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  • 11/17/2022 1:31 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    ***As presented at the VSHP Awards Ceremony, November 4, 2022***

    The 2022 VSHP Clinical Practice Achievement Award recipient is an infectious diseases pharmacist at Carilion Clinic who leads the inpatient antimicrobial stewardship program for the health system. She has impacted pharmacy practice and patient outcomes in 3 key areas. Over the past two years, she has led the creation of inpatient treatment guidelines for COVID-19 and assisted with vaccine education across the health system. She was also instrumental with implementing a novel approach to managing CDI utilizing a clinical decision support-designed order set for all treatment medications and expanded use of a novel agent, fidaxomicin, which reported superior outcomes to oral vancomycin. The AMS Team worked closely with case management and the Carilion Medication Assistance Program to design a process to obtain this high-cost treatment course for almost every patient who needed it. The recipient led grant-funded research to evaluate the impact of the clinical decision order set and found after implementation readmission rates dropped from 18.9% to 8.5% and clinical cure with no recurrence rates increased from 55.9% to 73.3%. Overall effects of the program from 5/2018-5/2022 included 438 patients treated with CDI, 44 readmissions prevented, 876 bed days saved and a cost savings of $976,280. This process pathway and evaluation was published in Infectious Diseases and Therapy this year.  In 2020, she also implemented a process for the antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists to review every patient with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia or Candidemia in the health system. Previous literature as well as internal research at Carilion Clinic identified this as an area where infectious diseases consult could have a large impact on patient care including mortality. Ultimately, she was able to implement automatic ID consults for patients with S. aureus bacteremia or Candidemia in July 2022.

    Congratulations to the VSHP Clinical Practice Achievement Award winner for 2022, Lauren McDaniel!

  • 11/17/2022 1:18 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP President Kathy Koehl attended the ASHP Presidential Officers Retreat (POR) in Dallas, TX November 14-15.  The POR provides a venue for the interaction of ASHP elected leaders and state affiliate elected counterparts. The retreat is designed to produce outcomes beneficial to the mission of the organizations at a state and national level.

  • 11/15/2022 11:16 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    ***As presented on 11/4/2022***

    VSHP held our Annual the Jennifer E. Stallings College Bowl on Friday, November 4, 2022.  We were able once again gather four teams from our local Virginia Colleges of Pharmacy who have successfully won their local competitions. 

    Here is a bit of background on how this College Bowl came to be.

    On March 14, 2008, VSHP members were devastated to hear that Jennifer Elaine Stallings, Treasurer of VSHP, died suddenly due to a suspected Bilateral Pulmonary Embolism at 36 years of age.  Jennifer had been actively involved in VSHP, beginning with Student Chapter President and her passion and commitment continued through her last days as Treasurer. 

    Jennifer was born at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital. After working and while attending William & Mary, Jennifer (an Honors student), decided to attend Pharmacy School and pursue her dream to become a pharmacist. In 1997, Jennifer graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from VCU/MCV College of Pharmacy. 

    After graduation from Pharmacy School, Jennifer worked for Sentara Health Systems and was certified in Warfarin dosing and taught classes at Old Dominion University for Nurse Practitioners.  Jennifer served as the VSHP Tidewater Regional President, Membership Chair, and she was a champion for pharmacy students throughout Virginia, she visited many pharmacy schools in Virginia to speak with students about VSHP, encouraging them to become involved and that joining an association is a wonderful way to give back.  In 2002, Jennifer was nominated, and won the VSHP Clinical Pharmacist of the Year Award. 

    Jennifer was described by many as being a fun-loving, positive person, with an easy-going spirit who loved her family and her patients.

    Before her unexpected death, Jennifer introduced a concept to VSHP called the VSHP College Bowl.  Now renamed the Jennifer E. Stallings College Bowl.  This scholarship fund was developed to offer financial support for travel and registration for the winning team(s) of the VSHP sponsored college bowl to attend the annual ASHP Midyear Clinical Skills Competition. Please visit our website at for more details on how to make your tax deductible contribution to the fund so we can continue Jennifer’s commitment to our future Healthcare Leaders

    VSHP would like to acknowledge each of team with a Certificate of Achievement.  The winning team will receive a $1,000 scholarship award, $500.00 for each student from the Jennifer E. Stallings College Bowl Fund. 

    Before I announce the winners, I want to thank the judges:

    Richard Nicholas from Appalachian College of Pharmacy

    Rebecca Anderson from Shenandoah University

    Alexis Crawford from VCU


    Alphabetically, by School name:

    Alan Kurian and Annamay Fry from Appalachian College of Pharmacy

    Samantha Burton and Natalie Parrish from the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University

    Nia Haley from Hampton University - School of Pharmacy

    Caitlyn Cason and Sterling Saunders from VCU School of Pharmacy


    And the winning this year is ……..

    Caitlyn Cason and Sterling Saunders from VCU School of Pharmacy

    Congratulations to all of our participants



  • 11/11/2022 2:27 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP Board voted today to have no increase in membership dues for 2023.

    We thank all of members for their support in 2022

  • 09/23/2022 9:52 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Needed-4-5 More Pearl Proposals for the VSHP Fall Seminar

    VSHP is accepting speaker proposals for pearl presentations (10 minutes) during the Clinical Pearl Session on Saturday, November 5 from 130p-230p.

    Please submit your completed proposal form to by Friday, September 30.

    Thank you for supporting the educational mission of VSHP!

    The 2022 Fall Hot Topics list is located below. The VSHP Education Committee will consider all topics for presentation, with additional consideration for all presentations related to subjects on the Hot Topics list.   Presentations with interactive activities are encouraged.  Pharmacists, residents and technicians are encouraged to submit.

    VSHP Fall Seminar 2022 - Hot Topic Suggestions

    Anticoagulation/DOAC Dosing


    Burnout, Resilience and Retention in Pharmacy


    Clinical Controversies

    Critical Care

    Drug Interactions



    Infectious Disease/MDR Pathogens/Stewardship


    Inpatient Glycemic Management

    Medication Safety

    Narcotic Diversion

    Nutrition and Electrolytes


    Opioids and Pain Management


    Pharmacy Leadership (340B, inventory, revenue cycle, TJC)


    Psychiatric Pharmacy/Substance Abuse/Anxiety 

    Specialty Pharmacy

    Sterile Compounding and USP 800

    Submission Form

  • 09/20/2022 3:20 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Call for Webinar Presenters

    VSHP is planning our CE webinar series for 2022 and 2023 and we're looking for pharmacists who would like to participate as webinar CE presenters. Honorarium of $100 available.

    Presentations can be on a variety topics and are welcome to give presentations that you may have already presented in another venue. This is a great way to become more involved in VSHP and a great opportunity to share your work with colleagues around the state.

    To participate:

    Sign up for a 2022 webinar:

    Sign up for a 2023 webinar:


    Note: If you don’t see a date and time that works, email with a suggested date and time

  • 09/20/2022 3:16 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Interested in presenting a Poster at the 2022 VSHP Fall Seminar in Williamsburg, VA, Saturday, November 5, 2022

    • The deadline for all abstract submission is Friday, October 21, 2022.
    • IMPORTANT: The Primary Author must be the person submitting the abstract. Primary Authors can only submit ONE abstract, however, a primary author can be an additional author on other abstracts. Submitting an abstract on behalf of someone else is prohibited.
    • Poster session is Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 1230p-130p

  • 08/12/2022 10:15 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)


    Each year, VSHP recognizes pharmacy practitioners that have demonstrated outstanding service to the pharmacy profession within Virginia. 


    VSHP Annual Awards include:

    VSHP Technician of the Year

    VSHP New Practitioner of the Year 

    VSHP Pharmacist of the Year 

    Clinical Pharmacy Practice Achievement Award 

    R.D. Anderson Distinguished Leadership Award


    To nominate:


    Additional details on award criteria and nomination process can be found at Annual Awards. The deadline for award nomination is Friday, October 7, 2022. Awards will be presented during the VSHP Fall Seminar, November 4, 2022.  

  • 07/18/2022 5:20 PM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    VSHP held its annual residency forum on Friday, July 15.

  • 07/17/2022 7:00 AM | Steve Glass (Administrator)

    Governor Youngkin Announces Additional Key Administration Appointments


    • Ling Yuan of Henrico, Pharmacist, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System 
    • Dr. Wendy Clary Nash of Valentines, Pharmacist, Neil Medical Group  
    • Kristopher S. Ratliff of Marion, Doctor of Pharmacy 
    • Mrs. Patricia Lynn Richards-Spruill, RPh of Suffolk, retired pharmacist 
    • S. Lawrence Kocot of Alexandria 


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