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Teri Ferreira is 2016's Rodney D. Shafer Award Winner

Tuesday, September 06, 2016  
Posted by: Janet Anderson
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Rodney D. Shafer Award
Teri Ferreira, RPh

By leading the group of Long Term Care (LTC) Pharmacy owners and operators in the creation and passage of SB6203, Teri pulled in WHCA and WSPA in addition to financial backers to get this done.   This was an incredible effort that involved a lot of people, money and personal time.  SB6203 recognized that the current statutes and rules were outdated and did not reflect the current standard of practice in LTC as well as into the future.   The bill paved the way for rulemaking to ensure our LTC patients receive safe and timely access to medication services. Without this legislative effort, the LTC Pharmacies would have been forced to  conform to rules that did not reflect LTC pharmacy practice which would have caused unnecessary delay in care to our seniors.   

Teri is past President (2005/2006) of WSPA and continues to be active in the association as well as ASCP, WSPA and Leading Age of Washington.    She is currently General Manager for Consonus Healthcare which services over 5,000 nursing home and assisted living residents in the state.  Besides being responsible for day-to-day management of pharmacy operations, she helps customers implement electronic medical records technology and strategize opportunities to reduce costs associated with medications.   

In addition to her current responsibilities, Teri is also an active supporter of the Vital Life Foundation.  Through this foundation in conjunction with JFR (Jessie F. Richardson Foundation), Teri was able to help develop and train to a safe medication program in an hogar (nursing home) that is a national training site in Jinotepe, Nicaragua.   They continue to struggle with the availability/sustainability of much needed medications.  Teri is now working with other groups on how to provide them what they need.  

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