Health-Systems Academy

The MPA’s Health-Systems Academy is affiliated with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). 

Provide a mechanism for pharmacists, residents, students, and pharmacy technicians practicing in hospitals and health systems to establish standards of best practice through policy development in association with the Montana Pharmacy Association (MPA) Board of Directors.

To serve and represent Montana health-system pharmacy through our affiliation with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Continue to advance the profession of health-system pharmacy in Montana while promoting leadership, development, and education.

--Professional Development

Read more about the policy of the Health-Systems Academy.

Click here for the HSA’s 2015-2016 Strategic Plan.

There are multiple ways to get involved with the Health-Systems Academy.  In you are interested in joining or learning more, please email the MPA.

Upcoming Health-Systems Academy Events and Activities

2018 Health-Systems Academy Spring Seminar:  April 20 & 21
.  Sites in Billings and Missoula featuring a variety of topics, including pharmacy resident research presentations.

Melanie Townsend is recognized by Chris Topoleski, ASHP director of Federal Legislative Affairs for her years of service as the chair of the MPA's Health-Systems Academy.  Thank you Melanie!

Recognition presented April 28, 2017 at the Spring Seminar.

Chair :
 Amanda Patel, PharmD

Providence St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula
406-327-1854 / Email Amanda
Amanda says:
--Her favorite midnight snack is buttered popcorn
--Her favorite movie is Young Frankenstein.
Past Chair:
Melanie Townsend, PharmD

Billings Clinic, Billings

Melanie says:
--Her favorite place in Montana is the Tongue River Reservoir where her family has a cabin.  She loves spending time on the water.
--The celebrity she would like to take to dinner is Jennifer Aniston.  She has been a Friends fan since college.

ASHP Junior Delegate (2018):
 Jason Nickisch, PharmD, BCPS, MBA
Providence St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula
 Email Jason
Jason says:
--The celebrity he would most like to take to dinner is Bill Gates.
--His favorite midnight snack is Face Plant.

Pharmacist in Residency:  
Sonja Clausen, MS, PharmD
Deaconess Health Services, Bozeman
605-280-1787 / Email Sonja
Sonja says:
--Her most amazing place in Montana so far has been Pine Creek Lake in the Absaroka-Beartooth Range but the best part of Montana is that there are so many other places to explore.
--Something most people don't know about her is that her dad is Norwegian and she was named after the Queen of Norway, no pressure.

ASHP Past Delegate:
 Lonnye Finneman, PharmD
St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings

406-237-1854 / Email Lonnye
Lonnye says:
--His hidden talent is faking a dramatic fall down.
--His favorite song is "We Are the Champions" by Queen.

MPA Board Member:  
Dean Goroski, PharmD, BCPSUS Public Health Service, Crow Agency -- Pharmacy Supervisor
509-850-7060 / Email Dean
Dean says:
--His favorite place in Montana is the one I discover.  He loves the vastness of Montana and is continually impressed with the ability to find new and amazing places to explore.

--Something most people do not know about him is that he graduated from both Montana State and University of Montana.  He has 14 year old twins -- one is a Bobcat and the other is a Griz.  Their Montana roots run deep.

University of Montana Ad Hoc Member
Kerry Haney, PharmD, BCACP, CPP
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana, University of Montana, Missoula
406-243-4493 / Email Kerry

MPA Board Member:
 Rory Johnson, PharmD, AE-C

University of Montana, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Missoula 
406-243-4647 / Email Rory
Rory says:
--His favorite outdoor place in Montana is the confluence of the Tenderfoot Creek and the Smith River.
--His favorite movie is The Big Lebowski.

MPA Board Member:
 Stacey Pascoe, PharmD

CVS - Butte/Anaconda Area
406-693-7215 / Email Stacey
Stacey says:
--Something most people do not know about her is that pharmacy is her second career.  She graduated from Montana State University with a degree in civil engineering in 2006 and designed small dams and irrigation systems in Montana for four years before returning to pharmacy school.
--If she could have any job in the world her potential third career would be as a cake decorator.  She says it probably wouldn't work out because she is not artistic at all but it just looks so fun.

At-Large Member:
  Tom Richardson, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
St. Peter's Hospital, Helena
406-444-2356 / Email Tom
Tom says:

--If he could do any job in the world it would be master brewer for Rogue Brewery.
--His favorite movies are Anchorman (1 and 2).

MPA Board Member:
  Leigh Scherer, BS, CPhT

SCL Health -- Sr. Pharmacy Applications Analyst at St. Vincent (Billings), Holy Rosary (Miles City) and St. James (Butte).
303-603-9331 / Email Leigh
Leigh says:
--Her favorite outdoor place in Montana is Beehive on the Stillwater.
--Her favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption.

At-Large Member
:  Logan Tinsen, PharmD,

Benefis Health System and Big Sky Managed Care, Great Falls

406-231-4732 / Email Logan 
Logan says:
--His favorite outdoor place in Montana is on his family ranch in the Highwood Mountains.
--One thing he does that annoys others, according to his wife, is that he is a heavy breather when he sleeps -- but he never snores.