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MSHP Professional Practice Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 27, 2016
Contact: Kristina Bird, communications manager
(517) 377-0232

 

Professional Practice Award given to Dorsch for Involvement in New Adherence Approaches

 

Lansing, Mich. – Michael Dorsch, Pharm.D., M.S., FCCP, BCPS (AQCV), will receive the 2016 Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Professional Practice Award at this year’s MSHP Annual Meeting on Oct. 28.

 

The MSHP Professional Practice Award recognizes and honors a pharmacist or organization for involvement and participation in an innovative project (e.g., published research, projects or services implemented) that contributes to professional practice. This year’s recipient is being honored for his work supporting the mission of the American Heart Association (AHA) to build healthier lives that are free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. More specifically, Dr. Dorsch has developed a mobile application for heart failure patients, ManageHF, aimed at educating patients in order to increase the adherence and efficacy of recommended treatments for cardiovascular diseases.

 

Michael Dorsch currently has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, one book and has conducted over 18 national presentations. In 2011, Dr. Dorsch received the Top Paper Award for Population Science at the AHA Council for High Blood Pressure Research Conference. In this paper Dr. Dorsch demonstrated the superior efficacy of chlorthalidone in reducing cardiovascular events in hypertension and this discovery was ultimately included in the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Hypertension guidelines. Currently, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is funding Dr. Dorsch’s work to create a mobile application to assist patients in making better and more informed decisions while shopping at the grocery store and dining out while adhering to a low sodium diet. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has also supported Dr. Dorsch in creating technology to increase self-monitoring and self-management of heart failure patients, increasing adherence to diet restriction for hypertension patients and an automated home medication dispensing machine.

 

Dr. Dorsch currently works as a clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan (UM) College of Pharmacy and is also a clinical pharmacist in cardiology at the Department of Pharmacy Services UM Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich. In this position, Dr. Dorsch provides inpatient pharmacy services to cardiology patients at the UM Frankel Cardiovascular Center as well as coordinating cardiology courses at the UM College of Pharmacy. Dr. Dorsch is also a site preceptor for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) HF Traineeship and created the Post-Graduate Year 2 Cardiology Residency Program at UM in 2008 and has been serving as the director ever since. Dr. Dorsch has dedicated his life to educating patients and empowering them to make the best decisions for their health.

 

MSHP is a practice section of MPA consisting of more than 600 health-system pharmacy professionals. Since its founding in 1883, MPA has been a leader in the professional and scientific advancement of pharmacy and in safeguarding the well-being of individual patients in Michigan.

 

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MSHP President's Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 27, 2016
Contact: Kristina Bird, communications manager
(517) 377-0232

 

Hae Mi Choe presented with President’s Award for

Innovative Practice Model Implementation

Lansing, Mich. – Hae Mi Choe, Pharm.D. will be honored with this year’s Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) President’s Award at the 2016 MSHP Annual Meeting on Oct. 28.

The MSHP President’s Award recognizes the commitment of a pharmacy professional or a pharmacy organization to advancing the theme and goal of the MSHP Board of Directors throughout the year. This year, MSHP has focused on provider status and the concept of “Changing Gears.” As the terrain of pharmacy continues to shift, and the direction of the profession heads toward new frontiers, Hae Mi Choe has established herself as a pioneer in her work to advance the role of pharmacists in the ambulatory care setting. Dr. Choe is recognized by her colleagues as an incredible innovator as well as a strong supporter through hands on assistance and mentorship of colleagues advancing their practice. They also note she is kind, organized and approachable. Consistent with this year’s theme, the work Dr. Choe has done, and continues to do, creates a framework for pharmacists to practice as providers to improve the overall care of patients. It also serves as an inspiration and model for future pharmacists to practice in these advanced roles.

Dr. Choe received her baccalaureate degree in Biochemistry/Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. After residency, she moved to Seoul, South Korea, and developed and implemented anticoagulation and asthma services at the Samsung Medical Center. After five years overseas, Dr. Choe joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) to develop ambulatory clinical services. In 2009, Dr. Choe was promoted to the position of Director of Innovative Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practices at UMHS. In this role, she created a group practice model at UMHS as part of the Patient Centered Medical Home across 14 health centers, as well as a new reimbursement process for clinical pharmacy services. She was the first pharmacist evaluated and endorsed by the Credentialing Committee at UMHS and was granted special privileges in patient care; she has since led her entire team of clinical pharmacists through the credentialing process. Dr. Choe has been recognized numerous times throughout her career for both her excellence in teaching as well as for her work in developing innovative practice models. Notably, in 2011 she and her colleagues were awarded both the MPA Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award and the ASHP Best Practice Award for their group practice model in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. In 2014, Dr. Choe received the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Pinnacle Award in the Individual Career Achievement category.

As part of her current role, Dr. Choe has been instrumental in the development and launch of the Michigan Pharmacists Transforming Care and Quality (MPTCQ) Collaborative Process Initiative (CPI) program, a collaboration between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and UMHS which aims to integrate clinical pharmacists into more direct patient care roles. This program, which was modeled after the program Dr. Choe built at UMHS, has brought clinical pharmacy services to 17 health-system or physician group practices throughout the state, which encompasses over 50 individual practice sites, all with a goal of improving patient care through pharmacist-physician collaboration. The program continues to expand, with the intent to implement it in all 46 health-system or physician group practices that work with BCBSM over the next several years.

 

MSHP is a practice section of the Michigan Pharmacists Association consisting of more than 600 health-system pharmacy professionals. Since its founding in 1883, MPA has been a leader in the professional and scientific advancement of pharmacy and in safeguarding the well-being of individual patients in Michigan.

 

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MSHP Pharmacist of the Year

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 27, 2016
Contact: Kristina Bird, communications manager
(517) 377-0232


Ruffing to be Honored as Michigan Health-System

Pharmacist of the Year 

Lansing, Mich. – Michael J. Ruffing, Pharm.D. will be honored as the 2016 Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Pharmacist of the Year at the Society’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 28.

 

Dr. Ruffing has spent his career working to continually advance opportunities for pharmacists and helping to create the most prepared pharmacists for the future of the profession. Dr. Ruffing is active in many local, state and national pharmacy associations, and has served MSHP as a Director on the Board and as President. He also extended his service to the Southeastern Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SMSHP) as a Board member and President. Dr. Ruffing is also extensively involved with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), most notably as a participant at the ASHP Ambulatory Care Summit in 2014. That same year, Dr. Ruffing was also a key organizer in the 2014 MSHP Ambulatory Care Summit. Beyond his work with ASHP, Dr. Ruffing has served as the SMSHP representative to the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) House of Delegates and has sat as Chair for the MSHP Professional and Legal Affairs Committee.

Dr. Ruffing graduated from West Virginia University College of Pharmacy and earned his Pharm.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. At Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburg, Penn., Dr. Ruffing completed a General Pharmacy Residency followed by a Critical Specialty Residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Dr. Ruffing has worked as a clinical pharmacist specialist in critical care as well as a clinical coordinator and pharmacy manager at Detroit Receiving Hospital before becoming the Director of Pharmacy Services at Sinai-Grace Hospital. Throughout his career he has precepted students and residents in critical care, participated in research and published several articles and written textbook chapters. Dr.  Ruffing has participated in the Michigan Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour, a three-day, 300 mile bike ride from Brooklyn, Mich. to Traverse City, ultimately combining his love of cycling with his unmatched ability to give back and serve those around him.

MSHP is a practice section of MPA consisting of more than 600 health-system pharmacy professionals. Since its founding in 1883, MPA has been a leader in the professional and scientific advancement of pharmacy and in safeguarding the well-being of individual patients in Michigan.

 

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MSHP Joseph A. Oddis Leadership Award

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 27, 2016
Contact: Kristina Bird, communications manager
(517) 377-0232

 

Malovrh Honored for her Ongoing Commitment and Dedication

to the Society and Michigan Pharmacists

Lansing, Mich. – Margaret A. Malovrh, Pharm.D., BCPS will receive the 2016 Joseph A. Oddis Leadership Award at the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Annual Meeting on Oct. 28. Recipients of this award must be active in association work, be a member of MSHP and display leadership qualities.

 

Dr. Malovrh is being recognized as the recipient of this award for her ongoing and continual commitment to MSHP, the Association and the profession as a strong advocate and leader. Dr. Malovrh has been an active member in the Association since joining in 1980. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Malovrh has continually helped lead the Society and Association in all its activities and goals. Namely, Dr. Malovrh has served as president of both the Capital Area Pharmacists Association (CAPA) and MSHP. Previously, she has served on several MSHP committees and even sat as the Chair for the MSHP Organizational Affairs Committee. Dr. Malovrh is currently serving on the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Executive Board. Outside of her membership with MPA, Dr. Malovrh has also been a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 1981 and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) since 1998. Dr. Malovrh has also served as delegates to both the ASHP House of Delegates as well as to the MPA House of Delegates.

Dr. Malovrh received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 from Ferris State University (FSU) and continued on to earn her Doctor of Pharmacy in 1993 also from Ferris. She became a member of MPA as soon as she completed her undergraduate education. Currently she serves as the clinical coordinator and pharmacy resident director at the Sparrow Health System in Lansing, a position she’s held since 2007. Dr. Malovrh is also a preceptor for students from University of Michigan (UM), Wayne State University (WMU) and FSU. She is board certified in pharmacotherapy, and has earned the Fellow of the MPA distinction for her continual work in preparing pharmacy students and leading the profession over the last 30 years.

MSHP is a practice section of MPA consisting of more than 600 health-system pharmacy professionals. Since its founding in 1883, MPA has been a leader in the professional and scientific advancement of pharmacy and in safeguarding the well-being of individual patients in Michigan.

 

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Pharmacy Day at the Capitol Post-event Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 26, 2016
Contact: Kristina Bird, MPA communications manager
(517) 377-0232


Michigan Pharmacists Association Disposal Event Brings in 2 Tons of Medications Over the Last Seven Years
Press conference highlights the importance of curbing substance abuse in Michigan and the role of pharmacists


Lansing, Mich. - At the seventh annual Medication Disposal Event, held Sept. 20, 2016, at the Michigan State Capitol, nearly 600 pounds of medications were dropped off by Lansing area residents for safe disposal. Of those 600 pounds, over 20 pounds were controlled substances. Over the last seven years since Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) began holding the disposal event, nearly two tons of pharmaceuticals have been collected and properly disposed of, with a total value of more than $4 million. Providing this safe means for disposing of medications has removed unnecessary and harmful drugs from households where they have the potential to be diverted.

According to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Michigan’s drug overdose threats rose by 14 percent in 2014, resulting in the number one cause of injury related death for that year.1 Of those deaths, they primarily affected adults aged 25-34 with heroin-related deaths three times more likely among men.2 Overall, the mortality rate as it relates to drug overdoses has nearly tripled in Michigan within the last 20 years. One of the main ways that we can address this epidemic is through the involvement of pharmacists. By working collaboratively with other healthcare practitioners, pharmacy professionals can help ensure that patients have access to necessary pain medication while also making drug diversion more difficult.

Larry Wagenknecht, MPA chief executive officer, along with two other MPA members, as well as other healthcare professionals throughout the state, now sit on the Governor’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission. This collaboration will ideally create policies and action plans that will curb the increase in opioid abuse and overall address the many concerns raised in the Recommendations from the Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force last year. This collaboration is a simple step to address the growing problem.

The Medication Disposal Event is held in conjunction with Pharmacy Day at the Capitol, an event designed to educate government officials and the public on the vital role pharmacists play in healthcare. Lawmakers received health screenings as well as influenza immunizations administered by pharmacists. The general public, State Representatives and Senators, and government employees who brought their unused, unwanted or expired medications to be disposed of learned about proper medication disposal methods and the vital role that pharmacists play in keeping patients and communities safe.

The press conference addressed the growing opioid abuse problem throughout the state, and spoke on how the allied health professions all play a role in helping to curb the epidemic while educating the public about the importance of proper drug adherence. Speakers this year included Rick Snyder, Governor of the State of Michigan, Larry Wagenknecht, pharmacist and MPA chief executive officer, Amy Smendik, pharmacist and MPA president, Brian Peters, chief executive officer, Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA), Dr. Roy Soto, anesthesiologist at Beaumont Hospital and MHA Keystone and Jack Schinderle, chief of the Office of Environmental Assistance, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Michigan Pharmacists Association, representing the nearly 9,000 pharmacists and 15,000 pharmacy technicians in Michigan, strives to serve members by providing support, advocacy and resources that ultimately improve patient care, safety, health and the practice of pharmacy. For more information, visit www.MichiganPharmacists.org.

References:
  1. Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. Prescription drug and opioid abuse deaths continue to rise in 2014. Michigan.gov. Published March 7, 2016. Accessed Sept. 24, 2016.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injury Prevention & Control: Opioid Overdose – State Data. CDC.gov. Published May 2, 2016. Accessed Sept. 24, 2016.
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