Faculty Spotlight - Beth Breeden
Dr. Breeden is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Austin Peay State University and the Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Breeden has clinical pharmacy experience in critical care, operating room, ambulatory care and long-term care settings. Her most recent position was in Pharmacy Informatics in the health-system software development industry. She was responsible for the development of core application software in Pharmacy, Nursing and CPOE. In this role, Dr. Breeden served as a principal lead in understanding the industry, defining product strategy, managing the software development life cycle, and meeting the regulatory requirements for clinical products.
She joined the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy faculty in September 2010. Dr. Breeden’s research, teaching and service activities are focused on the optimal use of healthcare information technology to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Breeden guided the efforts to develop and is the Director of the Master of Health Care Informatics (MHCI) program. This new graduate program is focused on the education and preparation of future leaders in the high-demand field of health care informatics. In addition, she is currently practicing in affiliation with PharmMD, a provider of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services.
Dr. Breeden is active in national pharmacy associations, standards development organizations and is a leader in Pharmacy HIT. She has served in several leadership roles in the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology and has participated in the NCPDP Workgroup on Professional Pharmacy Services and the Health Information Partnership for Tennessee (HIPTN) technology workgroups.
There are many blessings that I recall from my youth. Some notable examples include being reared in a wonderful Christian family and growing up in a small, idyllic Southern town. I have a large immediate and extended family, and as a child, was often unsure where family ended and friends began. So I counted many of the townspeople as family then and still do today.
My family owned and operated Lockert Drug Co. which had a pharmacy, soda fountain and view of Main Street that was second to none. Patrons could get a prescription filled (or not) and enjoy a cup of coffee, a sandwich or the best milkshake around. It was here that I was introduced to Lance crackers and Coca-Cola, with and without peanuts.
More importantly, I was also introduced to a faith and values system which was taught in church and lived out in the lives of those around me. I accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord and was baptized. The opportunity to grow and develop my faith through a personal relationship with Jesus was a tremendous blessing, and I could see His hand at work during those formative years.
Daily activities in this small town pharmacy taught valuable lessons which will remain with me always. I saw people who were sick and people who were well, those with plenty and those in need as well as some who were wise and some who were not. I learned about service, ethics, morals, the value of good works and how these attributes are a reflection of spirituality. It was apparent that these should guide my interactions with others, with family and friends and in business and professional endeavors.
The Lord’s blessings continue to be with me. My husband, Jerry, and my family are wonderfully sweet blessings. I also count my family at Lipscomb University as one of these blessings. Of great importance is utilizing the opportunity to be a blessing to others. My roles and responsibilities as a professor provide vast opportunities to do just that. Interactions with students, staff and faculty continually provide circumstances favorable to giving and receiving and the chance to be a blessing. It is my hope that the knowledge, values and example I provide are evident to those around me. It will be a sweet blessing indeed to know that I have helped others in this regard and, in doing so, offered them a path to achieving successes of their own. That small town pharmacy has long since gone. The lessons it taught still remain and are more valuable than ever.