|Mike Kinard (’78)
A leader in healthcare in the Northwest for over 40 years, Mike Kinard has advocated for the integration of pharmacy services into patient-centered healthcare. His career with Kaiser Permanente started in 1984 and since then, he’s worked with the Permanente medical staff to integrate pharmacy services, improving professional capabilities for all pharmacists and technicians. Mike led an initiative to build and adapt the automated refill center to pharmacy practice, the first of its kind in Kaiser Permanente. He also worked closely with fellow Icon of Pharmacy, Nancy Louie Lee (’79), to demonstrate productivity and clinical outcomes to legitimize these services and to improve health outcomes for patients.
After receiving his B.S. in Pharmacy from Oregon State University, Mike went on to pursue his M.S. in Pharmacy Administration from Purdue University before joining Kaiser Permanente in the Outpatient Pharmacy. While Director of Pharmacy for the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region, he and Nancy worked with the Physician Chair of the Formulary Therapeutics Committee to eliminate Pharma influence from the entire Northwest Region Healthcare operation.
Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest employers of OSU College of Pharmacy students in the state. They have worked hard to provide quality students with opportunities for meaningful, fulfilling, and challenging careers. Working with another fellow Icon of Pharmacy, Steve Logan (’80), Nancy, and others, Mike and team sought to make Kaiser Permanente the employer of choice for pharmacists and other health professionals.
After a 31-year career, Mike retired in 2015 as the Vice President for Ambulatory Care Services for Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region. The greater profession has benefitted from the fact that he had that vision and determination to improve the patient-focus and insure the value of pharmacy services, which truly speaks to the iconic nature of his professional life.