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MPhA Awards and Recognition
MPhA Awards

Recognizing Today's Leaders in the Field of Pharmacy

The Minnesota Pharmacists Association continuously hears of pharmacy professionals who go above and beyond in advancing the profession and patient care. Help us recognize the profession’s leaders and by nominating a colleague for one of these awards.

Ideal nominations include a statement of support from the nominator, a CV of the nominee if possible, and any additional supporting letters from other peers, co-workers, or community members. Recipients should be MPhA members and not have previously been awarded in the category in which they are being nominated.

The MPhA Award Committee meets annually to review nominations and select recipients. Contact the MPhA office with any questions or for additional information. Nomination Form.


HAROLD R. POPP AWARD

Sponsored by MPhA, the Popp award was established in 1969 in honor of the late Senator Harold R. Popp to recognize one pharmacist annually for their outstanding service to the profession of pharmacy. This is the highest honor bestowed by the association. This award is presented at the MPhA Annual Learning Networking Event Nomination form.

  • Outstanding service to the profession of pharmacy.

Past Recipients:

1969 - John E. Quistgard
1970 - Arnold D. Delger
1971 - Henry M. Moen
1972 - Charles V. Netz
1973 - Russell F. King
1974 - William F. Appel
1975 - Kitty Alcott
1976 - J. Roger Vadheim
1977 - Kendall B. Macho
1978 - Neal W. Schwartau
1979 - Frank D. DiGangi
1980 - John H. Nelson
1981 - Lowell J. Anderson
1982 - Lawrence C. Weaver
1983 - Roland Leuzinger
1984 - Barry Krelitz
1985 - Carl Oberg Jr.
1986 - Russ Boogren
1987 - Gary Schneider
1988 - Bruce Benson
1989 - Donald P. Gibson
1990 - Doris Calhoun
1991 - Howard Juni
1992 - Gilbert Banker
1993 - Karl Leupold
1994 - Barb Jones
1995 - Gary Raines
1996 - David Holmstrom
1997 - Julie Johnson
1998 - Keith Pearson
1999 - Marv Dyrstad
2000 - Michael A. Kelly
2001 - Herb Whittemore
2002 - John Stevens
2003 - James A. Armbruster
2004 - Marilyn Eelkema
2005- Steven Simenson
2006 - Dale Olson
2007 - Paul Iverson
2008 - Christine Koentopp
2009 - Randall Seifert
2010 - Marilyn K. Speedie
2011 - Rod Carter
2012 - William Diers
2013 - Bruce Thompson
2014 - Stephen Schondelmeyer
2015 - Jeffery Lindoo
2016 - Dr. Dawn Carlson


BOWL OF HYGEIA AWARD

Sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations with support from Boehringer Ingelheim, the Bowl of Hygeia recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their own communities. This award is presented at the MPhA Annual Leaning Networking Event Nomination form.

The Bowl of Hygeia symbol derives from Greek mythology and is the most widely recognized international symbol of pharmacy. Hygeia was the daughter and assistant of Aesculapius (sometimes spelled Asklepios), the God of Medicine and Healing. Her classical symbol was a bowl containing a medicinal potion with the serpent of Wisdom (or guardianship) partaking it. This is the same serpent of Wisdom that appears on the caduceus, the staff of Aesculapius, which is the symbol of medicine.

  • Outstanding record of community service, from which their specific identification as a pharmacist reflects well on the profession.
  • Cannot be currently serving (or served in past two years) as an officer of the association in other than ex-officio.

Past Recipients:

1959 - Ted F. Maier
1960 - Arnold M. Grais
1961 - Paul C. Anderson
1962 - Orace Hanson
1963 - William D. Nelson
1964 - Argyll W. Peterson
1965 - Maynard L. Johnson
1966 - Willard J. Hadley
1967 - Bernard H. Trygstad
1968 - Andrew G. Sanders
1969 - Burton D. Magnuson
1970 - Russell F. King, Jr.
1971 - Roger Vadheim
1972 - Frank E. DiGangi
1973 - Jack R. Andrews
1974 - Russell A. Boogren, Jr.
1975 - Carl W. Oberg, Jr.
1976 - Arnold D. Delger
1977 - Earl A. Schwerman
1978 - Ronald O. Leuzinger
1979 - Lowell J. Anderson
1980 - Robert W. Foster
1981 - Andrew Johnson
1982 - Doris Calhoun
1983 - Harold McMahon
1984 - Richard Kienzle
1985 - Gary Schneider
1986 - Brad Stanius
1987 - Donald P. Gibson
1988 - John H. Nelson
1989 - James Alexander
1990 - Herb Whittemore
1991 - Don Dinndorf
1992 - Robert Warren
1993 - Chuck Frost
1994 - Robert Setzer
1995 - Robert Reutzel
1996 - Howard Juni
1997 - Mike Hart
1998 - John Stevens
1999 - Dale Olson
2000 - Julie K. Johnson
2001 - Sherwood Peterson, Jr.
2002 - Terry L. Hartmann
2003 - Richard C. Sundberg
2004 - Steven T. Simenson
2005 - Brian Isetts
2006 - Paul Iverson
2007 - Vern Peterson
2008 - Gary Raines
2009 - Patty Lind
2010 - Gregory Trumm
2011 - John Hoeschen
2012 - Larry Leske
2013 - Harvey Buchholz
2014 - Brent Thompson
2015 - Jenny Houglum
2016 - Linnea Forsell


DISTINGUISHED YOUNG PHARMACIST

Sponsored by Pharmacists Mutual Companies, the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award recognizes a young pharmacist who has distinguished himself/herself in the field of pharmacy. This award is presented at the MPhA Learning Networking Event Nomination form.

  • Entry level degree in pharmacy received less than ten years ago.
  • Practice community, institutional, managed care or consulting pharmacy in the year selected.
  • Participation in national pharmacy associations, professional programs, state association activities and/or community service.

Past Recipients:

1987 - Kathryn Nygren
1988 - Lucy Johnson
1989 - Jeffrey Shapiro
1990 - Mary Hayney
1991 - Nancy Ruhland
1992 - Sherwood Peterson
1993 - Scott Benson
1994 - Karen Schramm
1995 - Jason Varin
1996 - John Hoeschen
1997 - Roger McDannold
1998 - Denise Wolff
1999 - Molly Ekstrand
2000 - Laura Odell
2001 - Debra Sisson
2002 - Michele Grossman-Johnson
2003 - Todd Sorensen
2004 - Terry Hietpas
2005 - Mark Dewey
2006 - Michelle Aytay
2007 - Stephanie Davis
2008 - Sarah Westberg
2009 - Julie Fike
2010 - Dan Rehrauer
2011 - Sarah Leslie
2012 - Stacy Steber
2013 - Nick Giller
2014 - Keri Hager
2015 - Allyson Schlichte
2016 - Justine Meierhofer


EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION

Sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., the Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care. This award is presented at the MPhA Annual Conference Nomination form.

  • Demonstrates innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care.

Past Recipients:

1994 - Keith Pearson
1995 - John Loch
1996 - Tom Jackson
1997 - Laura Miller
1998 - Peters Institute
1999 - Sherwood Peterson Jr.
2000 - Paul Iverson
2001 - Ronald Hartmann
2002 - Tiffany Elton
2003 - John D. Anderson
2004 - Daniel J. Rehrauer
2005 - Jeremy Johnson
2006 - April Hanson
2007 - Vyvy Vo
2008 - Bruce Thompson
2009 - Shannon Reidt
2010 - Amanda Brummel
2011 - Camille Kundel
2012 - Conrad O. Thompson
2013 - First Light Health System Pharmacy Team
2014 - Julie Gambaiani
2015 - Kristin Jahnke
2016 - CentraCare Health Paynesville Pharmacy


PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

Presented by MPhA, the Pharmacy Technician Award recognizes pharmacy technicians in any practice setting who demonstrate leadership in their work and in their community. This award is presented at the MPhA Annual Conference Nomination form.

  • Currently practices as a pharmacy technician in any pharmacy practice setting in the year selected.
  • Demonstrates professionalism by participation in pharmacy association, professional programs and/or community service.
  • Promotes teamwork within the pharmacy, provides leadership and serves as a role model for coworkers.
  • Develops or assists development of efficient safe procedures that support the provision of pharmaceutical care.

Past Recipients:

2004 - Heidi Miller
2005 - Jamie Jesnowski
2006 - Cheryl Blegen
2007 - Sandra Christensen
2008 - Jennifer Sandberg
2009 - Tina Nathe
2010 - Carole Lentz
2011 - Robbin Leach
2014 - Amber Smith
2015 - Calley Caron
2016 - Kyle Lynn Buckingham


Cardinal GenerationRx

This award is administered by the Alliance for Patient Medication Safety. Each state presenting the award will receive $500 to help offset the expenses in administrating this award. In addition, a donation of $500 will be available to be directed to the charity of the recipient’s choice.

Past Recipients:

2014 - Zach Wyman
2015 - Landon Weaver
2016 - HealthPartners MTM Program/Dan Rehrauer







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