Pinnacle Awards Past Recipients

Pinnacle Awards Past Recipients

Past Recipients

Individual Career Achievement

2022 - Brian L. Erstad, PharmD, MCCM, FCCP, FASHP, BCPS
Professor & Head of Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
University of Arizona

2021 - Jeanine P. Abrons, PharmD, MS, FAPhA
Co-Director UI Mobile Clinics, Director of International Student Pharmacist Activities
University of Iowa

2020 – David Nau RPh, PhD, FAPhA
Founding President of Pharmacy Quality Solutions
Ada, OH

2019 – Rosemary Gibson, MS
Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center
Arlington, VA

2018 – Lisa Tonrey, MHA, R.Ph., Ph.C, FAPhA, CAPT, USPHS (retired)
SRG Pharmacist/ Technical Advisor, USAID/ Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
Tucson, AZ

2017 – John Sykora, BSPharm, MBA
Owner of Abrams & Clark Pharmacy
Long Beach, CA

2016 – James M. Hoffman, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP
Chief Patient Safety Officer & Associate Member, Pharmacuetical Sciences, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Memphis, TN

2015 – Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, FAPhA
Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Baltimore, MD

2014 – Hae Mi Choe, PharmD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy, University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
Director of Ambulatory Care Transformation, University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI

2013 – Steven W. Chen, PharmD, FASHP, FCSHP
Associate Professor and Hygeia Centennial Chair in Clinical Pharmacy, USC School of Pharmacy
Los Angeles, CA

2012 – Jeff Jellin, PharmD
President, Therapeutic Research Center
Stockon, CA

2011 – Melvin F. Baron, PharmD, MPA, FACA, FCPHA, FAPhA
Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, USC School of Pharmacy
Los Angeles, CA

2010 – Dorothy Smith, PharmD
President and CEO, Consumer Health Information Corporation
McLean, VA

2009 – Sylester Flowers, RPh
Founder and Chairman of the Board, Ramsell Holding Corporation
Oakland, CA

2008 – Daniel E. Buffington, Pharm.D., MBA
President and CEO, Clinical Pharmacology Services (CPS), Inc.
Tampa, FL

2007 – Dennis K. Helling, Pharm.D., DSc, FCCP, FASHP
Executive Director, Pharmacy Operations and Therapeutics, Kaiser Permanente– Colorado Region
Clinical Professor, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy
Denver, CO

2006 – Henry I. Bussey Jr., Pharm.D.
Professor, College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin
Co-Founder and Senior Editor, ClotCare Online Resource
San Antonio, TX

2005 – Diane Cousins, R.Ph.,
Vice President, Center for the Advancement of Patient Safety
U.S. Pharmacopeia
Rockville, MD

2004 – Bonnie Svarstad, Ph.D.
William S. Apple Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Madison, WI

2003 – Eleanor Vogt, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Patient Safety, Institute for the Advancement of Community Pharmacy
Alexandria, VA

2002 – Andy Stergachis, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Affiliate Professor of Pharmacy & Epidemiology, University of Washington
Seattle, WA

2001 – Lucian L. Leape, M.D.
Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Harvard University School of Public Health

2000 – James W. Cooper, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences, The University of Georgia

1999 – Susan Skledar, R.Ph., M.P.H.
Assistant Director, Drug Use and Disease State Management Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

1998 – John Grabenstein, R.Ph., Ph.D.
Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Service Corps, United States Army


Group Practice, Health System, Corporation

2022 - Houston Methodist

Houston, TX

2021 - University of Michigan Health

Ann Arbor, MI

2020 – OhioHealth
Colombus, OH

2019 – Premise Health
Brentwood, TN

2018 – Balls Food Stores
Kansas City, KS

2017 – HealthPartners
Bloomington, MN

2016 – Kelley-Ross Pharmacy Group
Seattle, WA

2015 – The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and Division of General Internal Medicine
Columbus, OH

2014 – The Kroger Company
Cincinnati, OH

2013 – Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS)
Spokane, WA

2012 – The Walgreen Company Immunization Services
Deerfield, Illinois

2011 – The Medication Assistance Program at the Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, OH

2010 – Maryland P3 Program
Baltimore, MD

2009 – Novant Health
Winston-Salem, NC

2008 – Ukrop’s Pharmacy Immunization Program
Richmond, VA

2007– University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy Group
Los Angeles, CA

2006 – Kerr Drug, Inc. Clinical Services (KDICS)
Raleigh, NC

2005 – University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy
Lexington, KY

2004 – Fairview Pharmacy Services/University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
Minneapolis, MN

2003 – Kaiser Permanente Colorado Region Pharmacy Department
Aurora, CO

2002 – Department of Veterans Affairs Bar Code Medication Administration Project
Washington, DC

2001 – Eckerd PatientCARE™ Network
Tampa, FL

2000 – Coastal Medical, Inc.
Providence, RI

1999 – University of Pennsylvania Health System
Philadelphia, PA

1998 – Indian Health Service
Washington, DC


Voluntary Health Agency, Organization, Association

2022 - Daily Planet Health Services
Richmond, VA

2021 - University of Pittsburgh, in collaboration with Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Care Network, and Value Drug

2020 – ONU HealthWise

Ada, OH

2019 – Norton Sound Health Corporation

Nome, AK

2018 – Federal Bureau of Prisons
Washington, DC

2017 – Community Pharmacy Foundation
Chicago, IL

2016 – United States Department of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD

2015 – Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy – Pharmacy Service Centers and Academic Partners Program
Pittsburgh, PA

2014 – El Rio Community Health Center
Tucson, AZ

2013 – The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy's Medication Management Center (MMC)
Tucson, AZ

2012 – The University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, the Connecticut Pharmacists Association and the Connecticut Department of Social Services 
Storrs, Connecticut

2011 – The Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative (PSPC)
Rockville, MD

2010 – Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA)
Fairfax Station, VA

2009 – El Rio Community Health Center
Tucson, AZ

2008 – National Diabetes Education Program
Washington, DC

2007– National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP)
Rockville, MD

2006 –
Based on submissions by SureScripts, Alexandria, VA, and Informed Decisions LLC
Tampa, FL

2005 – National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Washington, DC

2004 – US Air Force Pharmacy/Patrick Air Force Base Optimizing the Medication Dispensing
Process to Improve Safety, Efficiency and Outcomes
Washington, DC, and Patrick Air Force Base, FL

2003 – Hope Hospice and Palliative Care
Fort Myers, FL

2002 – City of Asheville, NC: The Asheville Project
Asheville, NC

2001 – Sentara Healthcare
Hampton Roads, VA

2000 – FDA Office of Women’s Health Take Time To Care Campaign
Washington, DC

1999 – Iowa Center for Pharmaceutical Care
Des Moines, IA

1998 – Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Warminster, PA