Alumnus gives dose of support to Pharmacy Technician students

By College Relations | July 16, 2021

Shane Bishop, CEO of Catalyst Helathcare
Shane Bishop, CEO of Catalyst Healthcare

The CEO of Catalyst Healthcare is giving Pharmacy Technician students a dose of support with a gift to the Our Students, Your Health campaign.

Shane Bishop, founder and CEO of Catalyst Healthcare, is donating $30,000 in support of Okanagan College’s Health Sciences Centre on the Kelowna campus.

Bishop spent his first two years of post-secondary at the College, and the gift is his way of paying it forward to the organization and its students.

“Okanagan College provides access to future careers and I wanted to be part of supporting students entering the pharmacy sector,” he says.

“This new Health Sciences Centre is an incredible advancement in the capability of what the College can offer and it’s great to be part of it.”

Bishop is no stranger to innovation in health care. Starting his career at a time when technology was poised to transform the pharmacy sector, he began exploring how automation could improve medication packaging and care instructions. This focus on technology and innovation led to the founding of Catalyst Healthcare, a company specializing in medication management for pharmacies and patients.

Catalyst Healthcare’s gift will support a new ante room where Pharmacy Technician students will practice making custom medications along with undergoing strict cleaning and gowning protocols before entering an aseptic lab.

This gift creates pride and encouragement for our students who see that an alumnus and owner of a health care business is investing in their education,” says Yvonne Moritz, OC’s Interim Dean of Science, Technology and Health.

Moritz adds the ante room is a new space for Pharmacy Technician students that wasn’t previously available.

“Thank you to Shane and Catalyst Healthcare for supporting state-of-the-art learning spaces for our health care students.”

The Okanagan College Foundation is now $1 million away from reaching its $5-million fundraising goal to equip and complete the new Health Sciences Centre.

The Foundation is inviting the business sector to support the education of eight high demand health care professions so the Centre is ready when students return to face-to-face learning this fall.

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Tags: OC Foundation, Pharmacy Technician, Health Sciences Centre, Health and Social Development, Kelowna



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