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Pharmacy residency leadership
Jill Strykowski MS, RPh
Jill Strykowski is director of pharmacy at Mercy Hospital and Unity Hospital, part of Allina Health. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and her Master of Science in hospital pharmacy (experimental pharmacotherapy) from the University of Minnesota.
Her Master's thesis was entitled, Implementation and Outcome Analysis of an Anticoagulation Clinic. She has lectured on anti-thrombotic topics and has published a book chapter on safe use of antithrombotics in the inpatient setting.
Prior experience includes pharmaceutical research and drug development and the implementation of a large multi-disciplinary anticoagulation clinic. Most recent interests include emergency department pharmacist practice, pharmacy leadership, global health, geriatrics and changing models of care for pharmacy practice.
Jill is member of the Leadership Network Partners and has mentored many students through practice management and extended leadership focus. She received an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) grant on bedside bar-coding and recently published an article in American Journal of Health System Pharmacy. She currently serves on the Board of the Minnesota Pharmaceutical Association and will be president in 2013-2014.
In addition, she is member of the ASHP, Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Midwest College of Clinical Pharmacy and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Strykowski is a mentor to staff, students and residents. Jill is very interested in pharmacy practice in the developing world and precepts students in Africa as well as volunteers as a preceptor locally at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.
Jessica Swearingen, PharmD, BCPS
Jessica is the clinical pharmacy manager at Unity Hospital and the residency program director at Mercy and Unity Hospitals. Jessica received both her Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Following graduation, she moved to Tennessee where she worked at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and went on to complete a critical care/nutrition support specialty residency at the University of Tennessee and the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Following her residency, she practiced as a clinical pharmacy specialist in critical care at Methodist University Hospital and held an adjunct faculty position at the University of Tennessee, College of Pharmacy.
Prior to coming to Unity Hospital in 2013, Jessica worked as a clinical specialist at St. Joseph's Hospital, HealthEast Care System and as a staff pharmacist, clinical coordinator and clinical manager at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She has a passion for mentoring pharmacists, pharmacy students and residents; she has been a residency preceptor for more than 14 years and is a past residency program director for the Abbott Northwestern PGY1 residency program.
Jessica is an active member of Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy and a past president of Midwest College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Heather Blue, PharmD, BCPS
Heather Blue earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation she completed the ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency here at Mercy and Unity hospitals.
Heather currently works in all areas of clinical pharmacy at Mercy, focusing her practice in the emergency department. She is the residency coordinator at Mercy and precepts pharmacy students on rotation. Heather also participates in the pharmacy mentor program at the University of Minnesota.
In 2010, she passed the BCPS exam to become board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist. In 2011, she accepted a part-time position working as the consulting pharmacist for Allina Health, Geriatric Services of Minnesota and Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO), focusing on improving care while decreasing costs for this geriatric population.
Jeralyn Furst, PharmD, BCPS
Jeralyn is a staff pharmacist at Mercy Hospital and a co-coordinator for the residency program at Mercy and Unity hospitals. She obtained her PharmD from the University of Minnesota.
After graduation, she completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her current position she works in all areas of the hospital, with a primary focus on the cardiology and intensive care units. She is a preceptor for students and residents for in a cardiology rotation. In 2010, Jeralyn passed the Board Certified of Pharmacy Specialties exam and to become board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist.
Kim Glasoe, PharmD
Kim Glasoe obtained a Bachelor of Science in psychology from North Dakota State University in 1997 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2002. After graduation she was employed at Hennepin County Medical Center having opportunities to work in both family practice, internal medicine clinics and outpatient pharmacy settings.
With a move to Wheatridge, Colorado, Kim was hired as a staff pharmacist at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center with primary staffing in the emergency department.
Kim has been employed at Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health since 2006 and helped establish the dedicated emergency medicine pharmacist service at Mercy. In 2009 she helped create a Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) with Mercy Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Physician Group (EPPA), to manage discharged patients’ abnormal lab and cultures. She presented a poster at American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear 2011 in New Orleans on the CPA and data during the first year of implementation.
Kim maintains Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications and is a PALS instructor for Allina Health education services. In 2010 she elected to start a five-week emergency medicine rotation with the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy and in 2011 Kim was awarded Preceptor of the Year. Mercy has had an ASHP accredited residency program since 2004 and in 2011 the emergency medicine rotation became a required rotation. At ASHP Midyear 2012 her abstract for high-dose insulin order set development was accepted for the poster presentation session and was selected to present “Intranasal Midazolam” during the Emergency Medicine Pearls Session. Her work on high-dose insulin was selected to be published in the Pharmacy Practice News Journal March issue in 2013. She will also be presenting her poster on high-dose insulin at the midyear conference for MSHP in 2013.
Kelly Ruziska, PharmD
Kelly received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in 2006 and completed her pharmacy practice residency at Mercy and Unity hospitals in 2007. She works as staff clinical pharmacist primarily in the ICU and cardiology units, with some time in the emergency department.
Kelly serves as resident preceptor for critical care rotation, has precepted internal medicine and staffing rotations in the past, and is the student coordinator and preceptor for college of pharmacy students on rotations. Her interest in teaching provided her an opportunity to become a clinical liaison to Allina Medical Clinics, where she educates INR nurses on anticoagulation. She also works as hospital coordinator for the Tech-Check-Tech program at Mercy. Kelly obtained board certification in pharmacotherapy in 2012.
Venessa McConkey PharmD, BCPS
Venessa is a staff pharmacist and residency coordinator at Unity Hospital. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in 2007 and completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited pharmacy practice residency at Mercy and Unity Hospitals in 2008.
In 2009, Venessa passed the Board Certified of Pharmacy Specialties exam to become board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist. In her current position, she works in all areas of the hospital with a primary focus in the intensive care unit and the OR. She is a preceptor for the critical care, staffing and psychiatry/substance abuse residency rotations, as well as for college of pharmacy students. Venessa also serves as the coordinator for the Tech-Check-Tech program at Unity Hospital.
Nicole Nelson PharmD, BCPS
Nicole Nelson earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2005 from the University of Minnesota.
From 2005-2006, she received specialized training as a critical care pharmacy resident at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the fall of 2007, Nicole passed the BCPS exam and became board certified as pharmacotherapy specialist. Nicole is currently a clinical pharmacist at Unity Hospital.
Justin Hora, PharmD
Justin received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from South Dakota State University in 2006.
He completed his pharmacy practice residency at Mercy and Unity Hospitals in 2007. He currently works as a clinical pharmacist at Mercy Hospital and serves as the preceptor for the pain rotation.
Brent Kosel PharmD
Brent Kosel is pharmacy operations manager at Mercy Hospital. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University in May of 1994.
He completed a masters residency in hospital pharmacy administration at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Brent has prior experience as a critical care specialist and manager in various practice settings. His interests include medication safety, automation and regulatory compliance.
Dan Niznick PharmD
Dan is the pharmacy operations manager at Unity Hospital. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2005.
In his current position he is responsible for the daily operations of the pharmacy, including management of drug purchasing and distribution, management of controlled substances, regulatory compliance, and other key areas. In addition to operations duties, Dan focuses on pharmacy informatics and the use of data to improve operations and clinical outcomes. Dan has also assisted with the implementation of remote verification for two community hospitals.
Peter Nyhus, PharmD, BCPS
Peter Nyhus received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota-College of Pharmacy. Following graduation he took a staff position at Mercy Hospital working in the oncology, med/surg, intensive care unit, cardiology and operating room areas.
After working more than five years years in a staff role, Peter took a position as clinical manager for the pharmacy department. Peter has been a preceptor for college of pharmacy students as well as pharmacy practice residents. Current areas of interest include glycemic control and anticoagulation therapy.
Sarah Thunselle, PharmD
Sarah Thunselle graduated pharmacy school with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She went on to do her PGY1 residency at the Puget Sound VA Hospital in Seattle, Washington.
Upon completion, she worked for Group Health Cooperative as an area clinical pharmacist under collaborative practice agreements in ambulatory care, as well as for Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) improvement initiatives, and medication reconciliation pilot programs. Sarah currently works as a clinical pharmacist in the operating room, intensive care unit, Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit and oncology floor at Unity Hospital. Sarah is the longitudinal patient education preceptor for Mercy and Unity Hospital's PGY1 residency program focusing on a bariatric clinic and congestive heart failure clinic.
Ann Wigton, PharmD, BCPS
Ann attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota where she earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Chemistry in 2006 before moving on to pharmacy school at Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions in Omaha, Nebraska.
After graduating in 2010 she moved on to do a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After completing her PGY1 Pharmacy Residency she moved back to Minnesota to complete a PGY2 Pharmacy Residency in infectious diseases at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Ann is now a pharmacist at Unity Hospital and will also be heading up the infectious diseases rotation for the PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Unity/Mercy. Ann has also been very involved in MSHP by giving clinical pearl presentations at Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) midyear and annual meetings and participating in the MSHP/College of Pharmacy Task Force. She currently represents Unity on the Allina Health Physician/Pharmacist ID Task Force and is always looking for ways to be involved especially with activities concerning students and residents and issues pertaining to infectious diseases.
Ashley Philibert PharmD
Ashley completed the Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2010. She went on to complete a PGY1 pharmacy practice residency at Mercy and Unity Hospitals prior to taking on her current position as a clinical pharmacist at Mercy hospital.
Ashley has a strong interest in leadership and development and completed the leadership emphasis program at the University of Minnesota. During her residency she maintained her focus on leadership. Ashley is currently involved in a system wide project to determine the pharmacist’s role in reducing potentially preventable readmissions.
Jenny Chapeau PharmD BCPS
Jenny Chapeau received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2004. She also completed a specialized residency in critical care at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis in 2005.
After residency, she started her career at the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), Fairview where she practiced as a clinical pharmacist in the adult medical, surgical and cardiovascular intensive care units. She was also a co-developer and co-coordinator of the pharmacist development program at UMMC, Fairview which has now become a big part of the two-year management residency program experience. After six years at UMMC, Fairview, she furthered her career at Unity Hospital as a clinical pharmacist. Jenny has been a Board Certified Pharmaceutical Specialist (BCPS) since 2006.
Jenna Paulson, PharmD
Jenna earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2011 from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She completed her PGY1 residency at Mercy and Unity Hospitals.
Upon completion of her residency in 2012, she remained at Mercy Hospital, where she works as an emergency medicine pharmacist. She is involved in the follow up of cultures and abnormal lab results through an emergency department collaborative practice agreement with the emergency medicine physicians. Jenna maintains Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications.
Jenna Phelps PharmD
Jenna Phelps is an emergency medicine pharmacist at Unity Hospital.
Jenna earned her PharmD degree from Drake University in 2010, and completed her PGY1 residency at Mercy and Unity Hospitals in 2011. She currently is a primary preceptor for both students and residents during their emergency medicine rotations. Jenna maintains Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certifications.
Jeannine Asp PharmD
Jeanine Asp earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from North Dakota State University in 1987 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in 2011.
She recently attained Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy. Prior to joining the team at Unity Pharmacy, Jeanine was a staff pharmacist at Mercy for several years. She works in all areas of the hospital and enjoys this diversification. Jeanine is excited about the opportunity to co-precept the internal medicine rotation.
Joe Kristoff, PharmD, BCPS
Joe received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota in 2011.
He completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mercy and Unity Hospitals in 2012. He is currently a clinical pharmacist at Unity Hospital focusing on transitions of care and interventions in patient self-management.