Missouri Pharmacy Association Honors Members During Annual Convention

Jefferson City, MO (June 12, 2013) —  The Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA) celebrated the outstanding efforts of individuals in the pharmacy profession during the Annual Convention and Trade Show in Branson last week.  Fifteen MPA members were presented with awards during the three-day event.

Amy DeWein, PharmD, founder of the Senior RxAccess Program in St. Louis, was presented with the 2013 Pharmacist Making a Difference Award. To be nominated for the award, the pharmacist must have shown a desire to go above and beyond the call of duty in making a difference in the quality of life in her patients. Dr. DeWein has over 25 years of experience in pharmacy including community, hospital, medical informatics, and health care service program design.

The 2013 Young Pharmacist Award was presented to Christy Ledford, PharmD, pharmacist-in-charge at Red Cross Pharmacy in Grain Valley. To be nominated for the award, the pharmacist must demonstrate a rare, unique, or innovative style of pharmacy practice. Dr. Ledford is extremely active within a variety of pharmacy associations, including MPA, American Association of Diabetes Educators, and a consultant within her pharmacy where she educates patients on diabetes self-management, adherence counseling, and specialty compounding.

Paul Perniciaro, chairman of the Show Me Falls Free Missouri Coalition and executive director of Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging, was the recipient of the Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award. This award is presented to a pharmacist who has shown a rare, unique, or innovative style of pharmacy practice.  Perniciaro received this award for showing commitment and innovation to preventing and spreading awareness of falls-prevention.

The “Bowl of Hygeia” Award is presented annually to a pharmacist for their outstanding record of community service. The American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations sponsor this award with support from Boehringer Ingelheim. The 2013 recipient of the “Bowl of Hygeia” Award was Kenneth Schafermeyer, professor of pharmacy administration and director of the office of international programs at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP).

The 2013 Terry Mungle Award was presented to Ree Hamlin, BA, of Cardinal Health. To be nominated for the award, the pharmacist must demonstrate a passion for offering outstanding service to pharmacy customers, be interested and knowledgeable of pharmacy needs and concerns and show interest in and support the Missouri Pharmacy Association activities and mission. Hamlin’s passion has always been to find ways to help independent pharmacies and business entrepreneurs be profitable and survive in an ever-changing market.

The Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award is given annually to recognize a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention. The 2013 recipient was Jerry Callahan, owner of Elsberry Pharmacy and multiple Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies.

Jamey Lumley, business development manager for PBA Health in Marshfield, was presented with the 2013 Traveler of the Year Award.  This award is given to a sales representative that has shown a willingness and initiative to help pharmacists better serve their patients and the community, as well as have shown support and interest in MPA.

The 2013 Technician of the Year Award was given to La Shae Gibson, CPhT, of Key Drugs in Poplar Bluff. To be nominated for the award, the technician must show exemplary work in their daily activities in pharmacy. Gibson has more than 15 years of experience working in the community practice setting. She has worked at Key Drugs for almost nine years and for the past eight years she has been a compounding technician

Terry Seaton, PharmD, BCPS, was presented with the 2013  STLCOP Faculty Member of the Year award. Dr. Seaton is Professor and Associate Director of Pharmacy Practice at STLCOP where he teaches advocacy, informatics, and evidence-based medicine. His research focus is in the area of clinical decision support systems.

The 2013 UMKC Faculty Member of the Year was awarded to Kristen DiDonato, BCACP, Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy.  She also has a clinical practice site at Red Cross Pharmacy in Excelsior Springs where she has made an impact by expanding patient care programs.

Christian Tadrus, RPh, FASCP, AE-C, PharmD, was presented with the 2013 Incoming President Award. He will serve as president of the MPA Board of Directors for 2013-2014. Dr. Tadrus also received the National Community Pharmacists Association’s Leadership Award. This award is presented to the incoming president to acknowledge the time, talent and commitment that is required to lead a state pharmacy association. Dr. Tadrus co-owns three Sam’s Health Mart facilities located in Moberly and Fayette.

Each year the MPA President may select an individual for the President’s Award who has shown devotion to the Association and who has helped the president accomplish goals. This year, the award was presented to Heather Burney, PharmD, for her outstanding service and loyalty to the Missouri Pharmacy Association.

The MPA President also selects a fellow board member to receive the Appreciation Award. Erica Hopkins-Wadlow, PharmD, of D&H Drugstore in Columbia, was presented with the 2013 award for her hard work and dedication to the MPA Board of Directors.

The incoming MPA President selects an honorary president. John Pieper, PharmD, FCCP, president of STLCOP, was honored with the designation this year.

Established in 1879, the Missouri Pharmacy Association, www.MORx.com, promotes leadership, sharing, learning, and policy exchange among pharmacy leaders in the state of Missouri and provides education and advocacy to support pharmacists, patients, and communities working together to improve public health.

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