FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
John Mohler will receive the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Pharmacist of the Year Award during the Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition, held Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. This award is Michigan’s highest honor in the pharmacy profession.
Mohler has served in a variety of leadership roles within pharmacy and his community for more than 20 years. He has practiced in a variety of areas, including retail, consultant, long-term care (LTC) and health-system pharmacy. In addition, as a MPA member throughout his career, he has also shown dedication to his local pharmacy organization since 1999.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in biological science in 1990 and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1993 from Wayne State University (WSU), he started his career as a community pharmacist at Arbor Drugs, where he practiced for three years. In January 1996, Mohler joined Oakwood Hospital as a staff pharmacist. Then, for nearly seven years, he served as a consultant pharmacist for NeighborCare as well as Oakwood Hospital. While practicing at Oakwood, Mohler showed innovation through development of the first LTC and geriatric pharmacy rotation for Doctor of Pharmacy students at the WSU Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Through this rotation, his goal was to increase LTC and geriatric medicine awareness. In addition, he has been working with WSU on a Medication Assessment Plan.
Mohler is currently pharmacy manager at St. John Providence Health System, where he previously practiced as clinical pharmacy coordinator. Throughout his tenure at the facility thus far, he has made many strides in patient care, expanding services offered and guiding teams to advance practice in specialty areas. He has worked to develop several innovative practices to assist hospice facilities, small hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities, including a LTC pharmacy with St. John Retail Pharmacy and a community mental health pharmacy in Lansing with St. John Pharmacy. Most recently, he led a group that built a specialty pharmacy to service health-system patients. Mohler is passionate about the clinical role of pharmacists and he is currently involved with four active medication therapy management programs at St. John Providence Health System.
Mohler’s dedication to pharmacy goes beyond his everyday practice. He has been involved in professional organizations at the local and state level since graduating from pharmacy school. A resident of Dearborn, he has served on the Executive Board of the Wayne County Pharmacists Association since 1999, including terms as vice president, president and chairman. Mohler was elected vice speaker of the MPA House of Delegates in 2008 and then speaker of the House in 2010. Within his practice area, he has been a Board member of the Consultant and Specialty Pharmacists of Michigan (CSPM), formerly the Consultant Pharmacists Society of Michigan, for 15 years, serving as a past president. Mohler was also elected by his peers to hold the CSPM seat on the MPA Executive Board from 2005 to 2008.
In addition to his commitment to pharmacy practice, Mohler has served his community as the chairman of the Youth Committee at his church for five years. Additionally, he has been a member of the Church Council. In his spare time, Mohler enjoys fixing old cars and is the proud curator of a 1924 Ford Model T, 1942 Ford C.O.E. truck and a 1973 Porsche 914. He and his wife Stacey have been married for 21 years. They have two children: Alex, 17, and Anna, 15.
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.