One of the duties and privileges of a professional association is to recognize excellence within the profession. The Montana Pharmacy Association does this each year at the winter convention by presenting professional awards of excellence.

The Board of Directors invites you to make nominations for the 2019 awards. Nominations must be received in the MPA office by Monday, October 15, 2018.  Award recipients will be honored at the MPA Awards Dinner on Friday evening, January 11, during the 2019 MPA Winter CE and Ski at Big Sky Resort. Click here to make your 2019 awards nomination

 We Honor Our 2018 MPA Award Recipients

View a full listing of all past award recipients.

Bowl of Hygeia
Tricia Campbell, PharmD - Polson

From the award nomination:  "Tricia's professionalism is unmatched. She is hardworking, respected and loyal. As a dedicated pharmacist, she always goes the extra mile to counsel and talk to customers. Numerous times she has volunteered to provide immunizations or other pharmacy services to patients who are home bound". 

"For over 25 years, she has been an active member of the Polson First Presbyterian Church. There, she coordinates monthly dinners, has served as a dean, an elder and teacher. Tricia is also a member of the local PEO chapter that offers local and national scholarships to young women. She currently volunteers at Montechato Clubhouse, a neighborhood woman's organization that maintains an historic clubhouse, offers community services, and girl's scholarships. Another passion of Tricia's is Mission Valley Live.  This nonprofit brings live entertainment to our small community, providing cultural experiences, music, and fine arts not normally available to adults and children in Polson and Mission Valley."

We recognize the accomplishments of such a deserving recipient. Tricia epitomizes the principles of community service for which this award was developed.

Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year
Tom Richardson, PharmD - St. Peter's Health, Helena

From the award nomination:  "Tom is a rock star young leader in pharmacy practice in Montana. He established a pharmacy residency program at St. Peter's and raised pharmacy practice to new heights. He is a recognized expert in infectious disease, and is the only Montana pharmacist to hold the added infectious disease designation AC-ID through BPS".

Tom is an active member of the Montana Pharmacy Association as well as the Health-Systems Academy. He has been nominated to serve on both boards for the past 2 elections. Because of his outstanding contributions to the profession of pharmacy, he exemplifies and exceeds the criteria required as an award recipient. We congratulate you,Tom.

Excellence in Innovation
Joshua Loveland, PharmD - Shodair Children's Hospital, Helena

From  the award nomination: " Joshua implemented the use of Medicaid web portals for children admitted to Shodair Children's Hospital. These reports allow for easier access to medication histories for patients with neurological and psychiatric conditions. A pharmacist can then identify trialed medications, doses, and drug interactions which may have been therapeutic failures."

Recently, Joshua has assisted with a future publication and poster entitled "Beyond Medication Reconciliation: Pharmacists Can Provide Complete Medication Histories for Medicaid Recipients."  In addition, he has performed research on the Cytochrome P450 Enzymes in American Indian and Caucasian Children. He is an expert in utilizing pharmacogenetic results and applying them to psychiatric in-patients.

Fitzgerald Pharmacist of the Year
Lonnye Finnenman, Pharm D -- Billings 

From the award nomination: " When Lonnye became the director of pharmacy at St. Vincent's in Billings, implementing the pharmacy residency program was on of his first priorities. He was also presented with an ASHP Best Practice Award for the Alaris Pump conversion in 2014, making St. Vincent's the first hospital to achieve interoperability between its infusion pump and EMR vendor partners".

Lonnye volunteers for Family Promise, a nonprofit organization that focuses on ending the cycle of poverty and homelessness in his community. He also is active in in his church where he leads a youth group. As a volunteer for Child Bridge, he is involved in helping to find and support foster and adoptive families for Montana's children in need. As an active member of the American Diabetes Association, he was given the award of Outstanding Leadership for the State of Montana. He is also a past chair of the Montana Family Link committee and is a team captain for the annual Tour de Cure in Billings. He is a well-deserved recipient of the Fitzgerald Pharmacist of the Year Award!


Generation Rx Champions
Derek Burns, PharmD 

From the award nomination: "Derek takes the utmost responsibility for assuring safe medication use with our intravenous medication processes. He has improved our compliance rates with USP <797> and USP <800> and has supervised the central pharmacy ad mixture practices. Derek also takes the time to educate new staff members on the IV room process and sterile compounding processes".
He is a member of the Montana Pharmacy Association and has served on the Health-Systems Academy of MPA. A current ASHP member, Derek has served as a delegate for the State of Montana in the ASHP House of Delegates.

Pharmacy Technician of the Year
Rachael Burden, CPhT - Silvertip Pharmacy, West Yellowstone

From the award nomination: "Rachael has worked as the lead telepharmacy technician since 2009 in the town of West Yellowstone. She has helped grow the business and establish it as a year-round fixture.  She has put Silvertip Pharmacy on the map. With her help, it is now a well-known, trusted health care provider in town. Her inventory management is impeccable. Rachael is the face of our store. She is the perfect example of the role pharmacy technicians play in small towns."

Rachael has been an MPA member for years. She was twice elected to the local school board where she served as president. She has also served on the West Yellowstone Health Care Council, Booster Club, the annual Christmas stroll and the World Snowmobile Expo. Rachael, you are a vital part of the community of pharmacies here in Montana.