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Upsher-Smith honors innovative pharmacists
January 13th, 2014
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. – Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc. is honoring the 2013 recipients of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations (NASPA) Excellence in Innovation Award.
The pharmaceutical company said Monday that the award, coordinated annually by NASPA and sponsored by Upsher-Smith, recognized 42 pharmacists in 41 states for 2013.
The Excellence in Innovation Award honors qualified pharmacists who have demonstrated significant innovation in their practice, method or service, directly or indirectly resulting in improved patient care and/or advancement of the profession of pharmacy.
The award is presented by participating state pharmacist associations.
"Upsher-Smith is proud to support NASPA's efforts to recognize these talented innovators in the field of pharmacy," stated Mark Evenstad, president and chief executive officer of Upsher-Smith. "As a pharmacist, our chairman Kenneth Evenstad has instilled a great respect for the role of the pharmacist throughout Upsher-Smith. We believe the impact pharmacists can have on patient wellness and their passion for improving patient lives is truly inspiring."
Award recipients for 2013 Jeffrey Jerkins (Alabama), Amy Kennedy (Arizona), Lanita White (Arkansas), Charles Caley (Connecticut), William Harbester (Delaware), Sonia Martinez (Florida), Bobby Price (Georgia), Kara Izumi (Hawaii), Izabella Wentz (Illinois), Gloria Sachdev (Indiana), Heather Ourth (Iowa), Lisa Everett (Kansas), Buddy Wheeler (Kentucky), Errol Duplantis (Louisiana), Steve Maki (Maine), John Motsko and Geoffrey Twigg (Maryland), Allison Paquin (Massachusetts), Kathleen Brown (Michigan), FirstLight Health System Pharmacy Team (Minnesota), Robert Lomenick (Mississippi), Paul Perniciaro (Missouri), Matthew Bowman (Montana), Ajay Gupta (New Hampshire), Anne Crochunis (New Jersey), Jennifer Ortega (New Mexico), Elizabeth Phillips (New York), Stephen Eckel (North Carolina), Thrifty White Pharmacies (North Dakota), Joseph Dula (Ohio), John Crumly (Oklahoma), Bill Boyce (Oregon), Robert Maher (Pennsylvania), Anita Jackson (Rhode Island), Jessica Puckett-Beasley (South Carolina), Ryan Moss (Tennessee), Debra Lopez (Texas), Brandon Jennings (Utah), Michelle Herbert Thomas (Virginia), Stephen Setter (Washington), Denise Walbrandt Pigarelli (Wisconsin) and Scot Schmidt (Wyoming).
"We are grateful for Upsher-Smith's support of the Excellence in Innovation Award," commented Rebecca Snead, executive vice president of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. "This partnership helps us recognize the innovators in pharmacy who are advancing the profession in pursuit of healthier patients. We are proud to honor these individuals who have worked so hard to improve the lives of the patients they serve."