Conemaugh Memorial Pharmacists Present Keynote Address at Regional Care Forum

May 18, 2015

Stephanie Thomas, PharmD

Kirsten Garman, PharmD

Samantha Formeck, PharmD


Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Pharmacy First-Year Resident, Kirsten Garman, PharmD and Associate Pharmacy Residency Program Director Stephanie Thomas, PharmD, will provide the keynote address at the Highmark Regional Care Delivery Model Teleconference Forum on May 27, 2015 from the Highmark office in Johnstown. This video teleconference will include participants from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware. The forum will be attended by hospital quality directors, hospital CEOs, primary care physicians, and allied health professionals working in a hospital or primary care setting.

The forum's theme is Solving the Medication Puzzle: Medication Adherence and Patient Management. Drs. Garman and Thomas will present information regarding pharmacists assisting Conemaugh Physician Group practices to meet Highmark and Medicare quality measures related to disease prevention and optimal medication use.

"I’m extremely proud of both Stephanie and Kirsten," says Luis Gonzalez III, PharmD, BCPS, Director of Conemaugh Memorial's Pharmacy Residency Program. "The invitation to present recognizes our work as pharmacists to improve how patients use their medications. We work with the patient’s primary care provider in a collaborative way to help improve medication safety and efficacy."

Additional Presentation

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Pharmacy Residents presented at the 2015 Eastern States Residency Conference at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA. Kirsten Garman, PharmD and Samantha Formeck, PharmD presented research projects and practice experiences to thousands of pharmacy residents and faculty at the May conference.

“I am excited for the opportunity to show how pharmacists have expanded their role in the outpatient setting at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and how this leads to enhanced patient care and improved reimbursement," says Kirsten Garman, first-year Pharmacy Resident. “My goal is to provide a framework for other pharmacists to incorporate into their practice. I hope this will contribute to the advancement of our profession.” Dr. Garman presented Reaching for the Stars? Three Ways Pharmacists Can Help Physician Practices Achieve Quality Measures and Improve STAR Ratings. The presentation reviewed various strategies employed by pharmacists at Conemaugh Memorial to help physician practices meet quality measures.

Samantha Formeck, PharmD presented Aspiration Pneumonia vs. Aspiration Pneumonitis- Can Serum Procalcitonin Levels Give Us the Answer? Her presentation provided information on procalcitonin, a blood test which may be used to help determine if an infection is present. Typically, if it is uncertain whether or not a patient has an infection, they are given antibiotics "just in case". This can then lead to inappropriate antibiotic use which can contribute to resistant bacteria and advertise effects. "With further research, procalcitonin might be able to help identify the presence of infection and reduce the use of antibiotics," says Dr. Formeck.

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