ASHP Announces 2019 Best Practices Award Winners

Published: December 9, 2019
ASHP Press Release

Six Teams Honored for Innovative Approaches to Patient Care

ASHP recognized six pharmacy teams with its Best Practices Award during the 54th Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in Las Vegas. The award, which is sponsored in cooperation with Amgen, was established in 1999 and recognizes pharmacists who demonstrate leadership and innovation in enhancing patient care and other areas of pharmacy practice.

“These pharmacist-led teams applied bold thinking and creative approaches to address critical medication-use issues,” said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP. “This award is a fitting recognition of their inspiring work to improve the quality of care patients receive in all healthcare settings and expand the pharmacist’s role on the healthcare team.”

This year’s winners are as follows:

  • Development and Outcomes of a High-Touch, Integrated Specialty Pharmacy Model at an Academic Health System, Vanderbilt Specialty Pharmacy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Autumn Zuckerman, Pharm.D., AAHIVP, BCPS, CSP; Jacob Jolly, Pharm.D., CSP; Nisha Shah, Pharm.D.; Ryan Nix, Pharm.D.; Elizabeth Cherry, Pharm.D.; Matthew Phillips, Pharm.D.; Rebecca Yoon, Pharm.D.; Nicholas Brakefield, Pharm.D.; Tara Kelley, Pharm.D., MMHC, CSP

  • Impact of a Centralized Pharmacy Transitions of Care Program on 30-Day Hospital Readmission Rates for Patients Discharged from Contracted Skilled Nursing Facilities, Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Region, Oakland, Calif.

Karen Cham, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPHQ; Alfonso Becerra, Pharm.D.; Adenola Akilo, Pharm.D.; Kelvin Chan, Pharm.D.; Shubhi Nagrani, Pharm.D.; Jodi Loyles, Pharm.D., BCACP; Carolyn Woo, Pharm.D.

  • Implementation of a Scalable Pharmacy Population Health Model at a Large Regional Health System, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Beth S. Williams, Pharm.D.; Molly T. Hinely, Pharm.D., BCPS, CPP; Tiffany J. Sherod-Harris, Pharm.D.; Candace M. Dixon, Pharm.D., BCACP, CPP, MSCR; Jennifer E. Tryon, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP; Brian A. Marlow, Pharm.D., M.B.A.

  • Implementation of an Opioid Stewardship Program at an Academic Medical Center, UK HealthCare, Lexington, Ky.

Douglas R. Oyler, Pharm.D.; Phillip K. Chang, M.D., M.B.A.; Kristy S. Deep, M.D.; Stephanie M. Abel, Pharm.D., BCPS; Kimberley B. Hite, Pharm.D., M.S.

  • Pharmacy Driven Rapid Bacteremia Response Program, Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Ky.

Ashley M. Wilde, Pharm.D., BCPS-AQ ID; Matthew Song, Pharm.D.; W. Paul Allen, Pharm.D.; Leslie K. Kenney, B.S.Pharm., BCPS; Alice H. Beane, Pharm.D., BCCCP, BCPS; Alan D. Junkins, Ph.D., D(ABMM); Paul S. Schulz, M.D.

  • Transforming Data Into Insight: Establishment of a Pharmacy Analytics and Outcomes Team, UNC Health Care, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Mary-Haston Vest, Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS; Ashley Pappas, Pharm.D., M.H.A.; Evan Colmenares, Pharm.D.; Scott W. Savage, Pharm.D., M.S.; Timothy Weber, B.S.Pharm., M.B.A.; Rowell Daniels, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP

Visit ASHP Best Practices Award for more information.


About ASHP
ASHP represents pharmacists who serve as patient care providers in acute and ambulatory settings. The organization’s 45,000 members include pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. For more than 75 years, ASHP has been at the forefront of efforts to improve medication use and enhance patient safety. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists advance healthcare, visit ASHP’s website,, or its consumer website,



Posted December 9, 2019

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