CancerCare Manitoba
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May 9, 2011

Provincial Pharmacy Program Honoured

Accolades for patient safety, leadership and post secondary education

The Provincial Pharmacy Program at CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety, leadership and post secondary education and training.

At the annual conference of the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association (MPhA), Venetia Bourrier, Director, Provincial Drug Oncology Program, became the first ever recipient of the Patient Safety award. The honour was presented in recognition of significant and lasting contribution to improving patient safety and health care quality and shared with her colleagues at the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA) Systemic Therapy Safety Committee.

Since joining CCMB in 1990, Venetia has developed a comprehensive oncology pharmacy program with major accomplishments including establishment of a chemotherapy ordering process, an intravenous admixture pharmacy service, and electronic prescribing. She is involved in patient safety efforts at both the provincial and national level aimed at improving the practice of all healthcare providers to minimize risk to patients.

The MPhA also presented Pat Trozzo, Site Manager, Pharmacy Program, with The Pharmacist of the Year Award. The recognition is given on an annual basis to a Manitoba Pharmacist who, in the opinion of their peers, has made a significant contribution to the profession during their career.

Pat joined CCMB in 2002 and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba. The recipient of many awards and scholarships during 20 plus years in pharmacy, he has also authored over 45 papers on such topics as cancer chemotherapy, methadone, prostate cancer, and pain management.

In addition to the two individual awards, the CCMB Pharmacy program was recently named as Preceptor site of the year by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba. The award recognizes the superior effort that is made by all the staff at providing students and trainees with a supportive learning environment as well as positive role models.

CCMB employs twenty six full and part-time pharmacists who act as preceptors for pharmacy students, interns, residents as well as Doctor of Pharmacy candidates who are in various stages of their experiential training.

"Venetia, Pat and the preceptor staff in the Provincial Pharmacy Program deserve our praise and recognition," said Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, President & CEO, CancerCare Manitoba. "Their leadership and dedication to the pharmacy profession for the ultimate benefit of the patient are unparalleled."

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