PTCB Recognizes Hannah Peabody, CPhT, for Excellence
On December 9, 2014, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) honored Hannah Peabody of East Syracuse, NY, at a special event to recognize her as the 2014 PTCB Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) of the Year©. The ceremony and reception took place during the American Society of Health-System Phamacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, CA. Ms. Peabody was presented a trophy and a check for $500, and received expenses to attend the four-day conference and its educational sessions.
Left: 2014 CPhT of the Year Hannah Peabody receives congratulations from PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh.
In accepting her new title as the CPhT of the Year, Ms. Peabody said, “When I learned I had been selected from so many outstanding nominees and finalists, I was overwhelmed. For me, being a CPhT means serving patients in the best way possible, and making sure there are no barriers to prevent them from receiving the critical treatments they need. My work as a CPhT is rewarding because I have the opportunity to do this every day.” Ms. Peabody said roles are expanding for CPhTs. “As pharmacists become increasingly occupied with immunizations and medication therapy management, CPhTs must step up to do more”
Guests gather with honoree Hannah Peabody, CPhT (front row, center), at the second annual CPhT of the Year recognition event. Attendees included PTCB Board of Governors Chair Scott Meyers, MS, RPh, PTCB CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, and 2013 CPhT of the Year finalist Rico Powell, CPhT.
Ms. Peabody has helped secure more than $1,500,000 to assist patients needing expensive medications who are served by The Patient Rx Center of Hematology/Oncology Associates of Central New York (HOACNY), a private practice of more than 40 providers seeing 4,500 patients annually. Originally hired to create an oncology physician dispensing platform, Ms. Peabody worked with her pharmacy manager, Michael Reff, RPh, MBA, and an oncology nurse navigator, Deborah Walters, RN, OCN, to implement new systems focused on accuracy, increased oral compliance, medication affordability, and patient convenience. Ms. Peabody led the development of a Pharmacy Technician Excellence Program at HOACNY, and senior management has endorsed the program’s career steps for CPhTs at the practice.
More than 450 CPhTs were nominated for the 2014 PTCB CPhT of the Year© from all pharmacy settings. PTCB selected seven candidates to appear on an online ballot for public voting. The other six finalists were CPhTs Alexander Faulkner of Ann Arbor, MI; Michael K. Greene of Brentwood, NY; HS2 Johnathan Gunn of Yorktown, VA; Melinda Mowbray of Harrison, VA; Alexandra Reyes of San Antonio, TX; and Andreea Tudosie of Plymouth, MN.
PTCB's CPhT of the Year Program was established in 2013 to honor and celebrate individual achievement in patient care as a way to encourage excellence among all pharmacy technicians.
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