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2017 TPA Award Recipients

Awards-logoDuring the TPA Summer Meeting in July 2017, the following TPA Award Recipients were honored for their excellence and dedication. To these extraordinary individuals— Congratulations! We appreciate your outstanding contributions to patients and the profession!

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Please click on the names below to learn more about TPA’s 2017 award winners!

Philip J. Baker Excellence in Innovation Award
Baeteena M. Black Shelby Rhinehart Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award
Roger L. Davis Barbara McAndrew Herald Award
Robert “Ned” Giles, Jr. Tom C. Sharp Pharmacist of the Year
Leslie A. Hamilton Distinguished Young Pharmacist
Matt Kilgore Herman Lubin Sales Representative of the Year
Natalie Tate Cardinal Health GenerationRx Champions Award
Timothy L. “Tim” Tucker Bowl of Hygeia Award for Outstanding Community Service in Pharmacy
Tennessee Center for Patient Safety Partner in Excellence Award

Philip Baker


PHILIP J. BAKER, PharmD

Excellence in Innovation Award

Philip J. Baker, PharmD, of Millington, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) with the 2017 TPA Excellence in Innovation Award. This national award, coordinated by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, is given annually to a pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in practice, resulting in improved patient care and advancement of the profession of pharmacy.

In 2015, Dr. Baker became the founder and owner of Good Shepherd Pharmacy in Memphis, Tennessee.  He initiated a service to low-income and uninsured patients in the Memphis area by providing free or at-cost prescriptions. In the first 19 months, Good Shepherd Pharmacy dispensed over $3.3 million in donated medications to low-income patients and saved the Metro area health care system another $3 million in avoided health care costs. Dr. Baker also worked with the State of Tennessee to develop a prescription reclamation program that would allow unused medication donated by hospitals to be dispensed to low-income patients.

Dr. Baker and his wife, Mackenzie, have three children and are members of Grace Church in Uptown Memphis. He is chairman of the board for CharityPharmacy.org, a national network of Charitable Pharmacies and their supporters.

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Baeteena Black
BAETEENA M. BLACK, DPh

Shelby Rhinehart Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award

Baeteena M. Black, DPh, of Franklin, TN, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) with the 2017 Shelby Rhinehart Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her work and support of the pharmacy profession.

This award, named in honor of the late pharmacist, legislator, and patient advocate, Dr. Shelby Rhinehart, who served 36 years in the Tennessee General Assembly, recognizes an individual who has devoted his or her life to supporting the pharmacy profession through legislative and service efforts.

Dr. Black embodies the spirit of this award, having served patients and pharmacy for decades and dedicating her career to patient advocacy and advancement of the pharmacy profession. Dr. Black began her career as a community pharmacist in practice at Bartlett Pharmacy, an independently owned community pharmacy. She also practiced in long-term care at Shelby County Health Care Center before joining the pharmaceutical industry at Searle. After leaving  Searle, she served for more than 20 years as the Executive Director for the Tennessee Pharmacists Association until her retirement in December of 2014. After her retirement, Dr. Black has continued to serve as the Program Director for the Tennessee Pharmacists Recovery Network (TPRN).

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Roger Davis
ROGER L. DAVIS, PharmD

Barbara McAndrew Herald Award

Roger L. Davis, PharmD, of Nashville, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) with the 2017 Barbara McAndrew Herald Award for his work to actively promote the profession of pharmacy and the ideals of pharmacist-provided care to student pharmacists, the public, the business community, government, and other health care providers.

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Davis served as the associate executive director of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association and served concurrently on the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy faculty. In these positions, he served as a member of several state public health advisory boards, as well as the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee of the State of Tennessee Medicaid program. He also served for over a decade as a member of the Board of Directors and President of Pharmaceutical Care Innovations Inc.

Dr. Davis was named the founding Dean for the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in 2007 and served on the Lipscomb University Board of Trustees for seven years prior to being appointed Dean. Dr. Davis led the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy successfully through achieving full accreditation status with the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education. Most importantly, aside from his many professional achievements academically and on behalf of TPA, Dr. Davis is a devoted husband, father, mentor, and friend to all.

The Barbara McAndrew Herald Award is supported by Germantown pharmacist Paula Bailey Hinson and sponsored by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association.

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Ned Giles
ROBERT “NED” GILES, Jr., PharmD

Tom C. Sharp Pharmacist of the Year

In 1965, following the death of Tom C. Sharp, Sr., who had served as Executive Director of TPA for 30 years, the Pharmacist of the Year Award was presented in his honor and has since borne his name. In 2001, the Award was re-named to honor the service of Tom C. Sharp, Jr., who succeeded his father as TPA Executive Director and served 30 years, as well.

Robert “Ned” Giles, Jr., PharmD, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) as the 2017 Tom C. Sharp Pharmacist of the Year for his distinguished work in the profession of pharmacy and excellence in the areas of teaching, patient care, leadership, service delivery and advocacy for the profession.

Sponsored by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association, the Tom C. Sharp Pharmacist of the Year Award is named in honor of Tom C. Sharp, Sr., who served as TPA’s chief executive officer for 30 years, and his son, Tom C. Sharp, Jr., who served as TPA’s chief executive officer for 30 years following his father’s tenure.

Dr. Giles graduated from the University of Chattanooga, the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and received his doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1974. Dr. Giles joined the faculty of the UT College of Pharmacy and initiated clinical pharmacy programs at Chattanooga’s new VA Outpatient Clinic.  He later served as laboratory and pharmacy director at HCA Valley Hospital and served as a consultant for HCA Corporate.

He was the first full-time pharmacist hired by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST). Among his many roles with BCBST, he was responsible for managing the newly formed TennCare program’s pharmacy benefit and developed multiple drug formularies and clinical pharmacy programs for BCBST’s commercial and Medicare business. As a clinical pharmacist and manager of formularies at BCBST, Dr. Giles worked diligently to ensure that patients maintained access to the most appropriate therapeutic options, while balancing financial constraints related to medication selection and management.

For many years, he has served as a general pharmaceutical consultant on many topics and has been an adjunct professor of pharmacy for UT and an instructor of nursing students. During his 40+ years in practice, Dr. Giles earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues and peers. First and foremost, he remained consistent as a strong advocate for patients.

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Leslie Hamilton
LESLIE A. HAMILTON, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP

Distinguished Young Pharmacist

Leslie A. Hamilton, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) as the 2017 Distinguished Young Pharmacist.

Dr. Hamilton has diligently worked to advance patient care through her contributions in practice, devotion to her patients, and her work with student pharmacists as an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy. Dr. Hamilton received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy in 2007. Since her graduation, Dr. Hamilton has served as a mentor, resource, and friend to students, her distinct qualities making her an influential and valuable faculty member. She has previously been recognized with numerous University awards, including Most Influential Professor and Preceptor of the Year.

The Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award was created in 1987 by Pharmacists Mutual Companies to encourage newer pharmacists to become involved in association activities and civic projects, and to recognize one such pharmacist in each state for individual excellence and outstanding contributions.

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Matt Kilgore
MATT KILGORE

Herman Lubin Sales Representative of the Year

Matt Kilgore, Kingsport, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) as the 2017 Herman Lubin Sales Representative of the Year, for his outstanding service to pharmacists and the profession of pharmacy.

A graduate of Carson-Newman University in 1996, Kilgore began working for Novo Nordisk in 2007 as a diabetes care specialist. Kilgore’s commitment to patient care has helped promote patient care and improved overall health outcomes in the Tri-City area.  He is passionate about his customers, patient care, and pharmacy operations.

Kilgore and his wife, Allyson, live in Kingsport with their sons, Taylor and Tanner. They are active members at the First Baptist Church in Kingsport. Kilgore was instrumental in the organization of youth baseball (Tribe Baseball) and has coached competitive baseball teams since 2012. He served on the advisory committee for Kingsport Parks and Recreation in 2010-2012.

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Natalie Tate
NATALIE TATE, BCPS, MBA, PharmD

Cardinal Health GenerationRx Champions Award

Natalie Tate, BCPS, MBA, PharmD, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) with the 2017 Cardinal Health GenerationRx Champions Award. Dr. Tate is the Vice President of Pharmacy Management for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST), overseeing and coordinating BCBST pharmacy management programs and teams.

Dr. Tate works with providers across the state to help members achieve better health outcomes. She, along with a team of pharmacists, has developed an innovative approach using community engagement and education to heighten public awareness and increase patient resources to combat prescription drug misuse and abuse in Tennessee. This grassroots campaign, referred to as “Count it! Lock it! Drop it!”, utilizes an innovative approach through a strategic partnership with the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition and serves to educate the public and citizens about proper storage and disposal of prescription medication. This campaign is expanding statewide and targets counties which have been identified as high-risk area for prescription drug abuse.

The Cardinal Health GenerationRx Champions Award annually recognizes a pharmacist who has demonstrated excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention. The award is intended to recognize outstanding efforts within the pharmacy community to raise awareness of this serious public health problem. It is also intended to encourage educational prevention efforts for patients, youth, and other members of the community.

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Tim Tucker
TIMOTHY L. “TIM” TUCKER

Bowl of Hygeia Award for Outstanding Community Service in Pharmacy

Timothy L. “Tim” Tucker, PharmD, FAPhA, of Huntingdon, Tennessee, was was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) with the 2017 Bowl of Hygeia Award for Outstanding Community Service in Pharmacy. Dr. Tucker is owner of City Drug Company in Huntingdon, Tennessee.

Dr. Tucker has a sustained record of community service contributing to the progress of the community where he grew up and where he has practiced pharmacy in his family’s pharmacy, City Drug Company, for over 28 years. He has not only served his community through his pharmacy and patient outreach, but also through serving his state and national pharmacy organizations, mentoring student pharmacists, serving his church, and being an outstanding businessman in his community. His practice has focused on bringing personalized pharmacist care services to all patients. He has worked to develop and support high patient care standards and supported all staff members in getting advanced training to enable them to better serve the pharmacy’s patients. He was one of the first pharmacists, if not the very first, to be recognized by Medicare as a pharmacist immunizer.

One of pharmacy’s most prestigious awards, the Bowl of Hygeia Award for Outstanding Community Service in Pharmacy is presented annually by participating pharmacy associations in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the ten Canadian provinces.  Tim Tucker epitomizes the principles of community service for which the award was developed.

The Bowl of Hygeia Award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and supported by Boehringer Ingelheim.

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Jackie Moreland
TENNESSEE CENTER FOR PATIENT SAFETY

Partner in Excellence Award

Award Accepted by Jackie Moreland, RN, BSN, MS, Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist

The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety (TCPS), an organization of the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA), was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) as the 2017 TPA Partner in Excellence.

The TPA Partner in Excellence award provides visible recognition to an organization, association, or other entity that has worked closely with TPA to improve patient outcomes, promote patient safety, increase the quality of care within the larger healthcare system, and elevate the standards for pharmacist-provided patient care. Accepting this award on behalf of TCPS was Jackie Moreland, RN, BSN, MS, Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist.

The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety has worked hand-in-hand with TPA for the past several years to build a pharmacist coalition which has elevated the standard for patient safety within Tennessee hospitals. Through this effort, hospitals in Tennessee have implemented important reporting mechanisms and established quality and safety measures to protect patients and promote optimal care. TCPS has also created a website containing valuable information and best practice resources and has been nationally recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

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