The Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) honors those who have contributed to the profession of Pharmacy in Kansas during the last year. These awards were presented at the KPhA Awards Banquet on Sept. 29, 2018.
Bowl of Hygeia Award
Brian Caswell, owner, Wolker Drug, Baxter Springs, KS, was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia Award at a ceremony during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. Caswell has exhibited and exceeded the qualifications for this award. He has been a sponsor of baseball and softball teams in Baxter Springs & Riverton. He is very active with his church, where he participates in the FCC Day of Service and is an Elder and Vice Chairman. He is a member of the Lion's Club and the Kiwanis Club. He is a past president and past board member of KPhA and is also a Kansas Pharmacy Foundation board member. He stepped in after a tornado tore through Joplin, MO and worked with the State BOP to help deliver medications to residents who had lost everything. He also offers a free children’s vitamin program for kids in Baxter Springs, Galena, and Cherryvale. The “Bowl of Hygeia” is the most widely recognized international symbol of pharmacy and derives from Greek mythology. The award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations.
KPhA Pharmacist of the Year
Carol “Dee” Swafford, Dillons pharmacist, Hutchinson, KS, was named the Kansas Pharmacists Association’s (KPhA) Pharmacist of the Year at a ceremony during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. Swafford graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in 1977 with her RPh Degree. Over the years she has worked for several independent pharmacies including Osco and Dillons, where she was the first female pharmacy manager. She and her husband Kim owned Swafford Pharmacy in Concordia, Kansas for several years. She enjoys serving the community and was on the USD 309 School Board from 1993 to 2004 and has been active in scouting and her church. She stepped down from her PIC position at Dillons in 2017 in order to return to part time. This allows her time to enjoy her grandchildren, be a presenter for the Stepping On Program with the local health department, spend time with the adopted stray cats who make their home with her family, and singing with Hutchinson Sweet Adeline’s.
Board of Directors Award
Katie Foster, Pharmacy Clinical Manager and PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Director, Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Topeka KS, received the Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) Board of Directors Award during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. The award is given in recognition of an individual who has provided exemplary service for one or more years to the Kansas Pharmacists Association. Outside of her regular job, Katie is incredibly involved with several efforts that are of great importance to KPhA. She is a member of the Kansas Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Kansas Collaborative Practice Committee, Kansas Committee of Impaired Pharmacy Practice, Kansas Drug Utilization Review Board, and the KPhA Transitions of Care Task Force. Katie has helped to define what is possible for pharmacists to achieve within a health system setting in Kansas.
NCPA Leadership Award
Amanda Applegate is the pharmacy clinical services coordinator for Balls Food Stores in Kansas City, KS., was awarded the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Leadership Award at a ceremony during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. Applegate currently is serving as the KPhA Board President-Elect and will be KPhA President in 2019. She manages immunizations, MTM, and biometric screenings for the company. She also works with patients with diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease through the “Start Now” disease management program. She completed a Community Practice Residency with Balls and the University of Kansas and has earned a Board Certification in Ambulatory Care.
Distinguished Young Pharmacists Award
Matt Morrison, owner of Gibson Pharmacy in Dodge City, KS, was named the Kansas Pharmacists Association’s (KPhA) Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award at a ceremony during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. Matt has proven to be innovative in his pharmacy practice. He has also dedicated a large amount of his time to be involved in advocacy activities with NCPA nationally and with KPhA at the state level. He has participated in numerous conversations, with both United States Congressmen and Kansas Legislators, advocating for the profession.
Sunflower Health Plan Medication Therapy Management Champion Award
Emily Rohling, staff pharmacist at Freeman Pharmacy, Conway Springs, KS, received the Sunflower Health Plan Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Champion Award at a ceremony during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. This is the fourth year that Sunflower Health Plan has sponsored the award. Rohling, completed MTM services at nine Kansas pharmacies in the past year and is a top pharmacist in identifying and addressing medication issues. She has demonstrated a commitment to patient health through her services such as outreaching to physicians on gaps in therapy and initiating medication changes to prevent adverse events.
Excellence in Innovation Award
Sandie (Durflinger) Kueker, owner of Hesston Pharmacy in Hesston, KS, was presented with the Kansas Pharmacists Association’s (KPhA) Excellence in Innovation Award during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. Kueker developed an innovative pharmacy practice and has been successful in contracting for better patient services with her local hospital, long-term care providers and clinics. She truly knows each of the people that come in her pharmacy's doors and is willing to do whatever she can do to provide them better services that will provide the patient with better health and a better life. She is a luminary within the CPESN-Kansas organization that is designed to bring enhanced services to Kansas pharmacy patients. Her innovative practice is greatly advancing the practice of pharmacy and improving patient care in her community.
Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award
Adam Henn received the Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award at a ceremony during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. He served on the Kansas Pharmacists Recovery Network (KsPRN)/Committee on Impaired Pharmacy Practice for four years. He attended the APhA-ASP Institute on Alcoholism & Drug Dependencies. He prepared a presentation for the Opioid Epidemic at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO where the attendees consisted of Saint Luke's pharmacists, residents and APPE students. Adam has been a leader at the KU School of Pharmacy and has helped spread the word about the KsPRN program and the awareness of drug and alcohol addiction.
Champion of Pharmacy Award
Dr. Roger Marshall, Congressman for Kansas' Big 1st District, received the Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) Champion of Pharmacy Award at a ceremony during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. The Champion of Pharmacy Award was established in 2006 by the KPhA Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) to recognize and honor individuals in the political arena who have over the course of their careers, displayed dedication to the profession of pharmacy in their actions, whether it is executive, legislative or judicial. In the current Congress Dr. Marshall is a cosponsor of bills that restrict DIR fees (HR 1038), provide for generic drug price transparency (HR 1316), bestow pharmacists with provider status in the social security act (HR 592), and protect the pharmacist ability to compound in accordance with state law (HR 2871).
Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) Board Member of the Year
Kristen Powell, site manager, Genoa Healthcare, Family Service and Guidance Center, Topeka, was named the Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) Board Member of the Year during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. The Board Member of the Year award is selected by the KPhA Executive Committee based on various criteria including attendance and participation at meetings, efforts towards membership recruitment and enthusiasm. KPhA Board Members are instrumental in helping the association ensure good communication with members. The Academy Chairs serve as our authorities on their area of practice and they keep their academy members informed and energized.
Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) Technician of the Year
Micah Heikes, Pharmacy Technician at Cheney Pharmacy in Cheney, KS, received the innaugural KPhA Outstanding Pharmacy Technician of the year Award at a ceremony during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. The award recognizes a pharmacy technician who exemplifies excellence in the performance of their duties, service to the community, and service to the profession. Micah covers all aspects of pharmacy as he has been known to do multiple tasks for several of the stores for pharmacy owner Merlin McFarland. He covers everything in the store including compounding, pharmacy technician work, clerking, customer service, information technology, and handyman work. He does almost anything he can to keep the pharmacy going on a day to day basis and makes sure everything runs smoothly.
Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) President's Award
Emily Prohaska, clinical services coordinator with Balls Food Stores in Kansas City and Kansas, site preceptor for the PGY1 Community-Based Pharmacy residency program based at Hen House Pharmacy in Olathe, received the Kansas Pharmacists Association (KPhA) President’s Award at a ceremony during the 138th KPhA Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Overland Park, KS. The KPhA President’s Award is given to a member who devotes over a year of their time and talents to the Association. The recipient provides leadership and vision for KPhA. Prohaska is the outgoing KPhA president and will be the KPhA immediate-past president in 2019. She is the currently the chair of the KPhA Professional Affairs committee, as well as a member of the education and government affairs committees. Additionally, she is currently serving as a luminary for the Kansas Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network. She is a board-certified ambulatory care pharmacist, board certified geriatric pharmacist, and has also completed the APhA certificate course in pharmacogenomics.