Smith to Receive Excellence in Innovation Award
posted: 02/24/2012

Chris Smith will receive the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Excellence in Innovation Award during the Association’s Annual Convention & Exposition, held Feb. 24-26 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. 

To be deserving of this award, sponsored by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., a pharmacist or team of pharmacists must demonstrate an innovative pharmacy practice program that results in improved patient care. This award highlights the work and efforts of pharmacy pioneers who are re-engineering our profession to meet the health care needs of tomorrow’s patients. 

Under Smith’s leadership with other pharmacists, Spartan Stores has executed a successful employer-based medication therapy management pilot project and expanded the reach of the company’s immunization delivery. Smith currently serves as the manager of pharmacy services for Spartan Stores in Grand Rapids, a position he has held since 2008. Prior to his work at Spartan, he practiced at Walgreens for 11 years in various management positions. 

Smith is a member of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and serves on their Privacy Policy Work Group. He is an MPA member, serves on the Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists Board of Directors and the Patient-Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organization Task Force. He is also a member of the American Pharmacists Association. 

Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from Drake University College of Pharmacy in 2000. 

MPA advances the profession of pharmacy and patient care on behalf of the 10,000 pharmacists and 15,000 pharmacy technicians in the state.


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