2019 Award Recipients
Several members were selected for awards during the Alaska Pharmacists Association February Annual Convention in Anchorage:
Mike Beiergrohslein with Southcentral Foundation received the Distinguished Alaskan Pharmacist Award. This award recognizes a pharmacist who has worked in Alaska for over ten years, devoted their career to supporting the profession of pharmacy and the community in which they live, and served as a role model for younger pharmacists.
Brian McKnight with the Alaska Native Medical Center (pictured above with presenter Brittany Keener) received the Pharmacy Technician Award. This award recognizes a pharmacy technician currently employed in an Alaskan pharmacy who has demonstrated outstanding service both in their profession and community.
Michelle Vaughn, with SEARHC in Juneau, received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. This award is presented annually by Pharmacists Mutual to a pharmacist who received an entry degree in pharmacy less than ten years ago in retail, institutional, managed care or consulting pharmacy, and who has actively participated in national pharmacy associations, professional programs, state association activities and/or community service.
The ANTHC Inpatient and Infusion Pharmacy Optimization Team received the Excellence in Innovation Award. This award, coordinated by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and generously sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., recognizes pharmacists who meet the challenge of providing quality, cost effective care in a rapidly changing health care environment with creative new solutions.
Catherine Kowalski with Petersburg Rexall Drug (pictured on right with Molly Gray during the Legislative Fly-In) received the Bowl of Hygeia Award. This award, sponsored by the APhA Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations with support from Boehringer-Ingelheim, is presented to a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service and civic leadership, which, apart from her specific identification as a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession.