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Conemaugh Health System Pharmacist Nancy Love, PharmD., BCPS, was invited to speak at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Love spoke about improving medication safety with opioids as a part of a morning long session on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
“Dr. Love addressed her approach to using opioids safely to a national audience. We are lucky to have an expert on this issue at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center,” says Luis Gonzalez, Conemaugh Memorial Pharmacist and Director of the Pharmacy Residency Program. Gonzalez holds high praise for Dr. Love’s participation in the ASHP’s distinguished meeting along with speaking on a national issue in opioid safety.
The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Summer Session was designed to present an interactive discussion on three avant-garde successful medication safety practices that were in current use in healthcare systems. Dr. Love was involved in one of many sessions during this summer’s ASHP meetings. Several key objectives from the sessions were describing effective programs in hospitals that can improve medication safety with opioids as well as effective strategies for reducing medication errors related to transitions of care. The meetings are held every year to join together like-minded individuals in creating an educational and networking opportunity for important factors in the healthcare spectrum.
“It was an honor to represent our organization and the hard work by our dedicated nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and risk management department,” says Dr. Love. “The attendees were very interested in our program and had many questions in the follow-up.”
Dr. Love graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and completed a one-year pharmacy residency at Conemaugh Memorial, where she then accepted the position of Clinical Pharmacist with the Acute Pain Service.