Magazine article Drug Topics

The Supernovas in Health Systems

Magazine article Drug Topics

The Supernovas in Health Systems

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To celebrate the achievements of health-system pharmacists, Drug Topics/Hospital Pharmacist Report asked R.Ph.s in the health-system setting to salute their own.

Through a ballot vote, nominations were taken from practicing R.Ph.s for both pharmacy managers and staff pharmacists who, in the eyes of their colleagues, had advanced the practice of pharmacy in the health-system setting. Many of the notable achievements cited were in the areas of disease-specific clinics, medication-error prevention, the advancement of pharmaceutical care, or the creation of a quality-based cost-containment program.

DT/HPR editors selected 35 finalists, many of whom, in the eyes of their colleagues, had a commitment and a dedication to pharmacy that extended beyond the day-to-day activities of their positions. Here's a sampling of some of the winners:

Kelly McNelis is a clinical pharmacist who works in an outpatient HIV clinic that is part of the 600bed Christiana Health System, Christiana, Del. While a large part of her responsibilities include educating patients, McNelis is also involved in coordinating federal funding for many of the patients treated in the clinic. A large percentage of the patients treated are indigent.

"Once these patients receive funding, they feel more empowered over their disease state," McNelis explained.

Karen Bishop, an ambulatory care pharmacist with Mercy Sacramento Healthcare, Sacramento, Calif., was credited with starting up an anticoagulation ambulatory care clinic in a medical building affiliated with her institution. …

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