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COVID-19: Workforce Well-Being, Maintaining Health, (Trying to) Stay Resilient with Lisa Wilhelm


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Our ASHP members are in various stages of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the COVID-19 global pandemic. This is an extremely difficult time and as we – pharmacists, pharmacy residents, students pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians - continue to care for our patients, it is even more imperative to step-up our well-being for ourselves and the healthcare workforce community. Today, we chat with Lisa Wilhelm, Medication Safety and Compliance Specialist, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, on lessons learned and advice to share related to workforce well-being, maintaining health, and (trying to) stay resilient during these complex times.


Lisa WilhelmLisa Hanlon Wilhelm, B.S.Pharm., R.Ph., is the Medication Safety and Compliance Specialist, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA . She completed the ASHP Executive Residency in Association Management 1994-1995. Related to this podcast topic, Lisa is a Certified Heart Rhythm Meditation Instructor since 2017 and has facilitated meditations locally, at the state level (through PSHP) and most recently at the ASHP Well-Being Collaborative in December 2019. Lisa’s interest in meditation is beyond personal – she has begun to incorporate teaching basic mindfulness and heart rhythm meditation practices for stress reduction as well as to improve focus and attention to improve medication safety at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Vicki BasalygaVicki Basalyga, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS, is the Director for the Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists. In this role Vicki serves as an information resource and provides guidance to ASHP members regarding science and scientific developments affecting pharmacy practice in health systems. She serves as secretary to the Section executive committee and coordinates activities to accomplish the objectives established by the Section. Additionally, Vicki has assumed the position of Council Secretary for the ASHP's Council on Therapeutics.

Vicki received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Duquesne University and completed an ASHP accredited PGY1 at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Vicki is also a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Prior to her current position at ASHP, Vicki practiced as critical care pharmacist in both the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Other activities Vicki performed included drafting policies and procedures, co-chairing the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, creating and drafting order sets for CPOE conversion and precepting residents and students.

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.