Alumni establish scholarship to benefit PharmD and MBA students

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Idaho State University alumni Joshua and Sandee Gehrke have established their third scholarship to Idaho State University. The new Josh and Sandee Gehrke PharmD/MBA Scholarship Endowment will benefit students pursuing the joint Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration offered by the College of Business and the College of Pharmacy.

Sandee and Josh have remained involved with Idaho State since graduation and have enjoyed great success in their careers. Sandee, a 2003 health care administration graduate from Idaho State, was recently named senior vice president and chief operating officer of St. Luke’s Health System in Boise after serving as vice president. system operations for more than seven years.

Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Sandee was able to embark on a successful career through the connections she made while working on a summer internship, participating in an administrative residency, and joining the Healthcare Corporation of America. After pursuing her MBA in Denver, Colorado, Sandee went to work as an assistant operations manager at a hospital in Las Vegas, then returned to Idaho where she worked as a director of operation of the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

Josh graduated from Idaho State University College of Pharmacy in 2009 and now co-owns and operates a compounding pharmacy in Boise.

Josh began his love of pharmacy at age 15 when he worked as a pharmacy technician. While at Idaho State University, Josh held a variety of healthcare roles, including Medical Director of the Pocatello Free Clinic. Throughout his career, Josh has held pharmacy positions in Colorado, Nevada and Idaho as a clinical hospital pharmacist, night pharmacist and pharmacy manager.

As Boise-area natives, Sandee and Josh enjoyed their return to Idaho and the opportunity to stay involved at the University. Sandee currently serves on the College of Business Healthcare Administration Advocacy Board and the ISU Foundation Board, while Josh serves on the College of Pharmacy Advocacy Board. The couple have already received two scholarships, one for pharmacy students and the other for healthcare administration students.

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