Names In The News

June 12, 2008

*Mercy Medical Center received the Partner for Change Award last month at the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards in Pittsburgh.

Mercy earned the award after developing pollution prevention programs. According to Rachel Demunda, director of environmental health and safety at Mercy, the hospital has instituted a number of "green" initiatives and programs during the past 18 months.

They include reducing medical waste; recycling paper, cardboard, batteries, mercury, lead and construction debris; food composting; using green cleaning chemicals; and buying locally grown produce.

*Rebecca Asher, manager for the Epidemiology and Immunization Program at the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, recently received the Rising Star State Agency Award.

The award, sponsored by the Maryland chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, credits her efforts to provide immunizations to prevent disease and her contributions to the department for the past 12 years. The ASPA award goes to local, state and federal level agencies and individuals in those departments.

Asher is now charged with oversight of the county's examination of hepatitis, Lyme disease and other communicable disease cases. Asher supervises immunization programs for school-age children and the annual flu vaccination programs that worked last year with 15,000 public elementary school children and more than 20,000 residents.

*A 2008 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Crystal APPLE Award has been presented to the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Dr. Frank Pucino of the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health for excellence in experiential education.

Pucino has mentored dozens of students since becoming a preceptor for the School of Pharmacy in 1996. The Experiential Learning Program at the School of Pharmacy partners students, faculty, clinical faculty (preceptors), school administration and other stakeholders. Its goal is to develop pharmacists with professional judgment and competencies expected in a broad range of practice environments.

*The dean of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland's School of Pharmacy was appointed an external examiner to a pharmacy program at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Anne Y. Lin, who is a native of Hong Kong, will work as an external examiner to the university's master of science in clinical pharmacy program. She served as an external examiner when the program was founded in 1998.

The external examiner is required to assess the pharmacy program in several areas, including reviewing course syllabuses, course projects and course development. The appointment continues through 2009.

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