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1/9/2002

Six Technicians Receive PTCB Innovations Awards

Kate Traynor

Six certified pharmacy technicians and their pharmacy colleagues were presented with Innovations in Pharmaceutical Care awards from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) during ASHP’s 2001 Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans.

Established in 1998, the annual award recognizes innovative pharmaceutical care programs created by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in teams. The award is sponsored by PTCB and Baxter Healthcare Corp. and is open to teams of pharmacists and technicians in all practice settings.

The 2001 awards for innovations in clinical practice were given to:

  • Nena La Scala, CPhT, Kent Martyn, Pharm.D., and Brian Yamate, Pharm.D., of Intercommunity Medical Center in Covina, Calif. This team placed a certified pharmacy technician in Intercommunity’s nursing unit to handle medication issues and provide direct support to the nursing staff. Because of the technician’s efforts, medication turnaround times have been reduced in the nursing unit, which is now said to run more smoothly.  
  • Ginger Langley, CPhT, and James Taylor, Pharm.D., of North Mississippi Health Services Inc. in Tupelo. The addition of a certified pharmacy technician to North Mississippi’s pharmacy-run dialysis service has reduced the cost of epoetin alfa therapy, improved patient outcomes, and allowed pharmacists to spend more time involved with direct patient care.  
  • Linda Henson, CPhT, Vicki Jones, CPhT, Donna Harwell, D.Ph., Cary McAlexander Pharm.D., and Lea Ann Roberson, Pharm.D., of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare–Germantown in Tennessee. Pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians at LeBonheur created and staffed a successful education program for new mothers who use the hospital’s maternity services center.  
  • Deborah Johnson, CPhT, and Izabela Rybaltowski, Pharm.D., of Evanston Hospital in Illinois. The creation of a clinical pharmacy technician position at Evanston has allowed the pharmacy staff to provide better clinical services to cardiology patients. The technician has also improved the efficiency of medication delivery at the facility.  
  • Pat Peterik, CPhT, and Terry Audley of Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, Wis. The hospital’s pharmacy team assumed responsibility for computerized medication order entry, which was previously done by secretarial staff. A certified pharmacy technician enters the orders into the system, which has reduced time spent correcting orders.

Each winning team received a $1,000 cash award and a certificate. To learn more about the award or to apply for a 2002 award, visit www.ptcb.org.