Pinnacle Awards

About the Awards

The Pinnacle Awards, established in 1998 by the APhA Foundation's Quality Center, celebrate significant contributions to the medication use process.


Award Categories

  • Individual Award for Career Achievement: Recognizes individuals whose actions have demonstrated exceptional leadership in enhancing health care quality and medication use. 
  • Group Practices, Health Systems, Health Care Corporations: Recognizes a significant scientific contribution and/or quality improvement project.
  • Voluntary Health Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Associations, Government Agencies, and Public/Private Partnerships: Recognizes health organizations that assist patients and their caregivers in achieving better outcomes from their medications.

To learn more about the Nomination Application Process and access the Nomination Form, click HERE

2018 Pinnacle Awards

The APhA Foundation recognizes this year's Pinancle Award Recipients: 

Category I: 2018 Individual Award for Career Achievement
Lisa Tonrey, MHA, RPh, PhC, FAPhA, CAPT, USPHS (ret)

Category II: 2018 Group Practice–Health System–Health Care Corporation Award
Balls Food Stores

Category III: 2018 Nonprofit Organization–Association–Public/Private Partnerships Award
Federal Bureau of Prisons Pharmacy Programs

Read the full news release about the 2018 recipients HERE.

View photos from the event HERE.



2018 Pinnacle Innovation in Pharmacy Lecture

Innovative Roles for the Pharmacist in Improving Population Health

Lecture delivered by
Category I: Individual Award for Career Achievement
Lisa Tonrey, MHA, RPh, PhC, FAPhA, CAPT, USPHS (ret)

SRG Pharmacist/ Technical Advisor
USAID/ Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance

Click Here to Download Lecture Slides


Past Pinnacle Awards and Reception

See Past Recipients Here.


If you have any questions related to the Pinnacle Awards, please contact Meg Freiter, Executive Resident at or 202-558-2709.