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Four ANTHC pharmacists receive elite specialty certifications

July 8, 2016

ANTHC’s pharmacists continually work to further their education and training, improving their skill sets and providing the best care to our people. Four ANTHC pharmacists recently received elite specialty pharmacy certifications. Board certification through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels.

Sean Berkey recently became a Board Certified Pediatric Pharmacy Specialist, which means he has the advanced knowledge and expertise to provide patient care to children.  This certification includes providing alternative dosage forms and specialized drug therapy monitoring required for our pediatric patients. Berkey has worked at ANTHC for nine years and is the first pharmacist in Alaska to receive this certification.

Anne Marie Bott recently became a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist, which means she has the advanced knowledge and experience for managing cancer-related and drug-related adverse events or clinical situations for the increasing number and complexity of drug therapies to treat and prevent cancer. Bott has worked at ANTHC for 11 years and is one of five Board Certified Oncology Pharmacists in Alaska.

John Carothers and Angharad Ratliff became Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacists.  This means that they have the advanced knowledge and expertise to quickly assess clinical data and deliver direct patient care to critically ill and injured patients who may require specialized pharmacologic or technological interventions to maintain blood pressure, respiration, nutrition and other homeostatic functions. Carothers has worked at ANTHC for 12 years and Ratliff has worked at ANTHC for one year, and they are two of the first three pharmacists in Alaska to receive this certification.

“The most important thing about our pharmacists receiving these certifications, is that we are able to provide a higher level of care to our patients,” said Ashley Schaber, ANMC Inpatient Pharmacy Manager. “With BPS specialty-trained pharmacists as part of our collaborative care team, we are able to better care for our people with complex health care needs.”

Specialty certifications not only result in improved outcomes in patient care, but are a way for our pharmacists to do independent education and training to keep current with the most up-to-date literature and pharmacy practices. Certification holders are required to recertify every seven years, which includes completing 120 hours of specialized continuing education credits.

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