Dr. Meadowcraft earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University Of Colorado College Of Pharmacy in Denver, Colorado. She went on to complete an ASHP-accredited PGY1 pharmacy practice residency in ambulatory care with Mission Hospital and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, North Carolina. She is a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist and Certified Diabetes Educator. Dr. Meadowcraft is an Assistant Professor in Ambulatory Care for Wingate University School of Pharmacy - Hendersonville, North Carolina, teaching in the second and third year pharmacy curriculum and precepting third and fourth-year pharmacy students on rotation. She provides transitions of care and disease state management clinical services within a geriatric ambulatory care clinic at Carolina Village Retirement Community in Hendersonville, NC. Dr. Meadowcraft is currently a member of the Section of Ambulatory Care Practitioners, and serves on the Section's Clinical Practice Advancement Section Advisory Group.
Carolina Village is a Lifecare Continuing Care Retirement Community offering continuum of care from independent living, skilled care, and assisted living for the residents of Carolina Village, located in Hendersonville, NC. Dr. Meadowcraft's clinical practice is focusing on minimization of medication related problems (MRPs) and improving transitions of care associated with patients recently admitted into the skilled nursing facility (SNF) or assisted living facility (ALF) after hospital discharge. Streamlining the transition of care process, she follows their care throughout their short or long-term stay, providing counseling and patient education at the time of discharge. For seniors discharged from the SNF or ALF who reside in independent homes at Carolina Village, Dr. Meadowcraft will make home visits to assess for MRP's that might have been missed at the time of hospital admission and may interfere with new medication regimens provided at discharge. In addition, Dr. Meadowcraft provides ambulatory care services for any resident of Carolina Village's SNF (~60 individuals), ALF (~60 residents), and independent living (~400 residents) who are either referred or who request services to optimize medication regimens, reduce polypharmacy, receive chronic disease management (Alzheimer's disease, Atrial Fibrillation, Anxiety, Asthma/Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, Congestive Heart Failure, CV Risk Reduction, Dementia, Depression, Diabetes, Insomnia, Osteoporosis/Osteopenia, and Pain), and reduce fall risk.
Advice for Someone New to Specialty Area
“You won't know everything about everything! Utilize the expertise of other healthcare professionals within your current organization– such as nurses, physical/occupational therapists, care-planners, social workers, and discharge planners. I work with some of the most remarkable nurses with whom I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Working intimately with the patients on a daily basis, they often know more about their patients than anyone else on our team. Collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team and gaining their perspective on the patient strengthens my recommendations. I am better positioned to advocate for better symptom control, optimize pharmacotherapy, utilize non-pharmacologic options as first-line treatment modalities, reduce potential adverse events, and improve overall quality of life for our senior patients. I would also suggest networking with other pharmacists in your community to determine what services they provide to patients and to find ways to collaborate to optimize patient care, streamline transitions in care, share community resources, or know where to refer patients when they need additional assistance.”
Involvement in ASHP
“I joined ASHP when I was in pharmacy school based on the abundant resources available to students to help determine a career path. I've stayed involved because the resources and networking ASHP provides to practitioners is useful at any career stage. The pharmacist network established by ASHP allows practitioners across the nation to give their incredibly valuable input around circumstances they've experienced, whether promoting clinical services, providing clinical advice, or providing insight for educating our future pharmacists. As practitioners, we are often faced with situations that we have never experienced before. Having a resource like ASHP makes it easy to find information for those scenarios.”
ASHP’s Value to Members
“Pharmacy is constantly changing and advancing how we practice. I knew that in order for me to continue to advance my clinical services and become more innovative, I needed to have up-to-date tools and resources right at my finger-tips, and that’s what ASHP provides. The abundance of resources, insight, and advice I obtain from ASHP and from the network of practitioners within the Pharmacy Practice Sections, to which I subscribe, is one of the reasons I'm confident in advancing my clinical practice.”
“ASHP’s members are committed to sharing information and providing beneficial resources. I appreciate ASHP's focus on advancing pharmacy practice across a broad variety of settings and refusing to stagnate in a rapidly shifting healthcare environment.”