Pharmacy Receives Best Practices Award

Contact: Louise DuPont

 

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"It is an honor to have this program recognized by a national organization committed to assuring quality patient care outcomes. The support of hospital administration has been critical in supporting this team which is now viewed as a Best Practice for other hospitals to emulate."

-- John Armitstead,
director,
UK Hospital pharmacy

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2004) -- The Department of Pharmacy Services of the University of Kentucky Hospital and the Division of Infectious Diseases of the UK College of Medicine will be honored at the 39th American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting on Dec. 6. ASHP will honor pharmacists Craig Martin, Robert Rapp, and John Armitstead and infectious disease physicians Dr. Martin Evans and Dr. Ardis Hoven for their collaborative work on the Antimicrobial Management Program at UK Hospital.

UK Hospital pharmacy director John Armitstead said, "The collaborative efforts of physicians and pharmacists on the Antimicrobial Management Team have truly been valuable to health care leadership and advancement. The Antimicrobial Management Team has demonstrated cost-effective performance for anti-microbial use and assured that these drugs remain effective for patients yet to be treated. It is an honor to have this program recognized by a national organization committed to assuring quality patient care outcomes. The support of hospital administration has been critical in supporting this team which is now viewed as a Best Practice for other hospitals to emulate."

The ASHP Best Practices Award in Health-System Pharmacy is an annual recognition program developed and awarded by ASHP in cooperation with Pfizer Inc. The award program recognizes outstanding practitioners in health-system pharmacy who have successfully implemented innovative systems that improve the quality of patient care and demonstrate best practices in health-system pharmacy.


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