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John L. Sykora P’66 Receives 2016 Annual Alumnus Award

By Brian Kirschner

John L. Sykora P’66 Receives 2016 Annual Alumnus Award

 Left to right: Carol Sykora, John Sykora P’66 Annual Alumnus Award recipient, and Marcella Sykora

John L. Sykora P’66, MBA, was recently presented with the Annual Alumnus Award at University of the Sciences’ annual Alumni Reunion on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Each year, this award honors an individual who has been distinguished by having contributed in outstanding fashion to the professions, to science, and/or to mankind.

A retired pharmacist, Sykora has had a long, distinguished career in the field of pharmacy. He developed a proactive patient care model that is becoming standard practice and platform for managing clinical services and patient care in community pharmacy.

Following his graduation in 1966, Sykora moved to California and settled in Seal Beach. He later earned an MBA from California State College and was employed as a pharmacist at Arcadia Methodist Hospital. In 1977, he purchased Abrams and Clark Pharmacy in Long Beach and became an active member of his profession and community. He served on the board of directors for the Long Beach Health Department and a pharmacy benefit management company. He served as a member of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee for a Medicare HMO. He was active with the Long Beach Pharmacist Association and preceptor for pharmacy students from six colleges.

In the mid 1990s, the delivery of healthcare started to evolve starting with managed care. Sykora recognized that he needed to abandon the reactive approach to pharmacy practice and create a proactive patient care model. This new model allowed the pharmacist to better manage patient care resulting in efficiencies and health outcomes that were remarkable. For 10 years, he continued to develop the model. In 2007, it was recognized by Pfizer who championed it to NASPA, NCPA, APhA and thousands of pharmacies across the country and into Canada and Europe.

Sykora, who sold his pharmacy in 2016, is now working to train the pharmacists and technicians in the adoption of his patient care model for the pharmacies in Ralph’s Markets, a division of Kroger.

Sykora, his wife Carol, and their daughter Marcella reside in Seal Beach, CA.

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