January 2019 | St. Luke’s

By: Anastasia Corolenco

Pharmacy Focus this quarter is on the St. Luke Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane.

St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is considered one of the most technologically advanced and one of the largest rehab centers in the Inland Northwest. Each year more than 7,200 people throughout the state use St. Luke’s to recover after stroke, brain, and spinal cord injuries, as well as chronic pain and workplace or auto injuries. As the only Level 1 trauma rehabilitation hospital in the region, St. Luke’s provides a wide variety of services focused on pain management, occupational, speech and physical therapies, and also cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. It allows each patient to gain the strength, skills, function, and confidence needed to live their happiest, most fulfilling life.


St. Luke’s organizes support groups onsite to assists patients with post-LSVT, dystonia, Parkinson’s, muscular dystrophy, etc. on a regular basis. It’s an opportunity for patients, caregivers and family members to share their experiences and concerns, receive valuable advice, enjoy special speakers, and learn from others.

St. Luke’s also has several outpatient programs for patients in all stages of rehabilitation. Aquatic therapy helps speed up and improve the healing and recovery for patients weakened by pain, injuries, surgeries, and other conditions. Treatments take place in a climate-controlled, therapeutic-grade water temperatures and are supervised by St. Luke’s compassionate rehabilitation experts. St. Luke’s provides an assessment for “at-risk drivers.” Patients who need a reevaluation of their driving skills after head injuries, stroke, decline in vision or memory, decreased mobility, etc. St. Luke’s can help patients to restore function after on-the-job injuries and return to work safely and quickly. Onsite clinical psychologists work on teaching patients and their family members to overcome heartbreaking life experiences and traumas by improving communication, implementing pain management techniques or adjusting to lifestyle changes.

Team St. Luke’s are experts, who are committed to making a daily difference in the lives of the patients.

CE | Asthma and COPD

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

What’s new in asthma, COPD, and what is asthma-COPD overlap?
Many patients with asthma and COPD do not have their conditions optimally controlled. Additionally some patients may have both asthma and COPD and require special considerations for management. Join us for this session as we discuss the differences between COPD and asthma and discuss the new guideline recommendations for how to manage COPD, asthma, and COPD-asthma overlap.

Presenter:
Evan J. Sainsbury, Pharm.D.
PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident, Kootenai Health

LOCATION

WSU Health Sciences Spokane
405 E. Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99202

SESSIONS

Option 1: Breakfast Option 2: Dinner
Morning – 7:00 a.m. Evening – 7:00 p.m.
Sign in 7:00 a.m. Sign in 7:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided Dinner will be provided
Washington State University Spokane*
Room TBD
405 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Washington State University Spokane*
Room TBD
405 E. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Register Online
Register Online

COST

SPA member: free
Non-member: $25

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

*Note: Pay for parking on the WSU Spokane campus at the blue parking kiosks. Limited one-hour street parking is available along Riverpoint Boulevard.

One hour of CE credit will be provided, Washington State Board of Pharmacy.

Registration closes Jan. 30, 2019.

Speaker Bio

Evan Sainsbury, graduated with his doctorate of pharmacy from Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2018. He is currently completing a PGY-1 residency at Kootenai Health in Couer d’Alene, Idaho.

Trivia Night at Craftsman Cellars

January 14, 2019

Trivia Night!

How much do you know? Come join us for a fun evening of trivia, appetizers, beer, and wine!

Pharmacists, technicians and students welcome. First 10 student members to register are FREE!

When and Where

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Monday, January 14, 2019

Craftsman Cellars Tasting Room
1194 West Summit Parkway
Spokane, WA 99201

Cost

$10 per person.
First 10 student members are free!

Wine tasting and light appetizers included.

Come test your knowledge. Space is limited to 30 people. Registration is now open!

Register Online

2019 Annual Meeting

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars to join us on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Join us for the Spokane Pharmacy Association’s Annual Meeting celebrating the Inland Northwest Pharmacy Community. The event will feature an excellent dinner, exhibitor showcase, auction, keynote speaker, awards ceremony, and plenty of pharmacy community!

Agenda

5:00-6:30pm – Cocktail reception and networking
6:30pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Introduction of Guests & Recognition of Sponsor, Exhibitors
7:15pm – Keynote Speaker – Details to come
8:15pm – Presentation of Awards
Closing Remarks
View complete event details here: SPA 2019 Annual Meeting

Pricing

SPA Member: $25
SPA Member and guest: $55
General Admission: $40
Admission and SPA Membership ($50 pharmacist): $75
Table (8 tickets): $200
Online registration is open!

Sponsorships and Exhibitors

Exhibitor display table cost is: $950– includes recognition at the annual meeting.
View complete sponsorship and exhibitor details here: SPA 2019 Annual Meeting

CE | Pharmacy Laws

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pharmacy Laws: Advancing the Profession and Developing Corrective Action Plans
This is an exciting time for Washington pharmacists, students and technicians as the pharmacy laws are being rewritten! Come and learn as two of Washington’s leading law experts discuss plans of corrections for common violations and how you can get involved to advocate for the profession of pharmacy.

Presenters:
Eleanor Doss
Washington State Department of Health, Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission
Julie Akers
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacotherapy

LOCATION

WSU Health Sciences Spokane
405 E. Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99202

SESSIONS

Option 1: Breakfast Option 2: Dinner*
Morning – 7:00 a.m. Evening – 7:00 p.m.
Sign in 7:00 a.m. Sign in 7:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided Dinner will be provided
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Bldg, Room 118
405 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Bldg, Room 101
405 E. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Register Online
Register Online

COST

SPA member: free
Non-member: $25

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

*Note: Pay for parking on the WSU Spokane campus at the blue parking kiosks. Limited one-hour street parking is available along Riverpoint Boulevard.

*Our PM session will also serve as the 2018 SPA Annual Meeting. After the regular CE session there will be a short State of the Organization update from your 2018 SPA President Jennifer Miller.

One hour of CE credit will be provided, Washington State Board of Pharmacy.

Registration closes Nov. 15, 2018.

Speaker Bios

Julie Akers is a 2000 graduate of the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After graduation, Julie moved to Seattle, Washington, where she worked for Bartell Drugs until 2011. During that time, she managed three different pharmacy locations before becoming a pharmacy district manager in 2004. After leaving Bartell, Julie spent 2011-2013 overseeing outpatient pharmacy operations for The Everett Clinic before moving to Spokane in fall of 2013 to join the pharmacy faculty at the WSU.
She served on the Washington State Pharmacy Association (WSPA) Board of Directors as a director-at-large from 2008 through 2010, and then a three-year term from 2011-2013 as president-elect, president, and past-president of the association. She currently serves on the WSPA as an appointed board member representing the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Eleanor Doss received her pharmacy degree from the University of New Mexico in 2010, but she has been working in pharmacies since 1995. She has a diverse background in retail, compounding, long term care, nuclear pharmacy, and research. However, one of her favorite subjects is pharmacy law. She is currently a pharmacist investigator for the Washington State Department of Health, Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission.

Event | Student CV/Resume Review

October 30, 2018

The Spokane Pharmacy Association will be hosting our Third Annual CV/Resume Group Review Session for student pharmacists on Tuesday October 30, 2018. Students! Come have your CV or resume reviewed by various pharmacy leaders in the community.

Students will be in small groups and will have the opportunity to meet with a pharmacist as they briefly review each student’s completed CV in quick 15 minute rotations.

Food (Panda Express) provided.

We Need Pharmacist Volunteers!

We need some volunteers to serve as CV/resume reviewers! If you are pharmacist and interested in helping give our local students a leg up in their job search, please contact please contact Anastasia Corolenco at anastasia.corolenco@wsu.edu.

DATE

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
5:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Washington State University Spokane*
Center for Clinical Research and Simulation, room 260
410 E Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99202

COST

This event is free, but you must RSVP.

RSVP

Students:  Register on Coug Sync

Other Details

*Note: Pay for parking on the WSU Spokane campus at the blue parking kiosks. Limited one-hour street parking is available along Riverpoint Boulevard.

No CE is offered for this event.

This event is for student pharmacists.

September Social Event!

September 24, 2018

Trivia Night!

How much do you know?? Come join us for a fun evening of trivia, appetizers, beer, and wine!
Pharmacists, technicians and students welcome.

When and Where

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
September 24, 2018

Nectar Catering and Events
120 North Stevens Street
Spokane, Washington 99201

Cost

$10 fee for SPA members
Student and technician SPA members are free!

Includes beer or wine and snacks

Come show us what you know. Register Now!

Register Online

CE | Immunizations for High Risk Patients

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pharmacies have become American’s first stop for immunizations. Patients with certain health conditions are indicated for different vaccines. Come learn about this high risk population and which immunizations they need so you can best care for those patients.

Presenter: Kayla DeBusk
Health Program Specialist at Spokane Regional Health District

LOCATION

WSU Health Sciences Spokane
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building
405 E. Spokane Falls Blvd,
Spokane, WA 99202

SESSIONS

Option 1: Breakfast Option 2: Dinner
Morning – 7:00 a.m. Evening – 6:00 p.m.
Sign in 7:00 a.m. Sign in 6:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided Dinner will be provided
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building, room 118
405 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building, room 118
405 E. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Register Online
Register Online

COST

SPA member: free
Non-member: $25

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

*Note: Pay for parking on the WSU Spokane campus at the blue parking kiosks. Limited one-hour street parking is available along Riverpoint Boulevard.

One hour of CE credit will be provided, approval pending by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy.

Registration closes Oct. 3, 2018.

CE | Contact Lens Care: A Primer for Pharmacists

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Do you wear contacts, or have patients that do? This CE is for you! It will cover topics such as the steps in caring for contact lenses, contact lens care systems, and recent issues in contact lens care. Get an update from an expert in the field.

Presenter: Peter Bergenske, OD, FAAO
Consultant, Alcon US Vision Care

Dr. Peter Bergenske received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked as a staff optometrist in Wisconsin and also served as the program director for an optometric technician program. Dr. Bergenske then served as associate professor of optometry and chief of contact lens service at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has over 100 scientific posters, presentations, and publications. Currently Dr. Bergenske serves as consultant and medical reviewer for Alcon Vision Care.

LOCATION

WSU Health Sciences Spokane
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building
405 E. Spokane Falls Blvd,
Spokane, WA 99202

SESSIONS

Option 1: Breakfast Option 2: Dinner
Morning – 7:00 a.m. Evening – 6:00 p.m.
Sign in 7:00 a.m. Sign in 6:00 p.m.
Breakfast will be provided Dinner will be provided
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building, room 118
405 East Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Washington State University Spokane*
Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building, room 118
405 E. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99202
Registration for this event is closed.
Registration for this event is closed.

COST

SPA member: free
Non-member: $25

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

*Note: Pay for parking on the WSU Spokane campus at the blue parking kiosks. Limited one-hour street parking is available along Riverpoint Boulevard.

One hour of CE credit will be provided, approved by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy.

Registration closes Sept. 6, 2018.

May 2018 | Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Pharmacy Focus this quarter is on the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Pharmacy, in Spokane. It is named after two local Veterans who sacrificed their lives for their country and each received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC Pharmacy Services supports the mission of the Veterans Health Administration by providing accurate, cost-effective, efficient, and safe pharmaceutical care to each Veteran served. Its core values are expressed through the acronym, “ICARE,” which stands for Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence. These core values guide employees’ actions on a daily basis to ensure they are providing the best care anywhere to Veterans by:

  • Integrating the concept of pharmaceutical care into all phases of the pharmacy practice aimed at improving employee engagement and Veteran experience.
  • Employing a systems-thinking approach to continuously improve processes and behaviors aimed at increasing value and developing best practices.
  • Increasing patient educational efforts, particularly as they relate to medication related outcomes.
  • Providing clinical pharmacy support to fulfill National VA PBM Formulary compliance and optimize outcomes with medications.
  • Being good stewards of limited organizational resources and operating cost-effectively within the allocated medical center budget.
  • Providing timely service for prescriptions filled at the pharmacy.
  • Using clinical pharmacy specialists who practice at the top of their license to manage chronic diseases in primary care and specialized care for behavioral health.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC pharmacy department is composed of about 30 pharmacists and 23 pharmacy technicians. The pharmacy operates a full service outpatient department dispensing prescriptions and counseling patients. They also have an inpatient department providing unit dose and IV services. Inpatient pharmacist coverage after hours is provided through a remote link to Puget Sound VAMC. During after hours, inpatient medication services are provided through fully stocked Omnicell machines and ward stock. In addition, the pharmacy provides clinical pharmacy specialist services to the primary care and specialty clinics during regular business hours, assisting providers in the treatment of anticoagulation, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, tobacco cessation, and in formulary management.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC serves as a rotation site to students for six different advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). Two of these rotations are ambulatory care, one in the primary care setting and the other in long-term-care/hospice. There are also rotations in acute care, community pharmacy, management, and (new for the 2018-2019 cycle) urgent care.

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC has been providing an ASHP accredited PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program for the past six years. Each year the Mann-Grandstaff VAMC receives applications from candidates all over the United States. A pharmacy team conducts interviews and chooses only two residents from a pool of highly qualified candidates. An ideal candidate for this position should possess not only a strong academic record, but also leadership abilities, a commitment to community, and good emotional intelligence. In other words, pharmacy residents are hired for their attitude and trained to develop their skills. Residents can get experience in outpatient, inpatient, clinical, administration, and long-term/palliative care. They also have the opportunity to select electives in infectious diseases, behavioral health, home-based primary care, and academia. Interested applicants must participate in the ASHP Residency Matching Program (The Match) and the Pharmacy Online Residency Centralized Application Service (PhORCAS).

The Mann-Grandstaff VAMC allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to practice at an advanced level to contribute to excellent patient care. Pharmacists at the Spokane VAMC have the highest “All Employee Satisfaction Scores” for the last two consecutive years. As a team member in the VAMC, it is important to have strong communication skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability to build long-lasting relationships.