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David Flynn to receive Bowl of Hygeia
Joining the honor roll of distinguished recipients, David Flynn will be presented the "Bowl of Hygeia" the most widely recognized international symbol of pharmacy at WVPA's 108th Annual Convention, October 17, 2015, at Stonewall Resort. President Krista Capehart will make the presentation during the Installation and Awards Dinner, following a reception honoring all Past Presidents.
Hygeia was the daughter and assistant of Aesculapius, the God of Medicine and Healing. Her classical symbol was a bowl containing a medicinal potion, with the serpent of Wisdom (or guardianship) partaking of it. This is the same serpent of Wisdom which appears on the caduceus, the staff of Aesculapius, which is the symbol of medicine.
The award is in recognition of a WVPA member who has compiled an outstanding record of community service, which apart from his or her identification as a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession of pharmacy. It has been presented nationwide since 1979.
David is Director of Medical Center Pharmacy at WVU Hospitals in Morgantown. While serving various organizations in his community, he makes poison prevention presentations to area kindergarten and first grade classes. He serves as the Third Grade Sunday School teacher at Faith Baptist Church and teaches grades five through seven in the AWANA Club program at the Church.
David is a community volunteer for many activities, such as coach of T-ball, and assists the coaches of Morgantown High School lacrosse and girls soccer. He also helps build and rebuild park equipment, and cleans-up several parks and bike trails. He volunteers his services on the bus ministry at his Church, and chaperones many church youth activities.
David finds time to serve on the Board of Directors of the Milan Puskar Health Right free health clinic in Morgantown. He was Vice President and Board Member of the Monongalia Urban Mass Transit Authority, and Vice Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Mountain Line Transit.
David is a graduate of WVU School of Pharmacy. He is a Past President of WVPA, and past member of the Board of Directors.
Leesa Marie Prunty
2015 Recipient of Excellence in Innovation Award
Krista Capehart, WVPA President, will present Leesa Marie Prunty, of Milton, the 2015 Excellence In Innovation Award in recognition of her demonstrating innovative pharmacy practice which has resulted in improved patient care. The presentation will be made at the 108th Annual Convention at Stonewall Resort during the Installation and Awards Dinner, Saturday evening, October 17.
A graduate of WV University School of Pharmacy where she earned PharmD and BCPS degrees, Leesa is a shared faculty member between Marshall and the Cabell Huntington Hospital's Neonatal-Intensive-Care-Unit and Pediatric-Intensive-Care-Unit. She filled a unmet need as a clinical pharmacist in the Pediatric ICU at Cabell, before being added to the Neonatal ICU, which had been without a clinical pharmacist, to further care for patients.
Throughout this process she has integrated her shared position with Marshall teaching student pharmacists in the pediatric arena. Leesa utilizes students to help improve patient care through an elective offered during the summer in which students will be included in rounds with the PICU team, and perform research on patient safety and medication utilization for the pediatric population.
She has performed several reviews of protocols for the hospital which improve patient safety for pediatrics, filling a need on the hospital's pharmacy and therapeutics committee. She is currently working on several original protocols including pediatric pharmacokinetics, which will help standardize and ensure the safety of the pharmacy department's kinetic dosing of antibiotics for pediatric patients.
Leesa has authored several papers on pediatric and educational projects related to her research at the hospital, which has been presented at the national level. She truly innovates the pharmacy profession by her practice in both the NICU and PICU as well as her integration of students to improve patient care in pediatrics to a very measurable degree.
Dennis Lewis to receive coveted Beal Award
WVPA's coveted award honoring a pharmacist for their contributions to the profession, the Dr. James H. Beal Award, will be presented Dennis Lewis of Chapmanville at the 108th Annual Convention, October 17, at Stonewall Resort WVPA President Krista Capehart will present the Award during the Installation and Awards Dinner.
The Beal Award is the highest honor given a member of WVPA. It is in memory of Dr. James H. Beal, who came to West Virginia in 1906 and took it upon himself to form of the-then West Virginia Pharmaceutical Association. He drafted the first WV Pharmacy Practice Act, as well as the narcotic and poison laws.
A 1977 graduate of WVU School of Pharmacy, Dennis began his professional career by operating a small respiratory service from his home in 1981. Wanting to expand, in 1984 he established Health Care Pharmacy - a retail apothecary pharmacy and durable medical equipment facility.
Continuing his healthcare knowledge, Dennis established Nursing Care Home Health in 1986 to provide home health services. He then created Dignity Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Inc., in 1994 to care for terminally ill patients. Dignity Hospice has since expanded into Dignity Hospice and Home Health and now services over 160 patients daily. Dignity will soon begin construction of an eight bed inpatient hospice unit to further serve the needs of the Champmanville, Logan Country communities.
Among the awards and recognition relating to professional and community services, Dennis received the Ernest & Young CPA firm's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1993 and was recognized nationally in November 1994 by Pharmacy Times in its published article entitled "Home Health Care Expands in Small Town America."
A Past President of WVPA, Dennis received the Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award in 1995, Merck Community Service Award for West Virginia in 2005, West Virginia Pharmacy Leadership Award in 2006, and the Bowl of Hygeia Award in 2009. He was selected as a member of the WVU School of Pharmacy's Centennial Hall of Fame in 2014.
Since 2006 Dennis has served as Pharmacy Liaison to West Virginia' Medicaid's Medical Services Fund Advisory Council, and in 2013 began serving on the Continuing Pharmacy Education Committee of the Board of Pharmacy. Dennis's career has great emphasis on taking care of patients in their homes.
He was ordained a Southern Baptist Minister in 2003 and served with the World Help Organization as Missionary Ambassador to Eastern Bloc Russian counties. He is a Deacon of Calvary Baptist Church in his home town of Chapmanville.
Dennis and his wife, Dorothy, have three children -- Danielle, David and Drew. Danielle earned a degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University. David is attending Marshall University Medical School and Drew earned a Master's Degree in Health Care Administration from Marshall University. They are the proud grandparents of eight grandsons.
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