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Remembering William “Bill” Vidmar

Long-time MPhA member William John “Bill” Vidmar passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on August 18 at age 82. Bill was born in Chisholm, Minn., and graduated from Chisholm High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army. After two years of service, Bill continued his education at the University of Minnesota Duluth and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Bill started his career in 1959 as a pharmacist, store manager and district manager for Walgreens.

Bill continued a successful career with Target, Gambles and Snyder Drug. At Snyder Drug, Bill was a Vice President and partner until his retirement in 1999. Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth, and by 9 children, 26 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, as well as a sister, sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He was involved in the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, the Minnesota Pharmacists Association, the University of Minnesota Foundation Presidents Club, the University of Minnesota Century Mortar Club, and many other church and civic organizations.

Lucinda Maine Receives Alumni Service Award

Lucinda Maine, a 1985 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, received the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award at the Alumni Association’s celebratory event on Oct. 19.

“So much of my career success was shaped by my time at the University of Minnesota and by the people affiliated with the College of Pharmacy. I’m grateful,” Maine said. Maine has been executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy since 2002. Previously, she held several senior VP positions over a 10-year period at the American Pharmacists Association. She also served as associate dean and director of professional relations at Samford Universtiy School of Pharmacy.

APhA Pinnacle Award Goes to MPhA Member, HealthPartners

MPhA member Daniel Rehrauer, PharmD, and his team at HealthPartners received a Pinnacle Award from the American Pharmacists Association. Watch a video describing the impressive outcomes of HealthPartners’ Medication Therapy Management Program.

The Minnesota-based HealthPartners MTM Program is an integrated health organization that provides care delivery and health plans functions through a network of community and clinic-based pharmacists, according to its video. The largest consumer-governed nonprofit health care organization in the country, with nearly 900,000 members across all 50 states now, HealthPartners began in 2006 and is unique in that it integrates insurance and care delivery. All providers are able to share data and work together as a team to achieve patient care goals.

“Everything we do is related to the triple aim,” Rehrauer said in his remarks. He spoke of “proving the value a pharmacist can provide when integrated with a patient’s care,” and said HealthPartners has the data to show its work positively affects patient experience, outcomes, and cost of care.

On September 19, Rehrauer was the featured guest speaker at the Pinnacle Awards Innovations in Pharmacy Practice Lecture held at APhA headquarters. His lecture, From Medicare to Coverage for All: The Evolution of an MTM Program Over a Decade, showcased the Health Partners MTM program.

James Cloyd Receives Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care

James Cloyd, PharmD, has been selected to receive the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 2017 J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care. Established in 1997 with an original gift from Abbott Laboratories and now supported through the J. Kiffin Penry Fund of AES, this award honors Dr. Penry’s lifelong focus on and genuine concern for the patient with epilepsy. It recognizes individuals whose work has had a major impact on patient care and improved the quality of life for persons with epilepsy as well as recognizing excellence in the care of persons with epilepsy.

“The award is particularly meaningful to me as I worked closely with Dr. Penry during the early years of my career,” said Cloyd. “He set a standard for excellence in patient care, education, and research that I’ve tried to emulate.”

Cloyd will receive the award at the 2017 AES Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 4.

Thrifty White Is Improving Patient Outcomes with New Diabetes Pilot

From Drug Store News, Sept. 22: Thrifty White Pharmacy wants to enhance patients’ lives through a new diabetes care program that places recipients into a medsync program. The program features comprehensive medication therapy management sessions, patient disease management goal setting, and follow through. Thrifty White also offers a compliance packaging service, HealthyPack Rx, that helps organize and manage a patient’s medication.

“The diabetes program allows us to connect with that diabetes patient on a deeper level,” Ben Shanahan, regional sales manager, Thrifty White Pharmacy, told Drug Store News. “Ultimately the goal is to improve the total health outcome of that patient,” he said. “Where our sweet spot is, [it’s] improving and/or increasing the adherence to medications, ensuring they’re on the right medication and layering what’s important to [the patient] from a goal standpoint, so working with them and their care team to align on the two or three goals they’ve identified that will really engage them to improve their care of diabetes.”

Thrifty White recently introduced the dedicated diabetes pilot across 20 markets with plans to roll out the program to all stores in October. The Thrifty White Pharmacy diabetes care program follows diabetes management guidelines set forth by Minnesota Community Measurements, which is comparable to CMS’ STAR ratings, Shanahan said. Read the full article.

COP Students Receive NCPA Scholarships

Kelsey Trahms, left, presented MPhA student members Max Thompson (Duluth), second from left, and David Vermeulen (Minneapolis), third from left with National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation Presidential Scholarships during the NCPA conference (MPhA President-Elect Jason Varin is at right in the photo). The scholarships are awarded based on leadership qualities and accomplishments with a demonstrated interest in independent pharmacy, as well as involvement in extracurricular activities. Each student received a check for $2,000 made payable to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, plus a travel stipend and complimentary registration to the NCPA conference.


MPhA Members Speak at NCPA Conference

Tim Gallagher of Sterling Specialty Pharmacy and Amanda Schroepfer of Goodrich Pharmacy were among the speakers this week at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) in Orlando, Fla.


COP Student Chapter Honored by AMCP

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy’s student chapter of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) took the second place award as 2017 Chapter of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of the AMCP student chapters on a year-to-year basis, and inspires chapters to strive for new, innovative managed care pharmacist programming.


Remembering Stephen Guttormor Hoag

Son, husband, father, grandfather, pharmacist, professor, dean, provost, golfer, curler sailor and friend. All of these are titles he wore well and left behind on October 16, 2017 when his long journey with Alzheimer’s disease ended and he became one with the universe. He was a graduate of East High School in Duluth, North Dakota State University BS in Pharmacy and Purdue University MS and PhD in Clinical Pharmacy.

Stephen’s professional life was spent in academia first as a professor then Dean (at several universities) and Provost. He possessed all the qualities that made him successful in his profession. He was humble, dedicated, generous, trustworthy, kind, loyal, honest and filled with integrity. He was a gentleman, respected by all who knew him. He relished and embraced the many successes of his family, faculty and colleagues. His accomplishments were varied and many. He lived his life well. He was never happier than when he was at the helm of his sailboat Aerandir with his family aboard.

He will be profoundly missed by his wife of 52 years, Jill, son Arthur Leverett (Amy), son Joel Stephen (partner Kay Kojima), sister Elin (Dan) Cadmus, brothers David (Julia) Hoag and Donald (Jo Ann) Hoag, grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colleges of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, Drake University, North Dakota State University, Ohio Northern University or the Alzheimer’s Association.

A celebration of his life was held on Oct. 28, 2017 in Duluth.

Pharmacy Alumni Society Honored

The University of Minnesota has honored the College of Pharmacy Alumni Society as the 2017 Outstanding Society of the Year. The award was presented on October 23.



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