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Page 10 Wednesday, October 3, 2012 The Adams County Record Community Spotlight Kelly Ross Integrity and Commitment By Deb Wilson in high school ("I was just too social;' she admit- tedJ lhd dropped out in the iith grade. "But don't think because I was an only child that I got an easy ride;' she said. Her parents were disappoint- ed, but gave her a choice to either finish school or start earning her own way. They had taught Taking medication isn't much fun for most peo- ple, but when it's admin- istered with the happy smile of Kelly Ross, phar- macy technician at the Adams County Health Clinic Pharmacy, it isn't so hard to swallow. With 17 years experi- ence in pharmacy, Kelly still cares deeply about her customers. She'll deliver or arrange for-her homebound patients to get their meds, and will make sure that folks don't have to go without their prescriptions over the weekend if Park-vu can't get them to Council by Friday. "This community has done so much for me her to be responsible and respect- ful. She'd already been working in a pet store by age 14, and added another job in the Payless Drug since I moved to Cotancil Store at age with my daughter Kylie" 16. she explained, "and I P ayl e s s want to be able to give m a n a g e- back" Going through ment liked an ugly divorce, Kelly her way moved here from Weiserwith people, with Kylie in 2007. She and trained became the ACHE phar- her in all of macy technician in 2006. their depart- A pharmacist needs an intricate knowledge of chemistry, medicine and drug interactions, and primarily deals with the doctors' calls. A phar- macy technician can do many jobs the pharma- cist does, except for man- aging new and changed prescriptions, and rec- ommending over the slow. Working alone in the small pharmacy, she appreciates the folks who stop by and chat. "That's why I'm so talkative7 she laughed. "I just like the people herey She felt called a few years ago to expand her community involvement. "I just knew there was something more I could local pharmacy techni- cian she knows the medi- cal history of her patients. The challenges of EMT care arise particular- ly when it's a child or someone close. "It's hard to separate your emo- tional feeling from your professional feeling7 she explained. "Fortunately I go into work mode at the scene and don't think about it until after a cally Her worst call was when she was a student, and her team treated a child suffer- ing a trau- matic brain injury from a rodeo accident. They nearly lost "him a few times on " route, but for her Her position is unique, as ments, plac- it reinforced the ACHE pharmacy is ing her as a that this was first and only remote pharmacy clerk when she counter or prescribeddo, and I needed to do; a place where she could program in turned 18. When offered medications. Kelly fills she recalled, and shemake a difference. Strong : ate. She is a the opportunity for the prescriptions, labelsenrolled in emergencyfaith helps her cope. ":~ ~:~ ~:@ , ;,~,~, " :::4;~,~ ager, PUt lS pharmacy technician bottles and counts pills, medical technician train- In addition to her EMT a superv~,~ _mployee at training and position, and handles the red tape ing in 2008. EMT train- work, Kelly also teaches the same time. The Idaho State Board of Pharmacy has worked to develop new rules and regulations to ensure the legality of the program, and Kelly's excited at its success. She seemed destined to be the foundation of that success. Fascinated by ocean life, she had thought about a career in marine biology as a child in Tigard, Oregon. However, she fell behind she grabbed it, obtain- ing the required GED in 1996, and completing the intensive on-the-job tech training and classes. When her parents moved to Mesa in the late 1990's, Kel!y found freedom in the lack of area stoplights, and moved to Weiser. She was the perfect fit when Park-vu Pharmacy opened the pharmacy technician position at ACHC. with the insurance com- panies. "It's kind of scary how insurance has so much power," she said as she explained how easily insurance companies can now require preautho- rization and change the medications they offer. "Customers can get upset with their coverage, and I try to resolve the prob- lems for them: She said her job can be extremely busy or very ing is challenging and intensive, She'll complete even more training once the state has resolved the new requirements for EMT basic certification. An ambulance ride is a frightening experi- ence. Although all of the Council emergency medical technicians are skilled workers, having EMT Kelly Ross adminis- ter emergency services is an added benefit. As the First Aid and CPR. She'd just come in from assist- ing the two day break- down of the Wesley fire camp in Council at the time of this interview, and was busy being mom. "I love watch- ing my kids go through their milestones, seeing them happy and know- ing they love me, she smiled. Kylie, now 10, is her mother hen. Michael, 2, is an all boy-get-up- and-go-every-minute machine, grinning widely at each new adventure. Kelly enjoys her time with her kids, her parents Sandy and Craig Sova, her cat Psycho, her dogs Trapper and Trucker, and a Quaker parrot named Louis. Although she never became a marine biologist, she delights in showing her children the wonders of sea and wildlife. In addition to her busy work and family life, she's writing a pio- neer era novel personal- ized to this area about an 18-year-old venturing out to make a life in the wilderness. In some ways the story's theme reflects her own venture into life. Kelly recalled the strength and opti- mism her strong-willed grandmother, Winifred Hoelsher, gave her when she told her, "Go live your life to the fullest. Search yourself and know who you are." Kelly loves knowing the people she sees in Council. "You would never know people this intimately in a larg- er city," she said. "Even though it's the poorest county people still con- tribute to each other in times of need. Somehow in spite of the economy Council just seems to hold its own." "I'm so grateful my cus- tomers think of coming to this pharmacy first, keeping us open and keeping business local;' she said. Her patients are grateful for her integ- rity and commitment. It makes life work better in a small town. Bear Facts By Tina Warner- 258-4471 According to the infor- mation passed out at the meeting about the Bear Creek fire, we are in good shape. And I am sure the c.!n we had didn't hurt a thing. Smoke has cleared out as well. Here are a few items from the Fire Update as of Sept. 28th at the Bear School House from the material handed out by Beth Lund's crew: "The area coverage, will be reduced as of 6 a.m. Saturday, September 29th. Changes are on the north at the Payette Forest Boundary and the east and southeast sides of the fire." There are still a large number of vehicles going by both in the morning and again at night and we were told they will be here for some time. Mark Davis returned to his home Friday to attend his daughter's music pro- gram at the Fruitland school. He brought his son, Jay, to spend the weekend at Bear and hunt with his dad and Jake Luke. They all left Sunday evening. Ben Warner, W.G.M., and Sue Warner, W.G.M., attended the joint meet- ing of Weiser and Payette Eastern Star in Payette, Saturday. Weiser initiated a new member, and both chapters were hosts to the State Leaders for the after- noon. Oscar Warner is attend- ing the Kindergarten pro- gram at Tater Tots. His sister, Eva, just enjoys the program for the younger ones. Sharon Lee is leaving for Albany, New York where she is showing some of her very old dolls, doing some sewing and meeting many doll collectors. Then she will fly home to get ready for her trip to Spokane, WA. WhirlpOol