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Geisinger pharmacist named 2015 Next-Generation Pharmacist by Pharmacy Times

Aug 17, 2015 04:17PM ● By Erica Shames

Michael Evans, BS, RPh, director of ambulatory clinical pharmacy programs at Geisinger Health System, was named 2015 Next-Generation Pharmacist at the sixth annual Next-Generation awards gala on Friday, Aug.7 in Orlando, Fla. Evans will be featured on the cover of the August 2015 issue of Pharmacy Times, which will contain a profile of his award-winning contributions to the pharmaceutical industry.

“This year’s Next-Generation Pharmacist truly demonstrates the qualities of a leader in pharmacy,” said Fred M. Eckel, RPh, MS, ScD (Hon), Pharmacy Times editor-in-chief, who chaired the independent panel of judges that reviewed nominations. “Michael is committed to his role as a counselor, helping his patients understand their medical conditions, improve their overall health and wellness and recognize how to maximize their insurance plans and medical coverage. He is an excellent example to others in the industry, and we are proud to honor him.”

Nominations were received across 11 categories. An independent panel of judges scored each entry, naming the three highest scoring entries in each category as finalists and the top-scoring entry as the category winner. The overall Next-Generation Pharmacist was selected from among the winners of each category.

The first winner of the newly added health-system pharmacist category, Evans was honored for his tremendous efforts in Geisinger’s Medication Therapy Disease Management Program (MTDM). Under Evans’ leadership, this program has improved outcomes for patients with high-risk chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, heart failure and chronic pain.

Evans was nominated for the award by Deborah Templeton, RPh, MHA, chief of care support services at Geisinger Health System.

“I hired Mike as a young man in our pharmacy area and had the pleasure of watching him return to pharmacy school, graduate and come on board as a staff pharmacist,” Templeton said. “In his 17 years at Geisinger, he has helped grow the role of pharmacists through increased collaborations with physicians, research and additional education and certification opportunities. The work done with his team in this program is contributing to program development in healthcare facilities across the state. Most importantly, his work is changing the lives of thousands of patients.”

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