The PharmPAC Honor Awards are presented annually to recognize significant contributions of pharmacists to the profession and to the advancement of public health. The awards include:
CAPT George F. Archambault studied pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and law at Northeastern University. He also received honorary doctorate degrees in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences and from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and an honorary doctorate of law degree from Temple University. From 1979 to 1984, he was the Washington correspondent for Drug Intelligence and Clinical Pharmacy. For seven years, Dr. Archambault was the pharmacy consultant to the Executive Medical Officer of the United Mine Workers of America Welfare and Retirement Fund. Patient drug profiles and formulary drug prescribing became part of the pharmacy program under his leadership. One of his many outstanding contributions to pharmacy was the development of pharmacy standards (Conditions of Participation) for Medicare, which he did while he served in the Bureau of State Services and as a Pharmacy Liaison Officer to the Office of the US Surgeon General. He maintained a private law practice for six years and he practiced hospital pharmacy for 15 years. He was a commissioned officer in the USPHS and was the Director of Pharmacy for three years at the USPHS Hospital in Boston. He served for many years as chief of Pharmacy Branch, Division of Hospitals, Bureau of Medical Services, USPHS in Washington, DC. He held presidencies in APhA and ASHP. He was a member of the US Pharmacopeial Convention for more than 3 decades and a trustee for 10 years. He received both the Remington Honor Medal and the H.A.K. Whitney Lecture Award. He was a vocal advocate for expanding the role of pharmacy in health care, and challenged the lack of professional status for PHS pharmacists and led the move to improve pharmacy services in PHS. CAPT George F. Archambault was named a “Living Treasure of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps” on April 22, 1999 by Deputy Surgeon General RADM Kenneth P. Moritsugu.
This award was previously named the PHS Career Achievement Award from 1993-1996.
This award recognizes senior civil service or Commissioned Corps pharmacists serving under the authority of the PHS, with at least 15 years of PHS service, for outstanding achievements and contributions to the pharmacy profession in the PHS. The namesake for this award, CAPT George F Archambault, was a vocal advocate for expanding the role of pharmacy in health care. He challenged the lack of professional status for PHS pharmacists and led the move to improve pharmacy services in PHS.
This year’s recipient, CAPT Johnston, executed his 25 year PHS career in a manner that follows in the distinguished footsteps of CAPT Archambault. Specifically, CAPT Johnston has been a true pharmacy leader and has advocated for improved federal pharmacy practice through policy development and expanded clinical pharmacy services. His accomplishments are numerous. CAPT Johnston is currently the Chief Pharmacist and Director of Pharmacy Programs for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, oversees 122 facilities within 37 states and territories, and oversees 300 pharmacists who care for over 206,000 patients annually, and is responsible for a $100 budget. He has implemented many agency-wide programs. Most recently, he is known as the national expert regarding opioid overdose treatment and has implemented agency wide naloxone training and administration programs. He is recognized for his service as a national leader in many national committees, organizations, PHS, and the BOP. With this award, we recognize CAPT Johnston for his dedicated service to PHS and patient care through his longstanding career.
RADM Allen J. Brands served as the Indian Health Service Chief (IHS) of Pharmacy Services from 1953 until 1981, and from 1967-1981 he also served as the USPHS Chief Pharmacy Officer. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and subsequently worked in community practice. During World War II, he served as a Battalion Radar Officer in the US Marine Corps and entered the USPHS in 1950. During his tour of duty as the IHS Chief of Pharmacy Services, he strongly encouraged the development of innovative and highly progressive pharmacy practices by pharmacists in the field. The use of patient medication consultation rooms attached to the pharmacy, primary care by pharmacists, the Clinical Support Center Pharmacy Practice Training Program, the IHS Pharmacist Practitioner Program, and patient consultation techniques now used nationwide in schools and colleges of pharmacy were all developed under his bold leadership. He is fondly referred to as the father of clinical pharmacy because of these programs which laid the foundation for the concept of pharmaceutical care, and his advocacy for changes in attitude and philosophy at the highest levels of the profession. Many pharmacists who served in IHS during this time of rapid advances subsequently became leaders in the academic and professional field and further supported this transition of the profession. RADM Allen J. Brands will always be remembered as a pioneer in the advancement of the pharmacy profession.
This award was previously named the PHS Pharmacist of the Year Award from 1986-1993, and the PHS Clinical Pharmacist of the Year Award from 1994-1996.
The namesake for this award is known as the “father of clinical pharmacy” and many of the clinical pharmacy services currently delivered in the Indian Health Service and nationwide arose from his innovation. Dr. Brands’ advocacy for these programs laid the foundation that ultimately resulted in the concept now known as “pharmaceutical care.” This award recognizes the achievements of PHS pharmacists that provide traditional pharmaceutical services.
LCDR Lashley Hatch is the 2019 recipient of the Allen J Brands Clinical Pharmacist of the Year award for his innovation and progress in novel pharmacy services, including emergency pharmacy and disease management clinic. He helped establish the first fulltime ER pharmacy team in the Indian Health Service at the Gallup Hospital (ultimately increasing ER pharmacy services 24 hours). LCDR Hatch also created a pharmacist managed, all-inclusive, disease management clinic. He manages patients’ chronic diseases by physician referral, serving as a model for other USPHS clinics. He is responsible for increasing pharmacy services at the Gallup Hospital, improving patient access to care, improving quality of patient care and safety, and he saved his organization nearly a million dollars. Similar to Dr. Brands, LCDR Hatch serves as a leader and mentor to pharmacists across the country.
Mary Louise Andersen graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1952 and joined her father in community pharmacy practice in Wilmington, DE. She was active in the Delaware Pharmaceutical Society, serving as its first female president in 1965. She received the A.H. Robbins Bowl of Hygeia Award and the Harry Zeisig Award from the Delaware Pharmaceutical Society. During these years, she partnered with other pharmacy leaders in convening the first Symposium for Women in Pharmacy. She was elected Vice-President of the American Pharmaceutical Association and then served two years as Speaker of the House of Delegates. During her terms, students in the profession were given the official recognition as members in this body, a decision for which she has been honored with the Linwood F. Tice Friend of the Academy of Students of Pharmacy Award. She was the first female candidate for the office of APhA President. In 2003, she was awarded the Remington Honor Medal, considered the profession’s most prestigious award for pharmacists in the United States. She was the founder of The Children’s Inn, a residential facility on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Children’s Inn houses critically ill children who are enrolled in NIH research protocols and their families. Mary Louise Andersen had an illustrious career and demonstrated excellent leadership in many key positions, including Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health/Operations and Deputy Director of the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care.
This award was previously named the USPHS Non-Clinical Pharmacist of the Year Award from 1994 to 2002.
This award recognizes the achievements of pharmacists in the PHS in non-traditional or administrative roles, with primary emphasis on leadership accomplishments such as the management of multifaceted programs of noteworthy consequence, heavy or complex workloads, and sustained and significant performance levels. During Mary Louise Anderson’s career, she represented the profession of pharmacy at national level through leadership and managerial excellence.
Similarly, this year’s award recipient, CAPT Michael Long, has proven to be an outstanding leader of the Federal Bureau of Prison. Specifically, CAPT Long has advocated for improved patient outcomes through policy development and expanded clinical pharmacy services. His accomplishments are numerous, but include; developing the first residency program at BOP and expanding that program for 2 pharmacists per year, coordinating with Indian Health Service on residency training, establishing the first BOP Regional diabetes program and Regional educational program, and expanding the number of collaborative practice agreements. He also implemented innovative pharmacy practice models to facilitate the use of clinical pharmacy services and improve patient outcomes. He is recognized for his service as a national leader in pharmacy organizations, PHS, and the BOP, including serving as acting BOP chief pharmacist. CAPT Long’s contributions are numerous and we recognize his service and achievement with this award.
RADM John Babb received his Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee in 1968. In 1993, he received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Memphis. He joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1989 after working 21 years as a community pharmacist and began his exemplary USPHS career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) in Memphis, Tennessee. He then moved to Washington, D.C. as FBOP Chief Pharmacist, eventually becoming the FBOP Chief of Health Programs. In 2000, he became the Director of the Office of Force Readiness and Deployment (OFRD), with the responsibility for coordinating the public health and medical readiness and response capabilities of the USPHS. He was sworn in as an Assistant Surgeon General in 2002. RADM John Babb served as Acting Pharmacy Chief Professional Officer, Regional Health Administrator for Region VII, and HHS Acting Regional Director and Homeland Security H1N1 Regional Coordinator before retiring from USPHS in 2010.
This award was previously named the Pharmacist Responder of the Year Award from 2007-2010. It was established in 2007 by Chief Pharmacy Officer RADM Robert Pittman in response to a call for nominations by the Commissioned Officers’ Association (COA) to name a Commissioned Corps Responder of the Year. The honoree will be the CPO’s nominee for COA Responder of the Year.
This award recognizes a pharmacist that has provided outstanding emergency preparedness, disaster response, and contributions to national or international public health threats. This year’s recipient, LCDR Rebecca Nahleen Lopez has been involved with the National Incident Support Team-Alpha (NIST-A), a tier I deployment team since 2011 and has been the Deputy Team Leader since 2017. Through the years she has deployed and overseen numerous disaster teams. Most recently, she deployed to the Unaccompanied Minors mission in the summer of 2018, was the lead Pharmacist for the Ebola Vaccine trials in West Africa in 2017, and deployed to multiple hurricanes shortly after returning from Africa.
LCDR Lopez continually takes on challenging missions and leadership positions, she was instrumental in the development and evolution of the National Incident Support Teams as they support the National Incident Response Coordination teams, now known as Incident Management teams (IMT). During the humanitarian Unaccompanied Minors Mission, she integrated quickly with the IMT. She was tasked with drafting the Operational Plans for each 24 hour working period to ensure the 250 team members had up to date information of the mission, allowing quick planning for housing and reunifying the children with their loved ones.
This award was previously sponsored by the George F. Archambault Foundation until 2011. The George F. Archambault Foundation exists to support the advancement of Public Health Pharmacy. The foundation was established in 1999 to honor the distinguished career of CAPT George F. Archambault (Ret.) with a personal emphasis on vision, leadership, growth and advanced education. Even though this award no longer provides a grant to the recipient for further training in administration/management, the PharmPAC decided to continue the recognition of USPHS pharmacists who best exemplify the qualities signified by the award.
This award recognizes a U.S. Public Health Service pharmacist (O-5/GS-14 or lower grade) who has improved pharmacy service or the public's health through managerial excellence.
This year’s recipient, CDR Ross Green, is being recognized for his efforts to improve pharmacy services for the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority in Oklahoma. Over the past two years CDR Green has executed innovative tactics to expand pharmacy services to meet the need for increased prescription volume. He implemented pharmacy automation systems in 7 outpatient pharmacies, expanded and added robotics to the refill center, and was the lead pharmacist consultant for the construction of the Regional Medical Center. He also improved the billing system within RPMS, which increased revenues by 32.7% ($9 million). His legislative and Board of Pharmacy testimonies lead to significant pharmacy law changes which improved prescription delivery and access to care by Native Americans living in rural Oklahoma. We are proud to honor CDR Green for his service and achievements with this award.
U.S. Public Health Service pharmacists, including civil service and Commissioned Officers, are eligible to receive a PharmPAC Honor Award. Additional eligibility information is distributed annually with a call for nominations. Nominations are evaluated against standardized criteria and the recipients are selected by the PharmPAC voting members and Chief Professional Officer. Please refer to the most current Honor Award announcement for nomination procedures or contact the Honor Award Team lead: CDR Lara Nichols
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