Coleen M. Kayden RPh, a staff and consultant pharmacist for Williams Apothecary, was named the 56th recipient of the Annual Alumni Award from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) at University of the Sciences during the reunion ceremony on Sept. 25, 2010. It is the school’s highest alumni recognition, given for outstanding contributions to the profession, science, and mankind.
Kayden graduated from PCP in 1978. Her responsibilities at Williams Apothecary include consultant work for several long-term care facilities in Lancaster County as well as Hospice of Lancaster County. She is a past president of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, past chairperson of the Lancaster Community Health Plan Board of Directors, and a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the National Community Pharmacists’ Association. Kayden has been involved in presentations on the local, state and national level concerning pain management, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
She has chaired various committees and task forces for the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association and currently serves as chair of the Education Foundation. In 2005, she was appointed to the board of St. Joseph’s Health Ministries in Lancaster, which she currently chairs. She is a founding Board Member of Linking Pharmacists to Improved Health Outcomes (LPIHO) and serves as liaison to the Lancaster County Business Group on Health (LCBGH) and the BRiDGE Project for Patient Self-Management (PSM) in Diabetes. Kayden also serves as co-chair of the Pain and Palliative Care Partnership, devoted to improving pain management in long-term care facilities in Lancaster County and beyond.
Currently, Kayden serves on the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors; the Steering Committee for the Pennsylvania Cancer Pain Initiative, the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Advisory Committee, the Pennsylvania Medical Society Patient Safety Forum, and in 2009, she was appointed to the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative (PARRI) Task Force. Kayden served on the Steering Committee for Project Access Lancaster County (PALCO). She is a past recipient of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists’ Association Pharmacist of the Year and the 2008 Bowl of Hygeia Award winner for outstanding community service.