Cara Harshberger

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Ivinson Memorial Hospital

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

Throughout my education and career I have excelled, but I am most proud of being in one of the most trusted professions as a clinical pharmacist, who serves on the inpatient medical/surgical and outpatient oncology units. Completion of two years of pharmacy residency training, specializing in oncology, has allowed me to care for and serve my patients at the highest level possible and I feel so blessed to serve as an educator for both my patients and the pharmacy students that I teach and mentor.

What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?

Over the years, I have always had my mind set on bringing the highest level of expertise in oncology pharmacy to our community here in Laramie. In the next five years, I will help build the outpatient oncology program by providing oncology pharmacy expertise regarding intravenous and oral chemotherapy protocols, drug monitoring, and quality assurance and improvement. My ultimate goal would be to help my oncology team achieve quality oncology practice initiative (QOPI) certification. I will also become board certified in pharmacotherapy to help develop and increase the quality of care on the inpatient medical/surgical and intensive care units with my incredible health care team.

What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?

I bring an advanced level of pharmacy practice to this community with specialized knowledge in oncology and inpatient medicine. I provide support to practitioners here in our community to ensure the highest level of care for our patients, allowing access to the best care closer to home. In addition, I mentor and teach both pharmacy students and medical students through rotations, didactic lectures, and provide oversight and supervision of service opportunities here in our community with students. I also recognize the importance of service within national organizations and serve on the Needs Assessment Committee for the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacists Association, working to advance practice both locally and nationally, bringing rural specialty practice issues to the national stage. These are not traditional philanthropic achievements, yet these are critical elements to keep the next generation engaged in this community, so we can continue to advance care here in Laramie.

What action or event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or are you most proud of?

I believe that the impact that Family Promise of Albany County will have on our community and our families that are struggling, will make the biggest difference here in Laramie. This is one of the most significant ministries that will tie our community together through loving and supporting families experiencing homelessness and helping them achieve sustainable independence.

What excites you most about the future of Laramie?

The community of Laramie is filled with great diversity, incredible people, and many professional opportunities for growth and development. Laramie has so much to offer and as someone who has lived in this community for eight years now, every year I discover a new event or opportunity that truly makes me treasure this community even more. With continued development of the downtown area and local business growth, it is exciting to see how the community support has helped these businesses flourish. For a community of this size, we are truly blessed to have such a vibrant and incredible place to live, grow, work, and play! I look forward to continuing to support the growth and development of this community through my leadership and service.

What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?

Determination, perseverance, and patience have all contributed to my success. I have been incredibly blessed with exceptional mentors and supportive family and friends throughout my life. Without the continued love and support from all of these people, I would not be where I am today. As someone who sets a high personal standard, one must possess the determination to overcome the hurdles that life throws at you. Not every hurdle is easily overcome, so perseverance and resilience are critical to continued growth and goal achievement. Lastly, patience and timing is critical as things do not always fall into place on your own timeline.

What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?

Go after your dreams and don’t give up. Set manageable goals and keep them in focus, making necessary adjustments in your plan to achieve your goals and dreams. Don’t give up if you hit roadblocks or setbacks. Remember that the roadblocks ultimately direct you toward the path that you should be on. Professional relationships open doors, so never be afraid to go after your dreams by taking risks and establishing new connections in the community. Lastly, be involved and take action in the community by giving back to the organizations, profession, and community you are blessed to be a part of!

20 Under 40Jacob Chavez2017