2017 Specialty Pharmacist of the Year Finalists

Pharmacy Times, July 2017 Digestive Health, Volume 83, Issue 7

Read about the 2017 Specialty Pharmacist of the Year finalists.

2017 Specialty Pharmacist of the Year Finalists

Jeannie Batson, RPh, BSPharm

Director of Pharmacy

Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Maryland Heights, Missouri

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

My greatest accomplishment has been creating and bringing to life the pharmacy department at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. When I started in 2006, we outsourced our pharmacy services. I built a pharmacy team that seamlessly integrates itself as part of the care team and collaborates with physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists, and dietitians every day to ensure our kids receive the most appropriate medications.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

I always knew I wanted to work in a profession that would give me the opportunity to help people. My high school counselor was instrumental in helping me select pharmacy as my chosen career. It’s crazy, but I love the complexity of medicine, how each medication works in the body, and all the different ways our body interacts with those medications.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

Always be kind. No act of kindness is ever a waste of time. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and compassion.

VISION FOR PHARMACY

My vision is that pharmacists be utilized to their full potential as members of the patient’s care team. We’ve moved beyond being dispensers of pills to an invaluable resource for ensuring patient safety.

William A. Stuart, RPh, BSPharm

President

Hartley Medical Center Pharmacy

Rialto, California

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

I am very proud of what my team and I have built with Hartley Medical Pharmacy.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

My father was a pharmacist and was appreciated by so many in his life. At some point, I knew I wanted to be just like him.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

Be the best you can be, and especially always be the best in pharmaceutical matters.

VISION FOR PHARMACY

I believe that pharmacists will be held to increasingly high standards as we become an integral part of patients’ safety and treatment.

Mike Swarner, RPh, BSPharm

Store Manager

Walgreens

Hagerstown, Maryland

GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

My greatest achievements have been the individual relationships I have built with my patients and sharing their joy when they overcome a health obstacle.

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

I entered the pharmacy profession to help folks in my community with their health. My first job was in a pharmacy, and I was amazed by the impact a pharmacist could have in his or her community.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

Look for opportunities to help someone new every day, whether at work or in the community.

VISION FOR PHARMACY

I foresee pharmacists becoming the most accessible member of the health care team, a position that will allow them to optimize medication use and improve patient health outcomes.