Pharmacy Times® and Parata Systems celebrated the winners of the 2019 Next-Generation Pharmacist® Awards yesterday at a ceremony held concurrently with the 2019 NCPA Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

The Next-Generation Pharmacist® Awards is a national program that salutes pharmacy professionals who are defining the industry’s future. Now in its tenth year, Pharmacy Times® and Parata Systems, cofounders of this prestigious awards program, recognize pharmacy leaders across a wide range of practice settings who embody the innovation and inspiration in pharmacy and the future vision of the profession.



Here are the winners in all 10 categories for the 2019 Next-Generation Pharmacist® Awards! Please join us in congratulating these winners for their outstanding efforts to improve patient health.
 
2019 Next-Generation Pharmacist of the Year & Entrepreneur 2019
Danial S. Fuchs, RPh
Pharmacist and Owner
Fuchs Family Pharmacies

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
My father established, owned, and operated Dick’s Pharmacy in Twin Falls, Idaho, in 1975 after practicing pharmacy for 15 years. I was able to witness his positive contribution to health care in our community, and that inspired me to pursue a career in pharmacy.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
Along with my brothers, I founded and am the managing partner of K2RED LLC, which owns 9 pharmacies and has 120 employees. My wife (also a pharmacist) and I were corecipients of the 2019 Professional Achievement Award from Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. Our 3 children also chose to become pharmacists.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
My philosophy is to hire good, trustworthy pharmacists and entrust them with managing our pharmacies as their own.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
I would like to see the profession of pharmacy continue to move toward expanded prescriptive authority with a reimbursement system from third party payers for this service. Pharmacists are qualified, in many situations, to independently prescribe and should be able to bill for these valuable services.
 
CIVIC LEADER 2019
Curtis C. Gielow, DLaw (Hon), MHA, BSPharm
President and CEO
Gielow Ventures, LLC

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
A desire to blend my interest in science with a passion to serve people.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
Innovations in unit dose dispensing in the ‘70s in hospital pharmacy, creation of state legislation empowering pharmacy practice in Wisconsin, and being the founding dean of a new pharmacy school in Wisconsin.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
Service above self…and trust in the Lord with all your heart.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
Continuing the enhanced role of the pharmacist in patient care and the ultimate achievement of unlimited prescribing rights for the professional with the most comprehensive knowledge of drug therapies.
 
FUTURE PHARMACIST 2019
Drake Reiter
Drake University

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
I was inspired to enter the pharmacy profession because I wanted to spend my life helping others. Seeing how many patients pharmacists can impact on a daily basis made the choice to pursue pharmacy very easy for me.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT
My greatest achievements in pharmacy have been serving as a legislative intern in the Iowa House of Representatives and working to pass pro-pharmacy legislation, as well as serving as Drake University’s American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists chapter president.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” This quote by Martin Luther King Jr exemplifies the mind-set that I have tried to adopt and the life I have tried to live on a daily basis.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
What I envision for the profession of pharmacy is complete collaboration with the medical profession. I see a world where patients visit their physician for a diagnosis, then they see their pharmacist for treatment of their disease or illness.
 
SPECIALTY PHARMACIST 2019
Kirollos Hanna, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Hematology/Oncology Clinical Pharmacist
University of Minnesota Medical Center

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
I sought the field of pharmacy, particularly oncology pharmacy, for the opportunities to have a positive impact on patients. Having once been a patient, I have a strong appreciation for the value pharmacists bring to care teams.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
I consider one of my greatest achievements to be the impact I’ve had on my patients. Some of my patients have become lifelong friends. I also consider my contributions to science through academia, publications, education, and mentorship to be part of these achievements.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” I truly believe that if we do our best in all we do, we can make significant strides forward for our patients, community, and the world. I am driven for my patients.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
My vision for pharmacy practice is the incorporation of a pharmacist in every care team and practice. Pharmacists provide valuable insights in the ever-changing field of medicine and patient-centered care.
 
LIFETIME LEADERSHIP 2019
Bruce R. Canaday, PharmD, FASHP, FAPHA
Dean
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
I was inspired by our neighborhood pharmacist when he came to speak at our high school. He was trusted, compassionate, knowledgeable, and caring. I wanted to be like that!

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
Both patient care and teaching provided many opportunities to have a positive impact on individuals. Collectively, I guess those would be my greatest achievements. From an organizational perspective, I am honored to have been selected by my peers to serve as president of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Pharmacists Association, and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
Do the right thing. Be worthy of others’ trust. Build and nurture personal relationships. Take care of yourself so you will be around to take care of others. Be reflective, not reactive. Lead when you are needed. Failure is an event, not a personal attribute. Learn from it.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
Pharmacists will be recognized as the medication expert on the health care team. We will be the provider responsible and accountable for achieving optimal patient outcomes associated with medication use.
 
PATIENT CARE PROVIDER 2019
Mayank Amin, PharmD, MBA, RPh
Owner
Skippack Pharmacy

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
I became a pharmacist because I wanted to work in a field where I wasn’t just a health care professional but a trusted resource and friend who could serve and care for people as if they were my own family.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
Achievements aren’t measured by accolades; they are measured by the impact one makes. As a pharmacist, my greatest achievement has been the opening of an independent pharmacy driven by patient care, not profits.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
Before my grandmother passed away, she told me to take care of other people as if I were taking care of her, and in the past year, I’ve been doing just that since opening Skippack Pharmacy.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
My vision for the pharmacy profession is one that puts patients’ health over profits, one that gives patients the option to choose and support local pharmacies, and one in which pharmacists have a larger role in a patient’s health care decisions.
 
HEALTH-SYSTEM PHARMACIST 2019
Sarah L. Anderson, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, BCACP
Associate Professor and Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
University of Colorado and Denver Health Medical Center

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
I became a pharmacist because it was an ideal way for me to combine my passions for science and helping others.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
Educating patients and seeing them become better able to care and advocate for themselves. It is rewarding to see a patient learn to independently manage their medications and conditions.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
Always be inquisitive and never stop learning. Be generous with your time and your kindness. Approach your patients as people and as the top priority in all that you do.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
I believe everyone should have regular access to a clinical pharmacist. Interacting with one’s pharmacist should be standard of care and as routine as seeing any other health care provider.
 
TECHNICIAN 2019
Allison S. Loring, CPhT
Specialty Billing Technician
Walgreens

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
I worked on the retail side of a store for a few years and realized that the pharmacy was where I could provide the highest level of customer care.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
I helped to develop a bedside delivery program for new organ transplant recipients, where we handle management of complicated drug regimens and third-party billing in coordination with our hospital affiliate.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
Always give when you have the means. A little generosity can go a long way, and even just giving your kindness can have a huge impact.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
I hope to see more changes in health care regulation so we can focus solely on patient care and treating conditions without extra concern for cost barriers.
 
TECHNOLOGY INNOVATOR 2019
Jenny Bingham, PharmD, BCACP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
SinfoniaRx

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
When I was younger, my uncle passed away during the AIDS epidemic. He inspired me to provide compassionate care to those in turmoil through education, innovation, and improved care continuity.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
I am blessed with a career that has afforded me opportunities to innovate and advocate for sustainable telehealth pharmacy programs in chronic care management, care transition, and neuropsychiatric telehealth settings.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
The effort is the prize. The true reward is the experience we gain along our professional journey by learning from our volunteers, technicians, students, members, and, most important, our patients.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
Our profession will soon embark on its greatest transformation yet, as we strive to implement provider status and expand telehealth pharmacist roles to serve those afflicted by national provider shortages.
 
RISING STAR 2019
MAJ Miranda Debelevich, PharmD, BCGP, US AF
Pharmacy Flight Commander
US Air Force

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
My grandfather, who helped raise me, suffered with bouts of cancer for a decade. I wanted to become a pharmacist to help those who were suffering like he did and, hopefully, heal them.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS
My proudest moments have been being recognized by my peers as Small Pharmacy Team of the Year and Junior Officer of the Year by the Society of Air Force Pharmacy.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY
My grandfather would always tell me, “Don’t sleep the day away,” which motivated me to always try to get the most I could out of each day. Even if it’s just a small achievement, it’s still a win.

VISION FOR PHARMACY
I would like to see the role of pharmacists continue to expand. We are gaining the ability to prescribe some common medications, and I think this is a valuable role that should be implemented in every state.