Get to Know Our Director of Kirby Rx, Dan Burkybile

Get to Know: Dan Burkybile – Director of Pharmacy Services

Why Dan chose being a Pharmacist-

"I loved animals and grew up with lots of them – parrots, tons of dogs, a cat, fish, and more. When I started to job shadow my junior/senior of high school 2001/2002, every veterinarian told me the market was saturated and it would be hard to find jobs. Plan B was look into pharmacy and after job shadowing, it looked easy enough so off I went to pharmacy school."

The best thing about Dan's job-

"Lots of problem solving. Every day is different and you are forced to learn new things all the time."

What Dan has gained from being a part of our Kirby Family-

"Our mission of wellness has really sparked me. I’ve never done triathlon’s before. I’ve completed 2 sprint triathlons and my first 10 K (all hosted by KMC) since joining Kirby the summer of 2018. Now, I’m attending CrossFit 5 days a week. We are lucky we have experts here in various specialties. Jordan + crew are great CrossFit coaches. Andrew Buffenbarger, KMC Chief Compliance Officier, has helped me find a road bike and got me cycling. Kathleen Quinn, Registered Dietitian, has coached me in swimming technique with her expertise. Even the therapy department has nursed me back to activity when I had a pinched nerve in my back. Our Café is great here too – I eat there every day!"

Life outside of KMC-

"My wife, Jessica, is nurse but works as the Continuing Education Coordinator at Carle (main hospital). Three kids – Sophie (8) who loves gymnastics, Henry (7) who likes hockey and soccer and wants to be the center of attention all the time (my wife says he takes after me!?), and DJ (3) who loves Cars (the movie with Lightning McQueen). Our 2 golden retrievers are also a big part of our family – Rudy (10) and Rose (3). We also just adopted “Kevin” a cat that showed up at Edith Clayton’s house. We love the movie Home Alone and this cat didn’t have a home until Edith found him so Kevin seemed fitting as he was the star of Home Alone."

Outside of Kirby, Dan coaches the HS soccer team and loves to compete against the athletes come summertime. He loves a good card or board game with friends.

The best moment of Dan's career so far-

"2019 – With Tanya Oliger, Bruce Strike, and Mark Fred we licensed a hospital pharmacy and now a retail pharmacy – Kirby Rx. I was just named coach of year from the Decatur Herald and News-Gazette."

Dan's workday in a nutshell-

"First thing in the morning, I review patient charts – new patients, new labs, changes that occurred overnight. This will prepare me to go on medical rounds to see our inpatients with the nurse and hospitalist. During and after rounds, I will put in or edit medical orders. Post rounds, I check medications to make sure they are filled correctly and then consult with patients as needed. Lately, I’ve also been heading over to Kirby Rx to help fill in when I can."

Dan is determind, bold, and perceptive. We are so lucky to have him as a part of our Kirby family!

Dan is most excited about the growth of Kirby Rx in 2020!

The pharmacy’s hours are:
Monday- Thursday 7:30 am-6:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Phone (217) 762-1899 | Fax (217) 762-2873

The pharmacy is staffed by local pharmacists and technicians, who are available to promptly serve your pharmacy and health care needs.

https://www.kirbyhealth.org/services/pharmacy/kirby-rx/

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