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ASHP Honors Pharmacists for Innovative Best Practices

Six Teams of Practitioners in Health-System Pharmacy Receive Esteemed Award


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 today during the Opening General Session of the 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, M.S., FASHP. “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
Stephen F. Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A., BCPS, FAPhA, FASHP, Robert P. Granko, Pharm.D., M.B.A., Scott Savage, Pharm.D., M.S., Brett Crisp, Pharm.D., M.S., Edwin Smith, Pharm.D., M.B.A., and Rowell Daniels, Pharm.D., M.S.
University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill.

Keeping Our Smart Pumps "Smart"
Susan Skledar, B.S., M.P.H., FASHP, Cynthia Niccolai, B.S., Pharm.D., Dennis Schilling, Pharm.D., Susan Costello, R.N., M.S.N., Nicolette Mininni, R.N., M.Ed, CCRN, Kelly Ervin, B.S., CPhT, Alana Urban, R.N., M.S.N., CCRN
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center .

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
Heath R. Jennings, Pharm.D., BCPS, Dave Hicks, R.Ph., M.B.A., Katherine D. Mieure, Pharm.D., BCPS, Judith Brown-Scott, R.Ph., Sandeep Parsad, Pharm.D., BCOP, Ishaq Lat, Pharm.D., BCPS, Elisabeth Mouw, Pharm.D., BCPS, Ben Brielmaier, Pharm.D., BCPS
The University of Chicago Medical Center.

Patient Centered Medical Home: Developing, Expanding and Sustaining a Role for Pharmacists
Hae Mi Choe, Pharm.D., , Stu Rockafellow, Pharm.D., Trisha Wells, Pharm.D., Tami Remington, Pharm.D., Leslie Shimp, Pharm.D., Heidi Diez, Pharm.D., Annie Sy, Pharm.D.
University of Michigan Health Systems and University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, Ann Arbor.

Pharmacist-Led Antibiotic Stewardship Program Reduces Inappropriate Antibiotic Use and Hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile
Jessica Holt, Pharm.D., BCPS-ID, Kristine Gullickson, Pharm.D., Daniel Anderson, M.D., Elliot Francke, MD, Jessica Nerby, M.P.H., Jason Sanchez, M.D.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Minneapolis, Minn.

Project PRIMED (Pharmacist Reconciliation and Medication Education at Discharge)
Erika Smith, Pharm.D., Ryan Fleming, Pharm.D., Todd Karpinski, M.S., Pharm.D., Garret Newkirk, M.S., Pharm.D., BCPS, Siddhartha Singh, M.D., Jill Zimmerman, M.S., Pharm.D.
Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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

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For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society's 35,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's Web site,, or its consumer Web site,


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