2016 Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Finalists

Pharmacy Times, July 2016 Digestive Health, Volume 82, Issue 7

Read about the 2016 Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Finalists.

2015 Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Finalists

Michelle Hilaire describes her job as clinical associate professor at University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy/Fort Collins Family Medicine Center as her “dream job.” She believes forging strong student relationships now can only enhance the future success of the pharmacy practice.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Working with pharmacy students and residents to help coordinate transitions of care for patients being discharged from the health system. Seeing pharmacists viewed as such valuable members of the team is why I go to work every day.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

My colleagues who, day in and day out, are being asked to do more with fewer resources. I have been supported by amazing family, friends, and mentors who have pushed me.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

My main goal is to try to be as nice a person as I can. Everyone has something to teach me; I just don’t always realize the lesson at the exact moment.

VISION FOR PHARMACY

My vision for the pharmacy practice is centered on collaboration. Giving back is about creating a better environment for our profession. Pharmacists are vital members of all health care teams.

Whiteriver Indian Hospital Whiteriver, Arizona

Hillary Duvivier has been pushing boundaries and striving to expand the scope of her clinical pharmacy practice since day 1. On a national level, she has been on the front lines in combating the opioid epidemic in Indian country. She has personally led several initiatives to increase access to naloxone to save lives.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Completing a postgraduate year 1 pharmacy practice residency and developing my primary residency project with the Indian Health Service. I was able to design and implement a novel pharmacy practice in chronic pain management.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

All my effort to improve pain management and combat prescription drug abuse stems from personal tragedy. I hope to make an impact by changing the culture around opioid prescribing and improve patient care.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

There are never enough pharmacists. They tend to be able to have a positive impact, no matter where they practice. Also, if you choose a profession you’re truly passionate about, it isn’t really just work.

VISION FOR PHARMACY

My dream is to have all pharmacists practicing to the fullest of their education and training. If all pharmacists pushed their boundaries more often, maybe we could collectively make health care better for all.

Drake University Des Moines, Iowa

As a professor of pharmacy practice at Drake University, Geoff Wall has been fortunate to work in a vibrant internal medicine and critical care practice, where he feels he has contributed positively to his patients and the profession. He was instrumental in starting the postgraduate year 1 pharmacy residency program at the university.

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Starting numerous programs, including a pharmacist-run penicillin allergy testing program, an anticoagulation monitoring program, a pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic kinetics program, and the Drake Drug Information Center. I’ve also won preceptor and mentor of the year awards.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

My students and residents inspire me. It is my responsibility to give them the best pharmacy experience I can and train them the best I can.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

In the end, your caring and willingness to work with a team of professionals will get you the farthest—much farther than the letters behind your name.

VISION FOR PHARMACY

Pharmacy, as a profession, needs to completely take ownership of the medication use process, including safety, efficacy, monitoring, adherence, and cost-effectiveness. No other health care profession can do this.