Raehl to Receive 2004 Parker Award

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Along with her colleague, C.A. Bond, Raehl is internationally known for health services research focused on hospital-affiliated clinical pharmacy services. Their 17-year study of more than 1,000 hospitals demonstrates the associations of clinical pharmacists with reduced mortality rates, reduced total cost of care, reduced length of stay, reduced drugs costs, and reduced medication errors.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2004) -- Cynthia Raehl, founding chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy, has been selected to receive the 2004 Paul F. Parker Award from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. The award will be presented Dec. 7, during the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

The honor is presented annually to a past resident of the UK Pharmacy Residency Program or to an individual associated with the success of the program who has displayed sustained contribution to the profession in practice, teaching or research. It also honors Paul F. Parker, the force behind establishing and developing one of the finest pharmacy residency programs in the country at UK.

“Dr. Parker’s philosophy and vision were not just words, they were action plans,” said Raehl. “He demanded outcomes before it was fashionable to speak of deliverables or return on investment.” She said that Parker believed that clinical pharmacy education must occur within the framework of meaningful pharmaceutical services, therefore university hospitals should lead the development and justification of clinical pharmacy services.

“Clinical pharmacy education at Kentucky was not an ‘added on’ activity – it was Kentucky,” Raehl said. “As residents, we learned about meaningful pharmacy services by providing them, and this heritage continues today, led by former Parker residents in every facet of pharmacy practice and education.”

Raehl received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the UK College of Pharmacy and completed her residency training at the UK Chandler Medical Center under the direction of Paul F. Parker.

Raehl has served as department chair since 1996 at Texas Tech University, the nation’s first new publicly funded school of pharmacy in more than 50 years. As chair and professor, she is responsible for the design, development and maturation of a department with 54 full-time faculty, 25 postdoctoral pharmacy residents, and 350 adjunct faculty. The department includes managed health care and correctional health care operations, patient care services, the continuing education office, drug information center, and a regional poison center. Raehl also has recently assumed responsibility for further developing the clinical sciences and research capability of the department.

Prior to moving to Texas in 1996, Raehl was a professor at the University of Wisconsin. At Wisconsin, she served as chair of the Division of Pharmacy Practice and coordinated the Ambulatory Arrhythmia Clinic at the Madison Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Raehl is noted for her expertise in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy, geriatrics and health systems research and is the author of more than 150 publications. She serves on the FDA Advisory Committee for Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs, and also is currently serving on the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Expert Committee on Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs 2000-2005 and is a consultant to the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation.

Along with her colleague, C.A. Bond, Raehl is internationally known for health services research focused on hospital-affiliated clinical pharmacy services. Their 17-year study of more than 1,000 hospitals demonstrates the associations of clinical pharmacists with reduced mortality rates, reduced total cost of care, reduced length of stay, reduced drugs costs, and reduced medication errors. Their data was the catalyst to fundamental change in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service structure for pharmacy services and is cited in the U.S. Congressional debate on Medicare reform.

Raehl has been involved with many professional organizations including serving as president of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). She has received the ASHP Research and Education Foundation Award five times and has received three Teacher of the Year Awards, as well as the National Award of Merit from the Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and been named Pharmacist of the Year by the Wisconsin Society of Hospital Pharmacists. She is a lifetime honorary member of the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists and is a Fellow of both ASHP and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.


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