2015 Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Finalists

Read about the 2015 Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Finalists.

2015 Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Finalists

Director, Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Programs, Geisinger Health System

Danville, PA

Michael Evans is the director of Ambulatory Clinical Pharmacy Programs with Geisinger Health System (GHS) and leads the Medication Disease Management Program. “Mike’s contributions have led to excellent outcomes for patients: the pain therapy program has given patients better pain control, diabetics with previously uncontrolled A1C3 have gotten within range, and cancer patients with medication side effects have been managed successfully,” his nominator wrote.

Greatest Achievements

Being a father, obtaining a pilot’s license, and developing, building, and operating an ambulatory pharmacy disease management program at GHS.

Source of Inspiration

The challenge of flight, the opportunity to fly, and the inspiration and discipline of clinical pharmacy. I think those things helped me develop dedication and inspired me to get ahead.

Personal Philosophy

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough! Patience and hard work are key to every man’s success.

Vision for Pharmacy

“Virtual pharmacy” with a distributed pharmacy/pharmacist network matrixed throughout the health system. Completely connected electronically with one electronic health record.

Clinical Pharmacy, Inova Alexandria Hospital

Alexandria, VA

Joseph Gibbons, PharmD, BCPS, is a clinical pharmacy specialist in infectious diseases at Inova Alexandria Hospital. Joe “led efforts in solving transfer-of-care issues within the hospital. Through these efforts he’s known to empower colleagues and elevate the pharmacy department,” his nominator wrote.

Greatest Achievements

Working with an incredible multidisciplinary team. Through teamwork and collaboration, we are able to accomplish outstanding patient outcomes. Any creative idea or leadership I provide is my contribution to the team as I strive to maximize each of our team member’s talents.

Source of Inspiration

The wealth of knowledge that individuals in our field of pharmacy and health care possess.

Personal Philosophy

There is no single right answer on the path to success. I am mindful of every thought and action, and follow my heart and intuition.

Vision for Pharmacy

Pharmacists should strive to develop communication techniques to become effective change agents to facilitate multidisciplinary involvement with patient care, health care education, and research.

Vice President, Henry Ford Health System/Pharmacy Advantage

Daniel Kus is the vice president of Henry Ford Health System/Pharmacy Advantage. His “visions of trailblazing tactics to utilize technology in the specialty-pharmacy market and his intuitive industry perspective have helped advance the practice of pharmacy,” his nominator wrote.

Greatest Achievements

Spearheading initiatives focused on improving clinical outcomes through therapy management and technological advancements for seamless patient transitions.

Source of Inspiration

Witnessing health systems suffer from fragmented care and patients unable to navigate medical resources triggered my aspiration to innovate and establish approaches in the advancement of therapy management/support programs.

Personal Philosophy

I have built my personal philosophy on the acronym HIT—honesty, integrity, and transparency.

Vision for Pharmacy

Programs focused on disease education, therapy management, clinical support, and technological advancements to reduce unnecessary hospitalization. I truly believe that the professional collaboration between pharmacists and medical staff is the future of health care.