residency program

Balls Food Stores
PGY1 Community Pharmacy Residency Positions

About Balls Food Stores

Balls Food Stores is a family-owned supermarket chain local to the Kansas City area. It is comprised of 28 grocery stores with 20 pharmacies operating under both the Balls Price Chopper and Hen House banners. The company provides outstanding corporate support for pharmacy services. The resident will work on programs with all 20 pharmacies; however, the resident will be based out of a single location with a primary preceptor on site.

Balls Food Stores - Hen House and Price Chopper

Residency positions offered through partnerships with the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri–Kansas City

About the Community Residency Position

The Community Pharmacy Residency Program with Balls Food Stores was established in July 2001 in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, then expanded to second position in 2004 with a partnership through the University of Kansas. A third position was added for 2012 through the University of Kansas. The residency positions have been ASHP-APhA accredited since 2005. The residency spans 53 weeks from the last week of June through the end of June of the following year. The resident will be employed by Balls Food Stores and receives an annual stipend and comprehensive health benefits. Other benefits include 5 paid vacation days, paid holidays, and travel allowance to attend regional and national meetings or training opportunities. A separate office work area is provided for the resident including a computer, telephone, bookshelf, file cabinet, and desk space as well as a laptop and mobile broadband access. The resident is also given Adjunct Clinical Faculty status with the respective University partner. Balls Food Stores precepts several students from area schools of pharmacy allowing the resident to interact with students throughout the year. There is also the opportunity for didactic teaching at the school of pharmacy.

Balls Food Stores Pharmacy Residency
Balls Food Stores Pharmacy Residency
Resident Activities

  • Employee Wellness through the Balls Start Now program
    • Conduct monthly to quarterly coaching visits with 25 or more assigned patients through the Diabetes & Cardiovascular disease management program
    • Lead multiple six session Smoking Cessation classes for Balls employees
    • Conduct KYRKYN screenings for employees at all Balls Foods locations
    • Facilitate Balls employee participation in all Start Now program requirements
  • Immunizations including co-coordination of influenza vaccinations at all Balls pharmacies
  • Medication Therapy Management including those administered through Outcomes® and Mirixa®
  • Educational Programs for the community, other healthcare providers, and future practitioners
  • Practice Management including development and implementation of programs, marketing, compensation strategies, and managerial functions
  • Staffing about 10 hours per week
  • Complete a practice-based research project
  • Longitudinal experience opportunities with Pharmacy Practice Faculty at the affiliated University
Balls Food Stores Pharmacy Residency
Balls Food Stores Pharmacy Residency
Residency Preceptors

Residency Site Coordinator: Nikki Schwartze, Pharm.D, received her degree in 2007 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 Ambulatory Care Residency with an emphasis in Public Health with UMKC and the Kansas City Free Health Clinic in 2008. Dr. Schwartze is the Residency Coordinator and Employee Health Programs Coordinator for Balls Food Stores. In addition to direct patient care, she has many administrative and management responsibilities for the Balls health plan as well as the pharmacists employed by Balls Food Stores.

Primary Residency Site Preceptor: Sarah Hare, Pharm.D, received her degree in 2002 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. She completed a Community Pharmacy Residency with UMKC and Hen House Pharmacy in 2003. Dr. Hare is certified in Diabetes Care, Immunizations, and OTC Advisory by APhA and Nutrition/Weight Management by NIPCO and NCPA.

Primary Residency Site Preceptor: Steve Reichert, B.S. Pharm, received his degree in 1981 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy. He worked in hospital pharmacy for four years and has been in the community setting since 1985. He serves as the pharmacy manager and has been the primary on-site preceptor for the resident since 2004.

Primary Residency Site Preceptor: Jessica Vink, Pharm.D, BCPS, received her degree in 2008 from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. She completed a PGY1 Residency with an emphasis in Community Care with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Carolina Apothecary in 2009. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, as well as certified in Anticoagulation Management, Hypertension Management, Immunization Administration, MTM services, and OTC therapy.

Additional Preceptors

Michael Halliwell, B.S. Pharm – Director of Pharmacy

John Witt, Pharm.D – Pharmacy Specialist

Maegan Easter, Pharm.D. – Pharmacy Manager

Elizabeth Eickman, Pharm.D. – Clinical Pharmacist

Amanda Applegate, Pharm.D. – Clinical Pharmacist

Megan Hedden, Pharm.D. – Clinical Pharmacist

Program Directors

Peggy Kuehl, Pharm.D, FCCP, BCPS – Clinical Associate Professor, UMKC School of Pharmacy

Janelle Ruisinger, Pharm.D – Clinical Associate Professor, KU School of Pharmacy

Balls Food Stores Pharmacy Residency
Balls Food Stores Pharmacy Residency
Explanation of Residency Programs with Balls Food Stores
Application and Selection Process

Selection of residents will be based on their community experience, interest in advancing community pharmacy practice, desire to provide direct patient care, and ability to display leadership potential. Residents must be motivated and self-directed individuals. Candidates should submit a completed application including an application form, letter of intent, academic transcript, curriculum vitae, and three completed recommendations through PhORCAS. Qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview and selection will take place through the ASHP Residency Match Program.

Residency positions offered through partnerships
with the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri–Kansas City
KU School of Pharmacy UMKC School of Pharmacy

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