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Entries for February 2015

Mohler to be Presented with Michigan’s Highest Honor in the Pharmacy Profession

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
(517) 377-0232

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.

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Kalamazoo Pharmacist to be Recognized with Bowl of Hygeia Award

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Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
(517) 377-0232

Kalamazoo pharmacist Derek Quinn will receive the coveted Bowl of Hygeia Award during the 2015 Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition, Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

The Bowl of Hygeia Award, presented in cooperation with the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, is given to a pharmacist who has made outstanding professional contributions and has participated in community or governmental activities that reflect well on the pharmacy profession.

For more than 10 years, Quinn has been active in his community and dedicated time toward advancing the profession of pharmacy. As the pharmacy manager, vice president and secretary of the Board of Directors for Westlake Drug, Inc., he not only serves patients by delivering counseling services and medication therapy management but also assists with maintaining a viable future for the company through staff and contract management, financial health and other key business practices. In addition to his involvement in community pharmacy practice, Quinn serves as adjunct faculty, a preceptor to student pharmacists and chair of the Honors Alumni Board at Ferris State University (FSU). Through this academic side to his professional career, he is able to foster development of students through providing advanced community practice experiences and ideas for student growth and development.

Quinn has also worked to promote pharmacy in a positive light and bring awareness to practice issues through the media. From 2011-2013, he participated on a public access cable show out of Battle Creek entitled Be Scene on Air. Alongside another pharmacist, Quinn discussed a variety of issues that patients may have where a pharmacist could be part of the solution. He has also been interviewed by a variety of news outlets, including WWMT-TV Newschannel 3 in west Michigan and MLive, on topics such as pseudoephedrine and methamphetamine legislation.

In addition to his dedication to pharmacy, Quinn has a long-standing commitment to his community church. He currently serves as senior warden for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Quinn is also an Education for Ministry mentor; volunteer acolyte, chalice bearer and lector; and a member of the church’s Stewardship Committee. Quinn supports many other local organizations as well such as the American Cancer Society. Westlake Drug has participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event since 2000.

Within MPA, Quinn has served on the New Practitioner Committee, attended media relations training in 2009 and participated in the Great Lakes Young Pharmacists Leadership Conference. He also served on the MPA Executive Board from 2010-2012.

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.

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Wagenknecht-Ivey to be Presented with Michigan Pharmacists Association Executive Board Medal

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Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
(517) 377-0232

Dr. Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey of Denver, Colorado will be presented with the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Executive Board Medal at the MPA Annual Convention & Exposition, Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

The Executive Board Medal Award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary personal commitment to MPA. It is the only award bestowed on a nonpharmacist by the Association. The award was developed to recognize individuals who have been instrumental to the MPA Executive Board and to the Association in advancing pharmacy’s agenda.

For more than 10 years, Wagenknecht-Ivey has been instrumental in facilitating many Association activities and supporting advancement of the pharmacy profession through practitioner development. In addition to assisting with MPA’s strategic planning process, she facilitates the Michigan Pharmacy Foundation (MPF) Leadership Academy (previously the Young Practitioner Leadership Academy).

Wagenknecht-Ivey is the chief executive officer of PRAXIS Consulting, Inc. based in Engelwood, Colorado. She has consulted with and facilitated more than 125 strategy and organizational improvement and change processes with private, public and nonprofit organizations over the past 20 years. This includes other pharmacy organizations in Colorado, Florida, Iowa and Georgia as well as the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. During the MPA strategic planning retreat each year, she guides the MPA Executive Board, staff, and practice section and affiliated chapter representatives to think strategically about the future of the pharmacy profession and the Association, including updating MPA’s long-range goals and identifying priorities each year. Her contributions have helped MPA remain a leader in the profession and a vibrant organization for pharmacy professionals in Michigan.

Wagenknecht-Ivey has also been committed to the pharmacy profession and shown passion for developing leaders through her role in the MPF Leadership Academy. Since its inception, she has served as lead faculty for the program, which includes facilitating online webinars and the leadership discussion forum on social media, conducting face-to-face workshops, and overseeing and coaching participants on their personal leadership goals. She has contributed countless hours to creating and facilitating this year-long event.

Wagenknecht-Ivey has a Ph.D. from the University of Denver, a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. She has published numerous articles and guidebooks on strategic planning, executive leadership, managing change, continuous quality improvement, 360-degree feedback, succession planning/talent management and procedural fairness.

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.

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Stevenson to Receive Excellence in Innovation Award for Pediatric Safety Project

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Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
(517) 377-0232

James Stevenson of Northville will receive the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Excellence in Innovation Award during the Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition, held Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

To be deserving of this award, sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., a pharmacist or team of pharmacists must demonstrate an innovative pharmacy practice program that results in improved patient care. This award highlights the work and efforts of pharmacy pioneers who are re-engineering our profession to meet the health care needs of tomorrow’s patients.

For the past several years, Stevenson has served as the project lead on a statewide initiative to standardize the compounding of oral liquid medications for pediatrics. The project has received national recognition, including a Cheers Award in 2014 from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices. This initiative, conducted in collaboration with MPA and funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), involved surveying pharmacists across Michigan to gain a better understanding of the variability in compounding practices for oral liquids throughout the state. In Michigan, more than half of the compounded drugs had at least three different concentrations being compounded by various pharmacies, with some concentration levels up to thirtyfold higher than others, according to information collected from more than 200 participating pharmacies.

After surveying pharmacists, the project workgroup collaborated with health care providers to determine standard concentrations for a range of medications through the assessment of concentrations that pharmacies were compounding and determination of whether the concentration would meet the needs of the majority of patients. The workgroup also required that there was published literature to support the formulation. Formulations were then assessed for shelf stability and feasibility (ease of obtaining ingredients and compounding). Proposed standard concentrations were endorsed by task forces involving prescribers and pharmacists. The third phase of the initiative was to create a Web site and other communication tools to disseminate information on the standard concentrations. The site, available at www.MIpedscompounds.org, should be consulted as a source document for standardized concentrations and to obtain a formulation sheet for each of the medications that requires compounding. Before this initiative, there was no standardization of the concentrations of these oral liquids, allowing for significant variation in concentrations compounded and volumes of products to be administered, leading to potentially serious medication errors.

Stevenson received his undergraduate and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Wayne State University (WSU). For the past 15 years, he served as chief pharmacy officer at the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System and associate dean for clinical sciences. He also served as the chair of the Department of Clinical, Social and Administrative Sciences in the U-M College of Pharmacy from 2011-2014. Stevenson recently assumed the position as president, Hospital and Health System Services for Visante, a medicines management consulting company.

Stevenson is a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and has been recognized as Pharmacist of the Year by both the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and MPA. He has also been honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the WSU Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Joseph A. Oddis Leadership Award by MSHP. In addition, Stevenson served on the Board of Directors for ASHP and is currently the treasurer of the Hospital Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

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.

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Hill to Receive Distinguished New Pharmacist Practitioner Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 27, 2015
Contact: Leah Ball, director of communications
(517) 377-0232

Sarah Hill of Fowlerville will receive the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Distinguished New Pharmacist Practitioner Award during the Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition, held Feb. 27-March 1 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

This award, sponsored by Pharmacy Services Inc., is given to a Michigan pharmacist who has been licensed to practice for less than 10 years. This individual must also be a MPA member who participates in local, state or national pharmacy associations, professional programs and/or community service.

Sarah Hill is currently the operations coordinator for St. John Pharmacy in Lansing. In this leadership role, among many other responsibilities, she manages a variety of staff; coordinates the delivery of medications to eight clinics and more than 100 group homes and adult foster care centers; builds and manages inventory; and establishes relationships with generic distributors.

Hill has been engaged in the profession from the beginning of her education, aiming to get other young professionals and student pharmacists involved. She has also remained active in her community as well as the Detroit area where she completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. From 2005-2011, Hill practiced as a pharmacy technician, pharmacy intern and staff pharmacist with CVS Pharmacy. In addition, she completed several advanced professional practice experiences, including rotations at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, compounding electives at Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy in Flint and an advanced community elective at University Pharmacy in Detroit.

Since 2008, Hill has also been engaged in her local association, the Wayne County Pharmacists Association (WCPA). She is currently chair of the local, and served as president in 2014. In this role, Hill serves on the Resolutions Committee, attends various fundraising events to promote the Association and the profession, led the Public Service Announcement (PSA) Committee in producing two PSAs, organizes an annual law review for student pharmacists, and collaborates with other Board members to organize and operate health fairs.

In addition to serving in a leadership role in her local association, Hill is currently president-elect of the Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists Board of Directors. She also serves on the MPA New Practitioner Committee and is a member of the Pharmacy Advocacy Response Team. Hill has been honored with many awards in the past, including the Fred W. Arnold Public Relations Award from MPA, the Presidential Scholarship and Dean’s Professionalism Award from WSU, and the Thomas Schaut Presidential Service Award and Roland T. Lakey Award from WCPA.

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.

Posted in: MPA Press Releases
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