St. Jude pharmacist shares his mission at the hospital

St Jude Dream Home

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Just as St. Jude is dedicated to saving children’s lives, the doctors who work there are always looking for a cure.

One of them has been a part of the hospital’s mission for more than three decades.

“Once you get here, it really does become a part of you,” said Dr. John McCormick, Director of St. Jude’s pharmacy.

Right out of pharmacy school, McCormick knew he was in the right place at St. Jude, using his knowledge of medicines to help the very smallest patients.

“Sometimes that’s the first thing we have to do is figure out how to get that huge tablet into a formulation that a 2 year old can take.”

The pharmacists fill thousands of prescriptions each day and must educate parents on how the drugs are taken and the possible side effects to watch for, once the children are home again.

When Dr. McCormick started at St. Jude in 1985, there were only two buildings on campus. Now, there are more than 25, and over the years, he says he’s watched the medical team accomplish some incredible things.”

The survival rate for overall childhood cancers is now more than 80 percent, and St. Jude shares its research around the world. Pharmacists from other countries even come here for training.

“Working with our global outreach folks and bringing people in to learn more about how to take care of kids in some of these places where it may be more of a challenge,” said Dr. McCormick.

Cooperation, not competition to give more families a dose of hope.

For more on this year’s St. Jude Dream Home, click here.

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