By Kevin Turner
Editor, Southeastern Grocers Community Connections
Eighteen BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie pharmacists were honored with 2014-15 Pharmacist of the Year awards in an Oct. 7 ceremony at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.
“We have many, many exceptional pharmacists,” said Southeastern Grocers Vice President of Pharmacy John Fegan. “These are the stars of the stars.”
Fegan noted that the awards are given during American Pharmacists Month and that winners are chosen based on an objective mix of measurements, including customer service ranking, clinical services and medication therapy management, pharmacy financial performance and community involvement.
“Many are involved in church missions, nursing homes and community organizations—either because of their family, their interests or both,” said Fegan.
Since the introduction of the award, Fegan said winners have also provided critical information and feedback to pharmacy leadership by acting as a sounding board before programs and initiatives are rolled out.
It was the sixth time the company has honored its most outstanding pharmacists, and this year’s ceremony marked a first: Tracy Lemoine, R.Ph., of Winn-Dixie store No.599 in Fairhope, Alabama, became the first Southeastern Grocers pharmacist to win the award twice.
That’s a testament to Lemoine’s excellence, but also underscores the fact that a variety of pharmacists have been honored with the award over the years, Fegan said.
“We expect that each year the people who come close to making it will see that next year is their year,” he said.
The Pharmacist of the Year Award winners for 2014-15 are:
Rachel Bennett, R.Ph. — Harveys store No. 1665 in Hahira, Georgia
Sandy Bissant, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.1472 in New Orleans
Barbara Eischens, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.543 in Selma, Alabama
Betty Emery, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.2261 in Tavares, Florida
Rachel Ferris, R.Ph. — BI-LO store No.5161 in Greer, South Carolina
Atif Henen, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.2220 in Beverly Hills, Florida
Delyn Kennedy, R.Ph. — BI-LO store No. 5526 in Irmo, South Carolina
Tracy Lemoine, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.599 in Fairhope, Alabama
Kim Paul Lormier, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.2328 in Melbourne, Florida
Lia Farris-Lovoy, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.411 in Clanton, Alabama
Licet Martel, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.231 in Hialeah, Florida
Dick Mayhew, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.619 in Sun City Center, Florida
Devaki Nadkarni, R.Ph. — BI-LO store No.5268 in Chester, South Carolina
Kim Nguyen, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.1444 in Luling, Louisiana
Thalia Patten, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No. 107 in Jacksonville, Florida
Jaimin Taktawala, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.697 in Tampa, Florida
Ellen Villones, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.153 in Jacksonville, Florida
Nick Zapletal, R.Ph. — Winn-Dixie store No.290 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The 2014-15 Pharmacist of the Year trophy.