Center for Healthy Living welcomes new pharmacist,
The Center for Healthy Living on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus welcomes a new member to its team. Kristin Henrich joined the CHL on Dec. 12 as the on-site pharmacist. Kristin has worked as a pharmacist for 5 years and joins us from Indiana University Health Arnett. Kristin replaces Kamal Singh, PharmD, at the Center who relocated out of state.
According to Kristin, she hopes that she can serve many members of the Purdue community at the CHL in achieving their individualized health goals. Kristin will provide medication therapy management
and general pharmacist services to CHL clients.
As a way to learn more about Kristin, she offered her perspective on all things pharmacy. Take a look below for a preview of what’s to come.
Q: What inspired you to go into the pharmaceutical field? (Did you always want to be a pharmacist?)
A: I always enjoyed science and math. This coupled with my desire to help people, led me to evaluate career opportunities within the medical field. I found that pharmacists have a unique opportunity to improve patients’ lives with their drug knowledge and their accessibility to patients in the community. I also found the growing clinical roles of pharmacy exciting. To top it off, pharmacy is constantly evolving with treatment guidelines and therapies. The mechanism of action of medications and just how and where they work in the body will always be an ever-changing and exciting place of study.
Q: What attracted you to the Center for Healthy Living on Purdue’s campus?
A: I was drawn to the many preventive health services that the CHL provides. Services offered allow patients to have comprehensive treatment and prevention of physical illness, stress management and nutrition support. I am excited to offer support to the many invaluable resources at CHL.
Q: What is your patient care philosophy?
A: The best patients are educated patients. Every patient deserves to be educated and equipped with the knowledge to be the best advocate for his or her own health. Patients and their families are vital to the healthcare team. Medications should be prescribed when safe and effective on a patient-specific basis. This should be continually evaluated by each member of the patient’s healthcare team, especially the patient. In addition to education and safe/ effective prescribing, it is imperative that each member of the healthcare team, truly listen to the patient. Sometimes the most “trivial” seeming statements can result in a medical intervention that transitions the care plan in a completely different, yet positive direction.
Q: What are you most looking forward to with your new position?
A: In transitioning from the acute care setting to the outpatient setting, I am looking forward to building rapport with my new patients. I hope to be a resource to them. I am excited to help them identify potential barriers and proactively work with them to achieve their health goals.
Q: How do you feel you will be able to add to the team at the CHL?
A: I have first-hand experience with treatment of acute illness and an appreciation for the vulnerability and stress that it puts on patients and their family members. I have experience with health/wellness screenings, patient education and developing individualized patient care plans. I also have experience working with interdisciplinary teams to achieve optimal patient outcomes. I look forward to continuing that invaluable team approach to patient care at the CHL. My genuine desire is to share my knowledge in a compassionate and empathetic way to help patients achieve their health goals.
Q: Do you have goals in mind for what you’d like to accomplish in this role? Short-term and / or long-term goals?
A: I believe I will be able to define more specific goals once I’ve settled into my role at the CHL. I desire to be a pharmaceutical resource for all providers and patients at the CHL. I also hope for growth professionally, for CHL as it continues to advance services offered to its patients and for patients as health goals evolve with each desired healthy result that is met.
Q: What is your best piece of advice to those who require multiple medications?
A: Never be afraid to ask questions! Make sure you are comfortable with your prescriptions and understand why you are taking each medication and potential side effects that should be monitored. Most importantly, always feel empowered to advocate for your own health and safety. Choose providers in which you place confidence and trust. Work with them on a continual basis to evaluate and re-evaluate your medical condition and corresponding medications.
Kristin is currently available to see patients.
“I have been blessed to obtain the education and experience that I have, and I hope that I can be a blessing to patients at the CHL as they achieve their health goals,” she said.
To schedule an appointment, call 49-40111 or schedule via the patient portal. The Center for Healthy Living is open for medical appointments Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For after-hours medical consultation, call the Anthem NurseLine at 888-279-5449 or utilize LiveHealth Online for assistance.