Rhett in pharmacy

Feb 09, 2021 / Spotlight

Get to Know our Staff: Rhett King, Pharmacy

What is your role at Scottish Rite for Children? 
I am one of the staff pharmacists. My job includes reviewing, verifying and modifying medication orders for our patients, filling prescriptions for our clinic and surgery patients and coordinating with nursing on inpatient medication needs. I meet with patients during clinic visits and upon admission to review their current medication list and I counsel/educate them on the medications they receive here.

What led you to Scottish Rite? How long have you worked here? 
I began as a retail pharmacist in 1989. After 22 years working for various pharmacy chains, I transitioned to hospital pharmacy in 2011. I first worked the night shift at Children’s Health in the IV room for five years. During that time, I was hired to work as a part-time pharmacist at Scottish Rite during my off week from Children’s. When a full-time position opened here in 2016, I made the wise choice to accept it and have been extremely happy ever since.

What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite for Children?
Coming from a large hospital where I rarely left the IV room, I instantly appreciated the chance to interact with patients and their families. My favorite part of my job is being able to see the work that we do transform our patients’ lives. 

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?
My very first job was as a swimming instructor and lifeguard for a public pool in a small city, near the even smaller town where I grew up in south Louisiana. I attended LSU in Baton Rouge (proud Tiger Band Alumni) before transferring to NLU (now ULM) for pharmacy school. It was at a job fair my senior year where I was recruited to come to Dallas to work for Eckerd Drugs. That job offer changed the entire trajectory of my life. I had never considered leaving Louisiana. Now, Dallas is my home.  

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to stay physically active with weightlifting and exercising. I love music, movies and games (not video games). Give me a board game, card game, charades or trivia game, and I’m happy. 

What’s something—big or small—that you’re really good at?
My mom taught me to love crossword puzzles. I still enjoy working one with her when I visit. I have become a big fan of Escape Rooms, most likely due to the “puzzle” aspect of it.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I think I wanted to be one of the Super Friends when I was a kid. But once my superpowers failed to develop, I became much more practical. I knew I would choose a medical field but lacked the stomach for nursing or medical school. I think I found what I was meant to do.

What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
Snowboarding looks like fun. 

What’s the first concert you ever went to?
REO Speedwagon (1983 Baton Rouge)

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