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Ken Couch Receives Inaugural Distinguished Mentor Award

Jul 30, 2014 Tags: SCPhA

The South Carolina Pharmacy Association (SCPhA) announces with great pleasure that Ken Couch received the inaugural Distinguished Mentor Award at their 2014 Annual Convention.  The award was presented on June 21, 2014 in Hilton Head at SCPhA's Annual Convention, and was created to recognize individuals who promote and encourage students or pharmacists to attain leadership positions and excellence in the practice of pharmacy through example as role model and mentor.

The first recipient of this award, and the pharmacist for whom the award is named, Ken Couch, RPh, personally exemplified the award's criteria. Over the years, Couch has helped numerous pharmacists open their own pharmacy and has served as a resource for countless others.  In addition, he was the President of SCPhA in 1983-1984, the 1978 Bowl of Hygeia award winner, the 1999 Pharmacist of the Year award winner, and has been recognized as a Fellow by APhA-APPM.  He has consistently inspired and mentored future leaders throughout his illustrious pharmacy career and continues to do so each year by hosting many pharmacy students at the Smith Drug Company facilities in Spartanburg, SC.

"Ken is an exemplary leader," says outgoing President Steve McElmurray. "He deserves this amazing honor."

The South Carolina Pharmacy Association is a professional organization representing over 5,000 pharmacy professionals across the state.  The mission of the South Carolina Pharmacy Association is to serve its members, enabling them to advance the science and practice of pharmacy.  For more information about the Association, its members, and its activities, please visit or call (803) 354-9977.