Tom J Fox is originally from Nebraska but grew up in Council Bluffs, IA. He attended Lewis Central High School and upon graduation was accepted into Creighton University from which he obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree in 1990.
Tom has worked in a variety of pharmacy settings during his career, including independent community pharmacy, nursing home, hospital and chain retail pharmacy. Currently he is practicing in small town Iowa, in a locally owned independent pharmacy in Harlan, IA.
Tom lives in Council Bluffs. He and his wife, Marie, have two grown children, Sara and Steven.
Number of years on the board: since the early 1990’s
Year of graduation/school/degree: 1990 / Creighton University / Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree
Hometown and current place of residence: Originally for Kearney, Ne but have lived in Council Bluffs, IA since childhood
Work title and site: Staff Pharmacist at an independent community pharmacy Kwik-Rx Pharmacy in Harlan, Ia for the last 8 years. Prior to this position, I was at Mercy Hospital pharmacy in Council Bluffs for 5 years as well as Johnson Pharmacy in Council Bluffs for 6 years as a student intern and Staff Pharmacist
Reasons why you decided to run for the board: Wanted to get involved in a local pharmacy organization, and later realized that the local area needed us volunteer board members to keep the association going.
Reflections on board/association involvement: One of the things I enjoy about our association is seeing everyone come together at our meetings and programs. Everyone enjoys getting together and “talking shop” and having a nice dinner and fraternizing. It’s a good feeling as a board member to seeing everyone interacting and having a good time, knowing that they would not have such an opportunity if it wasn’t for the efforts of our board. It’s also a good way to stay abreast of what is happening in pharmacy and challenging our profession.
Your goals for our profession: I would like to see pharmacists recognized as providers. We need to have a goal to be recognized and paid appropriately for our valuable services when we dispense medications to the patient. We need to make it a goal to encourage adequate re-imbursement formulas from private insurance and state Medicaid and Medicare to ensure survival of our profession as wee know it.
Other items of interest: In spare time I enjoy fishing, biking, going out to eat and to movies, and rooting for the Huskers… Go Big Red!