After serving in leadership positions in multiple pharmacy business units throughout the U.S. for more than 19 years with Walgreens, last month Randall Odebralski became the new Chief Operating Officer for the healthcare nonprofit Good Days – one of the nation’s largest providers of financial help to seriously ill Americans who cannot afford their medication.
Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Can you tell us about your background and what influenced your decision to do the work that you do?
I come from a humble background, our motto was to be happy for what you have and to contribute where you can. A foundational piece of my upbringing was the importance of helping others, and that has definitely stayed with me today. As I moved through college I decided to focus on health administration and almost by chance got a position with Walgreens. It was an organization that I enjoyed working for and learning from, and I stayed with them for 19 years. At Walgreens I gained experience in the business aspects of the healthcare industry, but outside of that – having the ability to impact a patients’ life, to contribute to a better balance of life for an individual, touches a common thread between all people and makes it more than just work for me.
How has your work in the specialty pharmaceutical sector prepared you for your new role with Good Days?
My initial entrance into the healthcare world began with a traditional pharmacy focus around providing maintenance medications such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes therapies, and expanded into dealing with patients who required more complex therapies and care plans, including home and ambulatory infusion, long term care, hospice and home care, and most recently with specialty medications.
Collectively, these experiences have given me an understanding of the impact one can have in their respective role working as a part of a care continuum. Whether it be financial assistance, or help with travel and lodging costs associated with receiving treatments, I truly appreciate what we can offer at Good Days and am fortunate to be a part of a hard-working team that has allowed me to continue to thrive and to contribute in making a difference for people. [Read more…]