Best Practice Award

  • Winner 2017 ICHP Best Practice Award

    Implementation of Integrated Telepharmacy Services Achieve a Health-System Standard of Pharmacy Care
    by Sandra M. Salverson , PharmD, BCPS and Jerry Storm, RPh
    OSF Healthcare System

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR PHARMACISTS:

    1. Identify three functions ePharmacists can perform within a telepharmacy model.
    2. Recognize one clinical outcome and one dispensing outcome from integrating telepharmacy services into a health-system model of pharmacy care.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR PHARMACY TECHNICIANS:

    1. Identify the role of the pharmacy technician in a pharmacy model with integrated telepharmacy services.
    2. Recognize the impact 24/7 pharmacist prospective review of medication orders has on dispensing doses from night-rooms.

    ACPE ACCREDITATION: This program is sponsored by the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. The Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program is will provide 0.5 contact hours (0.05 CEUs) of pharmacy continuing education for pharmacists. This program is free to ICHP members only.
  • ACPE Universal Activity Numbers: 0121-0000-17-069-H04-P 
    0121-0000-17-069-H04-T
    Type of Activity: Knowledge-based
    Program release date: October 1, 2017; Expiration date: October 31, 2019.

    The 2017 Best Practice Award Winner, Implementation of Integrated Telepharmacy Services Achieve a Health-System Standard of Pharmacy Care, is available as a home-study for CPE credit. To earn your CPE credit, you must read the manuscript in the September/October 2017 issue of KeePosted and then go to CEsally.com to answer the self-assessment questions and complete your credit. Once you have logged in to your CEsally.com account, search on Implementation of Integrated Telepharmacy, add to your To Do List, be sure and save CE, and then go to your To Do List to complete the process. For information on how to set up your CEsally account, go to https://www.ichpnet.org/pharmacy_practice/cesally/.

    The 2017 ICHP Best Practice Award is supported by PharMEDium-AmerisourceBergen.

  • Winner 2016 ICHP Best Practice Award

    MALDI-TOF alone versus MALDI-TOF combined with real-time antimicrobial stewardship interventions on time to optimal therapy in patients with positive blood cultures
    by Maya Beganovic, PharmD and Sarah M. Wieczorkiewicz, PharmD, BCPS
    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR PHARMACISTS:

    1. Define Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) technology.
    2. Identify advantages and limitations associated with MALDI-TOF utilization.

    ACPE ACCREDITATION: This program is sponsored by the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. The Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program is will provide 0.5 contact hours (0.05 CEUs) of pharmacy continuing education for pharmacists. This program is free to ICHP members only.
  • ACPE Universal Activity Numbers: 0121-0000-16-061-H01-P 
    Type of Activity: Knowledge-based
    Program release date: October 1, 2016; Expiration date: October 31, 2018.

    The 2016 Best Practice Award Winner, MALDI-TOF alone versus MALDI-TOF combined with real-time antimicrobial stewardship interventions on time to optimal therapy in patients with positive blood cultures, is available as a home-study for CPE credit. To earn your CPE credit, you must read the manuscript in the September/October 2016 issue of KeePosted and then go to CEsally.com to answer the self-assessment questions and complete your credit. Once you have logged in to your CEsally.com account, search on MALDI-TOF, add to your To Do List, be sure and save CE, and then go to your To Do List to complete the process. For information on how to set up your CEsally account, go to https://www.ichpnet.org/pharmacy_practice/cesally/.

    The 2016 ICHP Best Practice Award is supported by PharMEDium.

  • Winner 2015 ICHP Best Practice Award

    Osteopenia of Prematurity (aka Better Bones for Babies)
    by Kuntal Patel, Pharm.D., Pavel Prusakov, and Heather Vaule
    Mount Sinai Health System

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR PHARMACISTS AND PHARMACY TECHNICIANS:

    1. List factors that put preterm infants at high-risk for developing osteopenia.
    2. Discuss the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D.

    ACPE ACCREDITATION: This program is sponsored by the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists. The Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program is will provide 0.5 contact hours (0.05 CEUs) of pharmacy continuing education for pharmacists. This program is free to ICHP members only.
ACPE Universal Activity Numbers: 0121-0000-15-042-H01-P & 0121-0000-15-042-H01-T 
Type of Activity: Knowledge-based
Program release date: October 6, 2015; Expiration date: October 31, 2017.

The 2015 Best Practice Award Winner, Osteopenia of Prematurity (aka Better Bones for Babies), is available as a home-study for CPE credit. To earn your CPE credit, you must read the manuscript in the September/October 2015 issue of KeePosted and then go to CEsally.com to answer the self-assessment questions and complete your credit. Once you have logged in to your CEsally.com account, search on Osteopenia of Prematurity, add to your To Do List, be sure and save CE, and then go to your To Do List to complete the process. For information on how to set up your CEsally account, go to https://www.ichpnet.org/pharmacy_practice/cesally/.

The 2015 ICHP Best Practice Award is supported by PharMEDium.
  • Winner 2014 ICHP Best Practice Award

    Impact of Pharmacist Involvement in the Transitional Care of High-Risk Patients through Medication Reconciliation, Medication Education, and Post-Discharge Callbacks

    by Arti Phatak, Pharm.D.; Brooke Ward, Pharm.D., BCPS; Rachael Prusi, Pharm.D.; Elizabeth Vetter, Pharm.D.; Michael Postelnick, BS Pharm, BCPS (AQ Infectious Diseases); and Noelle Chapman, Pharm.D., BCPS
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital


    The 2014 Best Practice Award Winner, Impact of Pharmacist Involvement in the Transitional Care of High-Risk Patients through Medication Reconciliation, Medication Education, and Post-Discharge Callbacks, is NO longer available for CPE credit. If you would like to read the manuscript for informational purposes, you will find it in the November 2014 issue of KeePosted .

FACULTY DISCLOSURE: It is the policy of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP) to ensure balance and objectivity in all its continuing pharmacy education programs. All faculty participating in any ICHP continuing pharmacy education programs are expected to disclose any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have any bearing on the subject matter of the continuing pharmacy education program. Disclosure pertains to relationships with any pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the topic.

The intent of disclosure is not to prevent the use of faculty with a potential conflict of interest from authoring a publication but to let the readers know about the relationship prior to participation in the continuing pharmacy education activity. It is intended to identify financial interests and affiliations so that, with full disclosure of the facts, the readers may form their own judgments about the content of the learning activity.

The authors’ submission has been peer reviewed with consideration and knowledge of these potential conflicts and it has been found to be balanced and objective. The authors have no real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have any bearing on the subject matter of this continuing pharmacy education program.


    • 2013 Winner
      Nicole Rabs, Pharm.D., Sarah M. Wieczorkiewicz, Pharm.D., BCPS, Michael Costello, PhD, and Ina Zamfirova, BA - Department of Pharmacy, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL
      "Development of a Urinary-Specific Antibiogram for Gram Negative Isolates: Impact of Patient Risk Factors on Susceptibility"
    • 2012 Winner
      Kathryn Schiavo, PharmD; George Carro RPh, MS, BCO ; Abigail Harper, PharmD, BCO P; Betty Fang, PharmD; Palak Nanavati, PharmD - NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL
      "Outpatient Oncology Treatment Center Approach to Enhancing Continuity of Care Related to Dispensing Oral Chemotherapeutic Agents"

    • 2011 Winner
      Fatima Ali, PharmD; Sarah Wieczorkiewicz, PharmD, BCPS; Jill Cwik, PharmD; Robert Citronberg, MD, FACP, FIDSA
      "Procalcitonin-Guided Duration of Antimicrobial Therapy for the Treatment of Lower Respiratory Tract Infections"

    • 2010 Winner
      Nina Huang, PharmD; Huzefa Master, PharmD, BCPS
      "Impact of Pharmacist Conducted Discharge Medication Counseling"

    • 2009 Winner
      Sandra Salverson, PharmD, BCPS; Karin Terry, PharmD
      “Leading Medication Safety through the Use of Microsystem and Macrosystem Medication Safety Officers”

    • 2008 Winner
      Jered Bauer, PharmD
      “A Pharmacist-Led Program to Address Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in a Community Hospital”


    The objective of the Best Practice Award program is to encourage the development of innovative or creative pharmacy practice programs or innovative approaches to existing pharmacy practice challenges in health systems within the state of Illinois.

    Applicants will be judged on their descriptions of programs and practices employed in their health system based on the following criteria:
    • Innovativeness / originality
    • Contribution to improving patient care
    • Contribution to institution and pharmacy practice
    • Scope of project
    • Quality of submission