ASHP Celebrates Best Practices Award Winners


The award recognizes pharmacists who demonstrate leadership and innovation in enhancing patient care and other areas of pharmacy practice.

Six pharmacy teams have been recognized by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) with the Best Practices Award. A reception for the honorees was held Sunday, during the 54th ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas.1

The award recognizes pharmacists who demonstrate leadership and innovation in enhancing patient care and other areas of pharmacy practice.1,2 Sponsored in cooperation with Amgen, it was established in 1999.1

“These pharmacist-led teams applied bold thinking and creative approaches to address critical medication-use issues,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, PharmD, ScD (Hon.), FASHP, in a prepared statement.1 “This award is a fitting recognition of their inspiring work to improve the quality of care patients receive in all health care settings, and expand the pharmacist’s role on the health care team.”

Best Practices Award winners receive plaques, and they presented posters summarizing their respective programs at the reception.2 The winners include:1

  • Development and Outcomes of a High-Touch, Integrated Specialty Pharmacy Model at an Academic Health System, Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. The team included Autumn Zuckerman, PharmD, AAHIVP, BCPS, CSP; Jacob Jolly, PharmD, CSP; Nisha Shah, PharmD; Ryan Nix, PharmD; Elizabeth Cherry, PharmD; Matthew Phillips, PharmD; Rebecca Yoon, PharmD; Nicholas Brakefield, PharmD; and Tara Kelley, PharmD, MMHC, CSP.
  • Impact of a Centralized Pharmacy Transitions of Care Program on 30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates for Patients Discharged from Contracted Skilled Nursing Facilities, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Region, Oakland, Calif. The team included Karen Cham, PharmD, BCPS, CPHQ; Alfonso Becerra, PharmD; Adenola Akilo, PharmD; Kelvin Chan, PharmD; Shubhi Nagrani, PharmD; Jodi Loyles, PharmD, BCACP; and Carolyn Woo, PharmD.
  • Implementation of a Scalable Pharmacy Population Health Model at a Large Regional Health System, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, N.C. The team included Beth S. Williams, PharmD; Molly T. Hinely, PharmD, BCPS, CPP; Tiffany J. Sherod-Harris, PharmD; Candace M. Dixon, PharmD, BCACP, CPP, MSCR; Jennifer E. Tryon, PharmD, MS, FASHP; and Brian A. Marlow, PharmD, MBA.
  • Implementation of an Opioid Stewardship Program at an Academic Medical Center, UK HealthCare, Lexington, Ky. The team included Douglas R. Oyler, PharmD; Phillip K. Chang, MD, MBA; Kristy S. Deep, MD; Stephanie M. Abel, PharmD, BCPS; and Kimberley B. Hite, PharmD, MS.
  • Pharmacy Driven Rapid Bacteremia Response Program, Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Ky. The team included Ashley M. Wilde, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID; Matthew Song, PharmD; W. Paul Allen, PharmD; Leslie K. Kenney, BSPharm, BCPS; Alice H. Beane, PharmD, BCCCP, BCPS; Alan D. Junkins, PhD, D(ABMM); and Paul S. Schulz, MD
  • Transforming Data Into Insight: Establishment of a Pharmacy Analytics and Outcomes Team, UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, N.C. The team included Mary-Haston Vest, PharmD, MS, BCPS; Ashley Pappas, PharmD, MHA; Evan Colmenares, PharmD; Scott W. Savage, PharmD, MS; Timothy Weber, BSPharm, MBA; and Rowell Daniels, PharmD, MS, FASHP.


  • ASHP Announces 2019 Best Practices Award Winners [news release]. ASHP website. Accessed December 8, 2019.
  • ASHP Best Practices Award. ASHP website. Accessed December 8, 2019.

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