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PTCB Recognizes Outstanding Certified Pharmacy Technicians

 
CPhTs Rico Powell, Master Sergeant Jessica Hughes, and Linda Henson celebrated their achievement at a recognition event held in their honor in Washington, DC.

On October 29, 2013, PTCB honored Master Sergeant Jessica Hughes, US Air Force, CPhT, in a special event recognizing her as the 2013 PTCB CPhT of the Year. PTCB also honored the year's finalists: Rico Powell, CPhT, and Linda Henson, CPhT, during the luncheon ceremony at PTCB's offices in Washington, DC. 

Master Sergeant Jessica Hughes, USAF, CPhT, the 2013 CPhT of the Year, is the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of Pharmacy Support at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. During her deployment to Afghanistan in 2008, MSgt. Hughes prepared 1,300 IV medications, 70% of the total workload, and provided drug therapy support to more than 900 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) patients. MSgt. Hughes was leaned on as a 'pharmacist' as well as a technician, she said, because she worked overnight shifts when there was no pharmacist available. "The experience opened my eyes to much more than what I normally see in a clinic setting; I was called to traumas, and had to make IVs and TPNs," said MSgt. Hughes, "and I was asked about things that were new to me, but I was depended upon to find answers."

Linda Henson, CPhT, is Pharmacy Technician Manager at Methodist LeBonheur Hospital Germantown, TN. She manages 30 technicians and interns, and is responsible for staffing assignments, training, operations, equipment, safe medication storage, regulatory compliance, and pharmacy liaison. "Service to others is the most rewarding aspect of working as a PTCB CPhT for me," said Ms. Henson. "My position as manager affords me many opportunities to contribute to safe medication practices, which provide patients with excellent care. My job also allows me the pleasure of mentoring and coaching other technicians in their goals and achievements." Henson is a recipient of the Methodist Hospital Germantown's Extra Mile Award, Power of One Award, and Associate of the Year Award, among other honors.

Rico Powell, CPhT, is Pharmacy Technician Manager at Methodist Healthcare and PRN Technician at St. Francis Hospital, both in Memphis, TN. Mr. Powell's efforts in pharmacy automations have enhanced the safety of medication being prepared in the hospital setting, and helped transform CPhTs to vital members of his hospital's healthcare team. "Pharmacy practice models are constantly changing, allowing pharmacy technicians to take on greater responsibility," said Mr. Powell. "This enables the pharmacist to be more involved with clinical components of a patient's care. Medication safety is also a key part of the CPhT's scope of practice, and technicians are often the first eyes to identify potential errors." Mr. Powell's efforts have focused on building trust and teamwork among 42 technicians.


PTCB Executive Director and CEO Everett B. McAllister, MPA, RPh, congratulates Master Sergeant Jessica Hughes, USAF, the CPhT of the Year.
 

PTCB's CPhT of the Year Program honors and recognizes individual achievement in patient care, leadership, service, and mentorship as a way to encourage and support excellence and innovation among all pharmacy technicians.

Read the October 22 news release.

Photos by James Kegley for PTCB