Nominations for 2018 award recipients are open!

Awards include the Distinguished Young Pharmacist, Excellence in Innovation, Generation Rx Champions, Pharmacy Technician of the Year, Fitzgerald Pharmacist of the Year, Bowl of Hygeia

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View a full listing of all past award recipients.

2017 MPA Annual Award Recipients

Bowl of Hygeia
Matthew Bowman, PharmD -- Barrett Hospital and Healthcare, Dillon

From the award nomination:  "Matt is very community minded and has a passion for improving health care access, and in doing so, better the health of the community of Dillon and surrounding Beaverhead County. Providing healthcare in rural Montana has its own set of challenges, and Matt is determined to do what he can to make services available for his community.  Fortunately, his position at Barrett Hospital and HealthCare has put him in the right place to develop seeral programs which directly serve community members and their health care needs."

"Matt has served his community in many different ways -- member of the Dillon Volunteer Fire Department, Southwest Montana YMCA Board of Directors, 4-H leader, escort for youth to San Diego to work at City of Refuge Mission, leader of Boy Scouts, Pony Leage baseball coach and supporter of multiple other community activities."

Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year
Logan Tinsen, PharmD -- Benefis Health System, Great Falls

From the award nomination:  "Logan is a major contributor to the stroke team.  Through his efforts our door-to-tPA administration times have gone down by 24 minutes year to date.  This has greatly improved patient care for such a devastating disease." 

"Logan is also active in teaching, serving as a preceptor for the residency program and IPPE/APPE students.  He has presented numerous professional presentations on a wide variety of clinical topics."

This award is presented annually to a pharmacist who exemplifies professionalism, leadership and is a role model to their peers.  Logan is actively involved in various professional organizations. 

Excellence in Innovation
Mike Bertagnolli, PharmD - Bozeman Health, Bozeman

From  the award nomination: "I am nominating Mike for his work and leadership on the Transition of Care Project at Bozeman Health. In the project pharmacists reviewed correct medication reconciliation, drug interactions, allergies, medications received while hospitalized and appropriateness of medication for disease state.  The pharmacist then corrected any discrepancies with physician approval and educated patients on all discharge medications.  To date this program has completed over 1500 interventions, 163 which had potential to cause serious patient harm.  Over 600 patients have received discharge counseling.  This is truly an innovative practice that has had a positive impact on patient care and population health in Bozeman." 

Fitzgerald Pharmacist of the Year
Carla Cobb, Pharm D -- RiverStone Health, Billings

From the award nomination: "Carla is a leader and trail blazer in establishing forward looking pharmacy policy in Montana. Through her efforts this past year, she has been instrumental in championing payment for pharmacist services in Montana. Her organization and resources have moved us closer to being recognized by Montana Medicaid for what we do for our patients.  She has put together many meetings, seminars, and CE events in the past year and has been a driving force in bringing all interested parties together for a common goal -- recognizing pharmacists as providers."

Generation Rx Champions
Derrick Schoeben, PharmD Candidate 2017 -- University of Montana, Missoula
Presented by Kevin Coffman (left) of Cardinal Health, sponsor of the award.

From the award nomination: "Derrick served as chair for Generation Rx, a community service operation of the American Pharmacy Association, Academy of Students of Pharmacy.  One of the goals of this group is to present on
prescription drug abuse to high schools.  Derrick presented at 65 high schools in Montana and Idaho.  Derrick has been passionate about spreading the word about addiction from prescription drug abuse to alcoholism.  Derrick  explained his passion  by stating, "I hope that through these presentations I can prevent some of the high schoolers from going through the pain and hopelessness that comes with addiction."   Coffman concluded, "Derrick is truly an advocate in bringing about awareness of drug addiction to those in his peer group.  For his efforts we thank him."

Pharmacy Technician of the Year
Angela Jensen, CPhT -- Alpine Apothecary, Whitefish

From the award nomination: "Angela is a relentless advocate for doing the right thing at the highest possible level of professionalism in every situation.  Her enthusiasm for helping patients and her ability to talk to patients and providers in a clear professional manner is fantastic.  She is always willing to stay a little later, work a little harder, and dig just a little deeper if she knows it is going to help the situation."