Highlights from APhA 2017

Written by Estelle Sherrod
Published on April 25, 2017

Honorary membership in the American Pharmacists Association is conferred by the APhA Board of Trustees upon individuals, either within the profession of pharmacy or outside of it, whose activities and achievements have had a significant impact on public health, the profession, and 1ts practitioners.

Eileen Gans, BSN, was selected in recognition of her service and consistent support of the pharmacy profession and APhA.   From her husband John Gans’ tenure as executive vice president and CEO of APhA through today, Gans has been a powerful voice or pharmacy profession.  She is a regular participant in APhA activities, often traveling in order to participate.  An avid supporter of her husband’s role in APhAZ, Gans has been his sounding board, champion and coach.  Not unlike those in the pharmacy profession, Gans too has integrated c9ontinuous service into her daily life through active volunteering at her church, her children’s schools, and service to her local community.

Mary Ann Kliethermes, 85, PharmD, is vice chair for research in the department of pharmacy practice at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. Kliethermes' clinical work has helped advance the patient-centered medical home and the pharmacist's role within it while emphasizing the quality of the patient care provided. She has laid the groundwork for pharmacists' inclusion in numerous academic team-based clinics. Kliethermes has edited textbooks and presented at state and national venues on topics including MTM,  quality measurement, PCMH, ambulatory care, and billing for pharmacy services. Her many contributions to APhA include chairing the PCMH/ACO SIG and representing APhA in the pharmacy quality alliance. She is an active participant and leader in her state pharmacy association and other national professional organizations.

Mary Ann Kliethermes, PharmD, was selected in recognition of her efforts to advance the pharmacy profession and quality of care. Kliethermes is vice chair for research in the department of pharmacy practice at Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy. Her clinical work has helped advance the patient-centered medical home and the pharmacist's role within it while emphasizing the quality of the patient care provided. She has laid the groundwork for pharma­cists' inclusion in numerous academic team-based clinics. Kliethermes has edited textbooks and presented at state and national venues on topics including MTM, quality measurement, PCMH, ambulatory care, and billing for pharmacy services. Her many contributions to APhA include chairing the PCMH/ACO SIG and representing APhA in the pharmacy quality alliance. She is an active participant and leader in her state pharmacy associa­tion and other national professional organizations

The Remington Honor Medal, named for eminent community pharmacist manufacturer, and educator Joseph P. Remington (1847-1918), was established in 1918 to recognize distinguished service on behalf of American pharmacy during the preceding years, culminating in the past year, or during a long period of outstanding activity or fruitful achievement

Daniel Hussar, BSPharm, MS, PhD, was selected in recognition of his teaching, leadership, scholarly accomplishments, and advocacy/activism. Hussar is an authority on new medications and has developed the New Drug Comparison Rating system, in which he compares new drugs with older medications. His monthly newsletter, The Pharmacist Activist, includes a review of a new drug··and an editorial. As the Remington Professor of Pharmacy and former dean at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences, Hussar puts the interests of his students first, and his recognitions include an AACP Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award. Hussar is a former member of APhA's Board of Trustees and a past Honorary President. In addition to his activism for the profession, he is willing to raise the tough questions and he is a strong advocate for patient safety initiatives and optimum drug therapy. Hussar and his wife Suzanne have been married for 49 years and have been blessed with three sons and their wives and nine grandchildren.

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