University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Names Distinguished Alumni Award Winners
Published on 15 January 2021
Four outstanding University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis alumni were recently honored as Distinguished Alumni Award winners. Each year, the Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize University alumni who embody the attitudes and values that provide the foundation for exceptional patient care.
The University presented the following awards to deserving alumni:
- Loyalty Award – Bill Reed, B.S. ’67, former staff pharmacist with SSM St. Joseph Hospital in Wentzville, Missouri
- Service to the Profession Award – Janelle Mann, Pharm.D. ’09, BCOP, manager, clinical pharmacy services and clinical oncology pharmacist in the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Division of Medical Oncology at Siteman Cancer Center
- Service to the University Award – Neil Schmidt, B.S. ’73, former system pharmacy manager for the University of Missouri Health System and adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis
- Young Alumnus Award – Anne Eisenbeis, Pharm.D. ’14, director of practice development with the Missouri Pharmacy Association
“We are so proud of our outstanding alumni and their incredible accomplishments,” said Kathy Gardner, vice president of advancement and chief development officer. “The presentation of our annual Distinguished Alumni Awards represents a way for our alumni community to recognize their peers for all of their amazing career contributions.”
The Loyalty Award was presented to Reed in honor of his exceptional commitment and service to University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis and its alumni community. As a member of the University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors for 11 years, Reed helped guide the University through the announcement of a presidential transition, transitions within the University’s Office of Advancement, a pair of significant campus construction projects, a capital campaign, a sesquicentennial celebration and several successful golf tournament fundraisers. In addition to his involvement with the University, Reed’s career in pharmacy is highlighted by his time serving as a Staff Pharmacist with SSM St. Joseph Hospital in Wentzville, Missouri where he was responsible for dispensing medications, leading group and individual discussion with patients regarding medication therapy and working with pharmacy externs to understand the needs of psychiatric patients. During his career, Reed also served with local, state and national health system pharmacy organizations, and his membership included time as president of the St. Louis Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
Mann received the Service to the Profession Award in recognition of her work as pharmacy manager of clinical pharmacy services and clinical oncology pharmacist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis’ Division of Medical Oncology at Siteman Cancer Center where she provides patient-directed medication recommendations for oncology patients. She also assists the clinical research team with safe order writing and reviews patient adverse events to make appropriate dose adjustments to medications, while also making recommendations regarding appropriate supportive care options for patients. Mann is a former assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. During her time at the University, she provided experiential rotation experiences to students at Siteman Cancer Center through her work as a preceptor. In 2016, Mann was recognized with the University’s APPE Clinical Pharmacy Excellence Award for demonstrating excellence in teaching, innovations in clinical advancements, professionalism and commitment to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Today, she continues to provide lectures to University students on topics related to oncology.
The Service to the University Award was presented to Schmidt in recognition of his 47-year career as a hospital pharmacist, preceptor, hospital pharmacy administrator and pharmacy educator. Schmidt’s distinguished career is highlighted by his most recent role as System Pharmacy Manager with the University of Missouri Health System, where he helped expand the pharmacy residency program in 2012 and played a critical role in the construction of a new hospital pharmacy in University Hospital in 2013. During his career, he also played an important role in the construction of multiple retail pharmacies throughout Columbia, Missouri. During his time with the University of Missouri Health System, Schmidt was responsible for four hospital pharmacies and nine retail pharmacies. Prior to his time with the University of Missouri, Schmidt served as the South Operating Group Director of Pharmacy Services at SSM Health Care, and held previous positions as the Director of Pharmacy Services at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center and St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis, Illinois. For 32 years, Schmidt has also served as an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. He is a past president of the St. Louis Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and is a fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Schmidt was also a member of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis Alumni Association Board of Directors for seven years, serving as Board president in 2006. The Service to the University Award represents Schmidt’s second time being honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award after being recognized in the Service to the Profession category in 2005.
Eisenbeis was recognized with the Young Alumnus Award in honor of her efforts to expand patient care services within community pharmacy. In her current role as the Director of Practice Development for the Missouri Pharmacy Association (MPA), Eisenbeis oversees a variety of innovative projects that are creating greater opportunities for community pharmacists. Her efforts include advocating on behalf of pharmacists at the Missouri State Capitol on issues such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy prescriptive authority, expanding pharmacists’ scope of practice and the expansion of immunization authority for pharmacists. Her work also includes serving as an advocate for the expansion of pharmacist-led clinical services among payer and partner organizations, such as Medicaid and private insurance companies, and implementing pioneering pharmacy-led programs with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Outside of her work with MPA, Eisenbeis is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, the American Pharmacists Association, and serves on the Missouri Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Public Policy Committee.
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