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The Power of One: Moving Mountains

Published Online: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
If you don’t think that one person alone can make a difference in this country, we can prove you wrong. Fortunately, the entrepreneurial spirit survives, and it can be found in the most unlikely places, yielding remarkable results. A single person can move mountains.

Pharmacy Times is proud to announce 10 such individuals as the winners of the Next-Generation PharmacistTM Awards. They are represented by the 10 categories that showcase the pharmacists, student pharmacist, and technician who have made an impact—and have moved mountains in their own special ways.     

We are proud of all the category finalists in this awards program, a unique program in partnership with Parata Systems, which is now in its fourth year and is our way of giving back to the profession. These individuals embody the best of pharmacy and community service. Each of them was profiled in the July issue of Pharmacy Times and their stories can be found online at

Now, we unveil the category winners and continue to tell their stories. And there is a remarkable collection of stories here—and many mountains have been moved as their accomplishments are tallied. The issue you hold in your hands will be unveiled at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Total Store Expo in Las Vegas at a gala dinner event.

The top honor, chosen by our judges from among the category winners, is the 2013 Next-Generation PharmacistTM—and she graces our cover. Amy Bachyrycz, PharmD, works in the Walgreens Patient Care Center at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she combines her knowledge and experience gained behind the counter as well as behind the lectern as a working pharmacist and a pharmacy professor.

Dr. Bachyrycz is well known in her New Mexico community, and it will not surprise anyone there that she has been chosen as the winner of the Patient Advocate of the Year category. Meet the woman who can move mountains—and has done so—as she accepts the special top honor as the 2013 Next-Generation PharmacistTM. Here’s what her nominator said, “Amy is the epitome of an industry trailblazer. She puts her smarts to work for the betterment of her state and its citizens.”

These Next-Generation PharmacistTM award winners all prove the power of one—as they put their smarts to work in their communities.

Thank you for reading!

Mike Hennessy
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer
Mike Hennessy, Chairman and CEO
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ABOUT MIKE HENNESSY, President, Chairman, CEO

Mike Hennessy is President, Chairman, and CEO of MJH & Associates and Intellisphere, LLC, publisher of influential journals in health care, finance, and politics, including Pharmacy Times. Pharmacy Times is a clinically based, monthly journal providing practical information pharmacists can use in their everyday practice. Each issue contains articles and features covering medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management watches, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law, and specialty pharmacy. Pharmacy Times is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of free continuing pharmacy education.

As a businessman, entrepreneur, and publisher of magazines, iPad editions, projects, and Web sites that focus on the needs of health care professionals, Hennessy is intimately familiar with the challenges these professionals face every day in today's competitive practice environment. News & Views: Hennessy's Highlights dissects health care policy issues, the impact of pharmacy on national health care, and the critical issues that concern pharmacists as the new health care reform legislation is debated.

As publisher of Pharmacy Times, Mr. Hennessy launched the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards in partnership with Parata Systems, to recognize the achievements of pharmacists in health care. "As the leader in pharmacy publishing, Pharmacy Times is shining a light on the critical role of the pharmacist in today's health care world and providing invaluable insight into the profession," Mike Hennessy, chairman, chief executive officer, and president said. "We are proud to recognize individual pharmacists in this 2nd annual awards program."

Pharmacy Times is published by Intellisphere, LLC, a leading provider of health care publishing, research, information, and education. Operating within both traditional and digital media channels, Intellisphere serves the needs of health care professionals through an extensive suite of magazines, journals, e-mail databases, Web sites, events and personal meetings. Intellisphere reaches more than half a million health care professionals through Pharmacy Times, Specialty Pharmacy Times, The American Journal of Managed Care, The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, MDNG,, Oncology & Biotech News, Oncology Net Guide, Contemporary Oncology, and Oncology Net Guide: Nurses' Edition.
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