—and helped encourage the Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC) to do the same. The Ann and Barry Klein Commitment to Community scholarship recognizes a NEOMED P3 or P4 student who displays exemplary commitment to community service in Summit County. Ann currently serves as the vice chair of the NEOMED Foundation Board, and the Kleins recently introduced a friend to NEOMED who now serves on the Foundation Board as well. Klein’s Pharmacy preceptors also provide intensive experiential training for many pharmacy students.
“When I think of an ambassador for NEOMED, the Kleins come to mind,’’ said Daniel Blain, NEOMED Foundation president. “They understand and practice the value of bringing people to campus—the best way to tell our story.’’