Health-Systems Academy


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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 information regarding the HS Academy Resident Program.

Read about Health-Systems Academy updates here.

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.


Health-Systems Academy Members

HS Academy Chair, MPA Board Chair 
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.

HS Academy Chair-Elect, MPA Board Member:
 Shawn Patrick, PharmD, BCPP
Community Health Partners, Cardwell -- Director of Pharmacy
406-842-7434 /Email Shawn
Shawn says: 
-His favorite outdoor place in Montana is his parents' ranch in Cardwell, MT.
-His hidden talent is that he bakes a good Apple Crisp.

ASHP Senior Delegate, MPA Past Board Chair:  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 Plan 


ASHP Junior Delegate: Hugh Easley, Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy Services, Kalispell Regional Healthcare
406-756-4701 / Email Hugh 
Hugh says:
-- One thing he does that annoys others.  Honestly I am pretty funny (and modest) and some people do not recognize the comedic wit that is around them.  Occasionally (or I should say rarely) when I tell a joke, some of the folks do not laugh ( I always laugh at my jokes) so I repeat the joke just to make sure everyone had the chance to hear it.
-- The celebrity he would like to take to dinner?  It would either be Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis because I cannot tell those two apart - just ask Mel's or Bruce's son (still not sure which one).

MPA Board Member:  
Dean Goroski, PharmD, BCPS 
US 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.


MPA Board Member:
JoEllen Maurer, BSPh, MHA, BCPS
Pharmacy Clinical Manager, St. Vincent Healthcare (Billings),PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director
406-237-8111 / Email JoEllen
JoEllen says: 
-Her favorite outdoor place in Montana is somewhere in Northeast MT, riding a horse on a wagon train. 
-Her favorite songs are, Teach Your Children, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; really the entire "So Far" album by CSNY. 

ASHP 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.



ASHP At-Large Member: Melanie Townsend, PharmD, BCPS 
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 Resident Representative: Jordan Amaro, PharmD
Bozeman Health, Bozeman
406-451-3512/ Email Jordan
Jordan says:
--His favorite place in Montana is at the top of Disco or Lost Trail in the winter or hiking to mountain lakes in the summer with good friends.
--A late-night quesadilla usually does the trick for his favorite midnight snack.



 ASHP Member At-Large:  Raylene Starck, PharmD, BCPS
SCL Holy Rosary Healthcare, Director of Pharmacy, Miles City
Raylene says:
-Where is your favorite outdoor place in Montana?  On my front porch with the soft glow of the party lights!
-What is something most people don't know about you? I survived the Route91 mass shooting in Las Vegas Nevada on Oct. 1, 2017. Live everyday like it's a gift!