ASHP Honors Pharmacists for Innovative Best Practices

Six teams of practitioners who successfully created and carried out innovative approaches to improve the delivery of patient care within their health systems were recognized on December 5 at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 46th Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans. Sponsored in cooperation with Amgen, the award recognizes pharmacists who demonstrate leadership in enhancing patient care and other areas of pharmacy practice.

“The award winners have exhibited bold leadership by taking creative approaches to improve the quality of patient care,” said ASHP President Stanley S. Kent, MS, FASHP, in a statement. “We are pleased to honor these individuals and the unique contributions they have made to pharmacy practice.”

This year’s winners, chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants, are:

Development, Implementation, and Impact of a Comprehensive, Patient-Centered, Medical Service Based Pharmacy Practice Model

University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill

Stephen F. Eckel, PharmD, MHA, BCPS, FAPhA, FASHP; Robert P. Granko, PharmD, MBA; Scott Savage, PharmD, MS; Brett Crisp, PharmD, MS; Edwin Smith, PharmD, MBA; and Rowell Daniels, PharmD, MS

Keeping Our Smart Pumps “Smart”

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Susan Skledar, BS, MPH, FASHP; Cynthia Niccolai, BS, PharmD; Dennis Schilling, PharmD; Susan Costello, RN, MSN; Nicolette Mininni, RN, MEd, CCRN; Kelly Ervin, BS, CPhT; and Alana Urban, RN, MSN, CCRN

Metamorphosis of the Pharmacy Practice Model at an Academic Medical Center: Creating Improvements in Medication Safety, Patient Outcomes, and Financial Performance via Implementation of a Comprehensive Pharmacy Practice Model

The University of Chicago Medical Center

Heath R. Jennings, PharmD, BCPS; Dave Hicks, RPh, MBA; Katherine D. Mieure, PharmD, BCPS; Judith Brown-Scott, RPh; Sandeep Parsad, PharmD, BCOP; Ishaq Lat, PharmD, BCPS; Elisabeth Mouw, PharmD, BCPS; and Ben Brielmaier, PharmD, BCPS

Patient Centered Medical Home: Developing, Expanding and Sustaining a Role for Pharmacists

University of Michigan Health Systems and University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Ann Arbor

Hae Mi Choe, PharmD; Stu Rockafellow, PharmD; Trisha Wells, PharmD; Tami Remington, PharmD; Leslie Shimp, PharmD; Heidi Diez, PharmD; and Annie Sy, PharmD

Pharmacist-Led Antibiotic Stewardship Program Reduces Inappropriate Antibiotic Use and Hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jessica Holt, PharmD, BCPS-ID; Kristine Gullickson, PharmD; Daniel Anderson, MD; Elliot Francke, MD; Jessica Nerby, MPH; and Jason Sanchez, MD

Project PRIMED (Pharmacist Reconciliation and Medication Education at Discharge)

Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin

Erika Smith, PharmD; Ryan Fleming, PharmD; Todd Karpinski, MS, PharmD; Garret Newkirk, MS, PharmD, BCPS; Siddhartha Singh, MD; and Jill Zimmerman, MS, PharmD

ASHP established the award in 1999 to recognize and foster innovation in health-system pharmacy. Award recipients presented posters of their program during a reception last night in New Orleans. Summaries of their programs are available online.

At the meeting, the ASHP also recognized 6 members for their participation in volunteer activities that helped advance health-system pharmacy with the Society’s Pharmacy Practice Sections and New Practitioners Forum Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to one member of each of ASHP’s pharmacy practice sections and the New Practitioners Forum for their sustained contribution to their membership group and efforts to improve the practice area of their sections or forum.

“These dedicated professionals are an important part of ASHP’s efforts on behalf of patients and the profession,” said Dr. Kent. “We are pleased to recognize their contributions to ASHP, their communities, and especially, their patients.”

This year’s recipients are:

Section of Clinical Specialists and ScientistsSusan Goodin, PharmD, Associate Director, Clinical Trials and Therapeutics, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Section of Ambulatory Care PractitionersRichard L. Stambaugh, PharmD, MS, BCPS, Assistant Chief, Pharmacy Service for Clinical Pharmacy, VA Medical Center

Section of Inpatient Care PractitionersDeb Saine, MS, RPh, FASHP, Medication Safety Manager, Winchester Medical Center

Section of Pharmacy Informatics and TechnologyDennis A. Tribble, PharmD, FASHP, Chief Pharmacy Officer, Baxa Corporation

Section of Pharmacy Practice ManagersAudrey T. Nakamura, PharmD, Pharmacy Manager of Surgical Services, UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center

New Practitioners ForumMichael DeCoske, PharmD, Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer, Duke University Hospital