2014 Next-Generation Pharmacist™ Winners Announced

U.S. Army Col. Keith Wagner Receives Pharmacy Industry’s Top Honor

Fifth Annual Event Recognizes Innovation and Inspiration in Pharmacy

BOSTON--()--Pharmacy leaders from across the country gathered at the Fairmont Copley Plaza last night to recognize the work of their peers in delivering innovative patient care and to learn who among them would hold the coveted title of 2014 Next-Generation Pharmacist™.

Col. Keith Wagner, PharmD, RPh, who is Director of Pharmacy at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Ga., and the U.S. Army's Pharmacy Informatics Consultant, received the top honor as the 2014 Next-Generation Pharmacist. Co-founded by Parata and Pharmacy Times, this national awards program honors pharmacists, technicians, students, and industry advocates who are defining the future of pharmacy. Since 2010, more than 100 pharmacy leaders have been named finalists or winners.

Of the record-setting 500 nominations received this year, three finalists were named in each of 10 categories, and last night, the winners were announced. The overall title of Next-Generation Pharmacist is determined from among the winners of the eight pharmacist categories; the two additional categories recognize technicians and students.

“As a founding sponsor of Next-Generation Pharmacist, celebrating the program’s fifth anniversary with an amazing show of 500 nominations makes this an especially exciting event,” said Tom Rhoads, CEO, Parata. “It is an honor to recognize pharmacy leaders who are truly setting the stage for the next generation of pharmacy. They are an inspiration to not only their peers, but most importantly to their patients.”

Col. Wagner was named the 2014 Military Pharmacist, chosen specifically for driving excellence in pharmacy operations and his innovative approach to patient care for those who serve our country.

Pharmacy Times is always honored to feature the Next-Generation Pharmacist on the cover, but it’s a special honor to recognize one of our military practitioners,” said Fred M. Eckel, Pharmacy Times Editor-in-Chief, who chaired the panel of judges that reviewed nominations to select the winners. “Wagner stands out for his commitment to excellence and standards in all aspects of pharmacy operations and patient care. He is truly a Next-Generation Pharmacist.”

Wagner’s selection as the 2014 Next-Generation Pharmacist lands him on the cover of the August 2014 issue of Pharmacy Times, unveiled at the event. He, along with finalists, is featured in the issue and on the Pharmacy Times website.

“We believe in supporting the profession of pharmacy and shining a light on the forward-thinking leaders with this national program as Pharmacy Times looks ahead to 2015 and future innovations in pharmacy,” said Ashley Hennessy Talamo, Publisher of Pharmacy Times.

The 2014 Next-Generation Pharmacist winners are:

Civic Leader:
Danny R. Johnson, RPh, Marble City Pharmacy, Sylacauga, Ala.

Entrepreneur:
Barry S. Bryant, RPh, CDM, CFTs, Barney’s Pharmacy, Augusta, Ga.

Future Pharmacist:
Laura Vollmer, PharmD Candidate 2015, Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa

Lifetime Leadership:
Michel Disco, BSPharm, RPh, MBA, University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, Albuquerque, N.M.

Military Pharmacist:
Col. Keith Wagner, PharmD, RPh, U.S. Army, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga.

Patient Care Provider:
Julienne Tran, PharmD, FAPhA, Ahold USA, Inc., Quincy, Mass.

Rising Star:
Samuel Stolpe, PharmD, Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Inc., Springfield, Va.

Specialty Pharmacist:
Greg Fox, RPh, Altius Heathcare/Fox Infusion, Tucson, Ariz.

Technician:
Colleen Jenkins, CPhT, St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, Idaho

Technology Innovator:
Jannette Soto, PharmD, Farmacia Del Pozo, Manati, Puerto Rico

Sponsors for the 2014 Next-Generation Pharmacist program include BD Medical, Centor, Giant, Stop & Shop Pharmacy, Independent Pharmacy Cooperative, McKesson, Novo Nordisk, Parata Financial Co., TherapeuticsMD and Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy.

For a recap of the 2014 event and information on next year’s Next-Generation Pharmacist awards, visit http://www.nextgenerationpharmacist.com and connect with the Next-Generation Pharmacist program and participants on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About Parata Systems, LLC

Parata provides technology solutions to support coordinated care, better health outcomes and lower medical costs, empowering pharmacists to grow their businesses. Founded in 2001, the Durham-based company is a brand trusted by more than 12,000 pharmacies and a growing number of global health care professionals serving diverse patient populations. Through Parata, pharmacists can leverage a combination of high-tech tools and workflow to free time to counsel patients, identify and avoid medication interactions, encourage adherence and more. We have filled more than 2.5 billion prescriptions, helping pharmacists avoid an estimated 15 million medication errors. For more information, visit http://www.parata.com or contact info@parata.com or 888-PARATA1 (727-2821).

About Pharmacy Times

Pharmacy Times is the industry’s leading publication, providing practical clinical information pharmacists can use in their everyday practices when counseling patients and interacting with physicians. Each issue contains articles and features covering medication errors, drug interactions, patient education, pharmacy technology, disease state management, patient counseling, product news, pharmacy law and specialty pharmacy. The Pharmacy Times Office of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Learn more at http://www.PharmacyTimes.com, write to editorial@pharmacytimes.com, call 609-716-7777 or visit us on Facebook and on Twitter. Pharmacy Times is published by Michael J. Hennessy Associates, Inc., a leading provider of health care publishing, research, information and education.

Next-Generation PharmacistTM is a trademark of Parata Systems, LLC.

Available for interviews:

Parata Systems
Tom Rhoads, CEO

Bea Riemschneider, Vice President, Group Editorial Director
Pharmacy Times

Editor’s Note: Photo of Col. Keith Wagner is attached.

Contacts

For Next-Generation Pharmacist™
Shawn Ramsey, 919-821-2822
parata@crossroadsprm.com

Col. Keith Wagner, 2014 Next-Generation Pharmacist Award Winner (Photo: Business Wire)

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Contacts

For Next-Generation Pharmacist™
Shawn Ramsey, 919-821-2822
parata@crossroadsprm.com