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Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Honors USciences Faculty and Alumni

By Victoria Madonna

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) recently awarded assistant professor of clinical pharmacy Daniel Ventricelli, MPH, PharmD, with the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions’ Award, Thomas Franko Pharm’11 with the Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies Distinguished Young Pharmacist award, and PJ Ortman P’77, RPh, with the George S. Maggio Memorial Award. The awards were presented during PPA’s 2017 Annual Conference held at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center on September 23, 2017 in Pocono Manor, PA. 

The Cardinal Health Generation Rx Award honors a pharmacist who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to raising awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse among the general public and the pharmacy community. It is intended to encourage educational prevention efforts aimed at patients, youth and other members of the community. 

Daniel Ventricelli, MPH, PharmD

Daniel Ventricelli, MPH, PharmD, the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions’ Award winner.

Dr. Ventricelli graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 and went on to complete a PGY1 community practice residency with West Virginia University and Kroger. It was during this residency that he realized his passion for substance abuse—leading to the completion of a two-year fellowship at East Tennessee State University with a focus in substance abuse. Dr. Ventricelli is currently a faculty member in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at USciences. 

He has also spent his time educating students and peers on the dangers of substance abuse. He serves as an instructor in a pharmacy elective course, therapeutics of substance abuse and adiction, which, due to its popularity may be transformed into a required course for pharmacy students and other health professions across the University. In his role of co-advisor to the Generation Rx student organization, he oversaw the design and implementation of 19 outreach events throughout the year, including student-led visits to community pharmacies in the areas with the highest rates of drug overdose to provide pharmacists with information on the statewide naloxone standing order. 

Thomas Franko Pharm’11

Thomas Franko Pharm’11, the Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies Distinguished Young Pharmacist award winner. 

The Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies Distinguished Young Pharmacist award recognizes new pharmacists for their dedication to and participation in the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, commitment to the practice of pharmacy and involvement in community activities.

Dr. Franko, an assistant professor in Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, currently serves as the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association’s membership committee chair and has also served on the naloxone sub-committee. Dr. Franko helped develop the statewide accepted dispensing guidelines, and participates on the “Know Pain, No Gain” student contest committee that is held at the mid-year conference. Dr. Franko is the northeast director on the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association board of directors and has provided continuing education programs for conference attendees on pain management and related issues.

The George S. Maggio Memorial Award is presented to the pharmacist who has contributed the most to pharmacy in Pennsylvania through his/her work in the area of third party relations, government relations, and advocacy activity. 

PJ Ortman P’77, RPh

PJ Ortman P’77, RPh, the George S. Maggio Memorial Award winner.

Following his 1977 graduation from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Ortman earned his master’s in business administration in health care in 2001. He has a diverse background in the profession, including military and civil service, hospital, managed care, the pharmaceutical industry, and community practice. 

He served as the PPA central region director, and currently serves on the Foundation board of directors and is a very active member of the Lancaster County Pharmacists Association. This diverse background and knowledge has given him a unique perspective on the challenges facing the pharmacy profession today. This same perspective propelled him to become involved in advocacy on behalf of pharmacists locally and on the state level. He has worked tirelessly to establish and maintain contact with state and federal legislators about pharmacy-related legislation and has been an active participant in Legislative Day. He has made innumerable phone calls and visits to State Representatives from Lancaster County and has testified on behalf of PPA in multiple hearings in Harrisburg. 

Founded in 1878, the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association is a professional membership organization of more than 2,300 pharmacists and pharmacy students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, representing almost all facets of pharmacy practice. As the leading voice of pharmacy in Pennsylvania, it promotes the profession through advocacy, education, and communication to enhance patient care and public health. 

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