After serving ten years with INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital as Pharmacist, John Foust has left and joined the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy in Oklahoma City, as executive director.
“It’s really going to be hard to leave, as I have a great deal of respect for all the people at INTEGRIS Grove,” explained Foust before his departure. “And the staff in the hospital’s pharmacy is second to none!”
Awarded the prestigious Commodore Brixey Award in 2006, Foust was recognized and honored for performing duties above and beyond—in maintaining the highest level of professionalism and demonstrating genuine Christian compassion.
Foust spearheaded the sending of care boxes to deployed soldiers. What began in the heart of this Scout leader/pharmacist was taken up by the INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital Foundation in 2004, and continues to provide needed and appreciated supplies to troops within the INTEGRIS Grove family. The outreach remains a team effort involving contributing hospital auxiliary and staff, and 874 packages containing supplies weighing more than 16,000 pounds have been shipped to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004.
During his tenure as INTEGRIS Grove pharmacist, John received his doctorate in pharmacy in 2001, and served as adjunct faculty for the Oklahoma University Pharmacy School. About his new position with the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy, John explains, “It will be a challenge, yes, but exciting to be in the forefront of changes in pharmacy.”
The Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy is responsible to promote, preserve and protect public health, safety and welfare by and through the effective control and regulation of the practice of pharmacy. It oversees the licensing and regulation of pharmacists, interns and technicians, as well as the pharmacies, medical gas suppliers, medical gas distributors and prescription drug wholesalers, packagers and manufacturers that do business in the State of Oklahoma.
Charged with the enforcement of federal and state controlled dangerous substance and prescription drug laws, the Board investigates complaints and conducts hearings on all types of registrants, and has authority to reprimand, fine, suspend or revoke licenses and permits.
Foust’s personal motto, which is the same motto as the Boy Scouts, is “to help other people at all times,” and he modeled it well at INTEGRIS Grove, as pharmacy staff report that Foust was like family—someone they could talk to in confidence—generous, and always concerned about their personal needs.
“When I think of John Foust, I think of two words: humble and gracious,” says Debbie Totty, INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital Foundation Director. “And our state Board will benefit greatly under his leadership.”