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2018 TPA Award Recipients

Awards-logoDuring the TPA Summer Meeting in July 2018, 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 2018 award winners!

Julie Bennett Excellence in Innovation Award
Larry Calhoun Bowl of Hygeia Award for Outstanding Community Service in Pharmacy
McKenzie Calhoun Distinguished Young Pharmacist
Paula Hinson Shelby Rhinehart Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award
Jason Kizer
Tom C. Sharp Pharmacist of the Year
Kristopher Rhea Herman Lubin Sales Representative of the Year
Rick Sain Barbara McAndrew Herald Award
Raewyn Snodderly Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award
Tennessee Dept. of Health Partner in Excellence Award

Julie Bennett


JULIE BENNETT, PharmD, MBA, BCPS

Excellence in Innovation Award

Julie Bennett, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, of Memphis, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) with the 2018 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.

Dr. Bennett earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee Memphis in 2010. After completing her residency at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, she continued to gain experience in advanced clinical services and patient care in the Trauma ICU and Emergency Department, where she developed and implemented a continuous infusion order form and protocol, designed to decrease hypoglycemic events for inpatients. Dr. Bennett works part-time in two locations in addition to her full-time commitment to Baptist Memorial Healthcare, where she is a Clinical Staff Pharmacist in the Emergency Department. In 2018, she has been working on numerous projects to increase efficiency and patient safety in her department. Her efforts have helped transition the ER to an automated system of medication distribution, nursing bedside barcodes for patient information and instant updates, and she is working with a team to eliminate Dilauded and opioid administration.

Dr. Bennett teaches classes on Alteplase Administration and Monitoring and Rapid Sequence Intubation. She is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy.

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Larry Calhoun
LARRY CALHOUN, PharmD

Bowl of Hygeia Award for Outstanding Community Service in Pharmacy

Larry Calhoun, PharmD, of Johnson City, Tennessee, was recently awarded the 2018 Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) Bowl of Hygeia Award for his outstanding record of civic leadership and for encouraging pharmacists to take active roles in their communities. The Bowl of Hygeia is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation, the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and the American Pharmacists Association, with support from Boehringer Ingelheim.

Dr. Calhoun is Dean Emeritus and Professor at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). In 2005, he became Founding Dean of the ETSU College of Pharmacy. He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1973. For over thirty years, Dr. Calhoun has been dedicated to serving his local, regional, state, national, and international communities. His accomplishments are broad in scope, including roles as Director of Pharmacy for Johnson City Medical Center, Vice President for Mountain States Health Alliance, and President/CEO of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, as well as Wilson Pharmacy and Home Health. He is not only a career member of TPA, but he has served on the Continuing Education Committee and was elected Treasurer. In 1991, he was elected Board President for the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP).

Dr. Calhoun is committed to serving his community and his students. In 2016, he was awarded the Outstanding Dean Award by the American Pharmacists Association and the American Society of Pharmacists. In his local community, he has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee as well as the Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Calhoun volunteers at the First Christian Church and teaches weekly Bible study.

Established in 1958, the Bowl of Hygeia Award recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities and encourages pharmacists to take active roles in the affairs of their respective communities. The award is presented annually by participating state pharmacy associations, including those in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In addition to service through their local, state and national pharmacy associations, award recipients have devoted their time, talent and resources to a wide variety of causes and community service.

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McKenzie Calhoun
McKENZIE CALHOUN, PharmD

Distinguished Young Pharmacist

McKenzie Calhoun, PharmD, of Johnson City, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) as the 2018 Distinguished Young Pharmacist.

Dr. Calhoun has diligently worked to advance patient care through her contributions in practice, devotion to her patients, and her work with student pharmacists as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Gatton College of Pharmacy and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Quillen College of Medicine. Dr. Calhoun received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from East Tennessee State University in 2011 and completed residencies in Ambulatory Care as well as Pharmacy Practice. Since her residencies, she has served in a multi-disciplinary clinic, where she practices at the top of her pharmacy license. She is responsible for training the next generation of pharmacy students and practicing physicians.

Dr. Calhoun has been an integral member of the Ambulatory Committee within TPA and serves in a leadership role to expand collaborative practice opportunities for other pharmacists across the state.

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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Paula Hinson
PAULA B. HINSON, DPh

Shelby Rhinehart Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Paula Hinson of Germantown has spent her career advocating on behalf of patients and advancing pharmacy practice. She is always the first to volunteer or lend a helping hand, and her willingness to invest in new practitioners and the next generation of pharmacists is admirable to say the least. Dr. Hinson’s relentless drive to always do what is right and to make a positive impact on the world around her, even in the face of adversity, have been large determinants of her enormous impact on the pharmacy profession.

Dr. Hinson has served patients and pharmacy in a variety of different roles during her professional career. She is currently the assistant director for pharmacy services at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. She has previously worked at Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia, as well as Methodist Central Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital, both in Memphis. She has been an active leader within the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) and has served as TPA President, President of the Tennessee Society of Health-System Pharmacists (TSHP), President and member of the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy, and Secretary/Treasurer for the Memphis Area Pharmacists Society (MAPS).

Dr. Hinson and her husband, Jerry, live in Germantown, and are members of Germantown United Methodist Church.

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Jason Kizer
JASON KIZER, PharmD

Tom C. Sharp Pharmacist of the Year

Jason Kizer, PharmD, of Union City, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) as the 2018 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. He is also the Tennessee Society of Independent Pharmacists (TSIP) 2018-2019 Chair-elect on the TPA Board of Directors.

Dr. Kizer received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1997 from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy. He began his career with Kroger Pharmacies in Nashville, TN where he served in a pharmacy manager role at several locations before becoming a district manager. He worked at Reeves-Sain Drug Stores in Murfreesboro before moving to Union City to open Kizer Pharmacy in 2003. In 2010, he founded AmeriClear Rx to offer a transparent, conflict-free pharmacy benefits service as an alternative to the large, traditional PBM model. Dr. Kizer has served on the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy and the Tennessee Controlled Substance committee, and was appointed to the select committee to draft the Collaborative Practice Agreement rules for Tennessee pharmacists. Dr. Kizer is a member of TPA and TSIP, including previous leadership as Chair of TSIP.

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.

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Kris Rhea
KRISTOPHER RHEA

Herman Lubin Sales Representative of the Year

Kris Rhea of Knoxville, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) as the 2018 Herman Lubin Sales Representative of the Year for his outstanding service to pharmacists and the profession of pharmacy.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Rhea began working for McKesson Medical in 2013 in the Pharmaceutical Distribution Division, as a retail sales manager and independent pharmacy customer consultant. He has committed to providing his customers with the most current information in the industry, and he is consistently available for questions and recommendations. In addition to ensuring that his customers receive the very best in pricing, reimbursement, and resources from McKesson, Rhea has developed a clinical pharmacy network that helps promote his customers’ services to local providers. He is passionate about his customers, patient care, and pharmacy operations.

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Rick Sain
RICK SAIN, PharmD,

Barbara McAndrew Herald Award

Rick Sain, PharmD, of Murfreesboro, TN, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) with the 2018 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.

Dr. Sain’s impressive career exemplifies his drive and influence. Most recently, he was honored with Nashville Business Journal’s 2016 Health Care Hero Award in the Entrepreneur category. In 2011, he was named the Rutherford County Business Person of the Year. Dr. Sain has also received numerous awards in pharmacy throughout the State of Tennessee, including Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year early in his career and Rutherford County Pharmacist of the Year, and he was 2006-2007 President of TPA. His service to TPA, the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy Alumni Board, and the UT Foundation Board of Directors, have all helped him stay aware of current issues facing pharmacy. He continues to serve on many community boards and supports many philanthropies throughout Middle Tennessee, including the Community Foundation of Rutherford County and the Discovery Center of Murfreesboro. Dr. Sain is also a member of the Fellowship United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, where he serves as Chair of the Stewardship committee.

Dr. Sain and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Alec, who is entering his fourth year of pharmacy school at the University of Tennessee, and Ky, who is 16 years old.

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

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Raewyn Snodderly
RAEWYN T. SNODDERLY, PharmD

Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award

Raewyn Snodderly, PharmD, of LaFollette, Tennessee, was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) with the 2018 Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award for excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention.

Dr. Snodderly currently serves as the co-owner and pharmacist at Terry’s Pharmacy, with two locations in the LaFollette and Jacksboro areas of Tennessee. Dr. Snodderly earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University. She is a member of TPA and the Tennessee Society of Independent Pharmacists (TSIP) and has served as Chair and Secretary/Treasurer of TSIP. Dr. Snodderly currently serves as Vice-Chair of Tennessee PharmPAC.

In addition to her service to TPA and TSIP, Dr. Snodderly is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and has previously served on the NCPA Steering Committee for Payments. Within her community, she is recognized as a local business leader. Dr. Snodderly is a member of and has served on the Board of Directors for the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce. She was the recipient of the TPA Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2015, and received the Dean’s Award, the highest award given to student pharmacists, for her service to the pharmacy profession. Dr. Snodderly has also been active in GenerationRx Cambell County, providing education and presentations about prevention of prescription drug misuse and abuse.

The Cardinal Health Generation Rx 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 aimed in patients, youth, and other members of the community.

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Tennessee Department of Health
TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

TPA Partner in Excellence

Award accepted on behalf of TDOH by Dr. John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Commissioner of the Department

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) was recently recognized by the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA) as the 2018 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.

TDOH has worked extensively with TPA for many years to improve patient outcomes and promote a better quality of life for all patients in Tennessee. TPA’s relationship with TDOH continues to improve the lives of patients and pharmacy professionals. This collaborative partnership has increased the role of pharmacists in many areas of public health, including recent work around vaccinations, the H1N1 flu outbreak, the state’s Heart Disease Stroke Prevention Coalition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) diabetes and hypertension grant program, strategies to prevent prescription drug abuse, and other critical public health priorities.

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