DURHAM, N.C., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Parata Systems and Pharmacy Times have announced the finalists for the second annual Next-Generation Pharmacist awards. The 2011 program, honoring pharmacists who define the future of the industry across a wide range of practice settings, attracted nearly 350 nominations from across the country.
This year's finalists include pharmacist innovators, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians across 11 distinct categories. The program introduced the "Long-Term Care Pharmacist of the Year" and the "Military Pharmacist of the Year" categories in 2011.
A panel of esteemed judges—pharmacy thought leaders in their own right—chaired by Pharmacy Times Editor-in-Chief, Fred M. Eckel, RPh, MS, selected three finalists for each category, with four finalists in the Lifetime Achievement Category as a result of a tie. These finalists represent a true cross-section of the industry—from large chain retailers and independent pharmacies to military health clinics and educational institutions in 23 different states.
One winner from the pharmacist categories will also receive the program's highest honor—"2011 Next-Generation Pharmacist." This award recognizes a licensed pharmacist who embodies the highest standards of patient care, management and operations, while demonstrating an uncompromising vision for the pharmacy industry.The 2011 finalists are:Civic Leader of the Year: Peter Crouch, BSPharm, Eden Drug, Eden, NC John Forbes, RPh, Medicap Pharmacy, Urbandale, IAJohn Gotowko, RPh, MS, MBA, FASCP, Wende Correctional Facility, Alden, NYEntrepreneur of the Year:Ken Fields, PharmD, ApproRx and Waynesville Pharmacy, Waynesville, OH Doug Kaleugher, BSPharm, Med-Fast Pharmacy, Aliquippa, PAMichael Schwartzwald, RPh, GuidePoint Pharmacy, Brainerd, MN Future Pharmacist of the Year:Kyle Burcher, The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Athens, GA Gina M. Pettineo, Nova Sout