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Posted by: Matthew Helms on Apr 18, 2018

Jared Cash, PharmD, FPPAG has been named the 2018 recipient of the Richard A. Helms Award of Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice. The Helms Award recognizes exemplary pediatric patient care, sustained and meritorious contributions to pediatric pharmacy practice and PPAG, contributions to education, and ​contributions of new knowledge.

Dr. Cash is currently the Director of Pharmacy at Intermountain Healthcare’s Primary Children’s Hospital is Salt Lake City, UT. He is also an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. His current position covers Primary Children's Hospital as well as a large Behavioral Health Campus, Riverton Surgery and Clinic Center, Layton Imaging Pediatrics, and all pediatric and NICU patients seen in 22 Intermountain Healthcare hospitals. During his 26 years at Primary Children’s Hospital he has been a Pediatric Intensive Care Pharmacist, PALS instructor, Pediatric Intensive Care Team Leader, Clinical Coordinator, and a Pharmacy Manager.

He received his Bachelors of Pharmacy from the University of Utah and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida. Dr. Cash is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. He recently completed his Masters of Business Administration. In 2018, he was named Fellow in the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.

An expert in pediatric medication safety, Dr. Cash was formally involved with the Institute of Safe Medication Practice (ISMP) as a pediatric consultant and completed on-site ISMP assessments at over twenty pediatric centers. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Panel for Lexi-Comp’s Pediatric and Neonatal Dosage Handbook and database.

Dr. Cash has been a member of PPAG for 21 years. He served on PPAG Board of Directors from 2011-2017. He served as the 2015-2016 PPAG President. Dr. Cash was instrumental in developing the Drug Development Committee, and he encouraged collaborative agreements and external relationships with like-minded organizations, like the American Academy of Pediatrics.

He and his colleagues have been awarded three PPAG Best Practice awards throughout the years:

  1. 2007- A Continuous Approach to Improving Pediatric Outcomes through Intravenous and Oral Medication Standardization
  2. 2009- Blinded Volume Verification in a Pediatric Bar-Code Medication Administration System to Reduce Wrong Dose Administration Errors
  3. 2017- Cystic Fibrosis Medication Adherence Measured by an Integrated Health-System Specialty Pharmacy Team


During his tenure at Primary Children’s Hospital, Dr. Cash integrated a pharmacist into a new Trauma Response Team and eventual hospital designation as Trauma One Center in 1998. He designed and developed standardized weight-based medication Trauma sheets still used today and part of code blue responses. Dr. Cash has improved pharmacy practice, including implementing an Antibiotic Stewardship Pharmacist, Cystic Fibrosis Clinic Pharmacist, second Transplant Pharmacist, Outpatient Behavioral Health Pharmacist, IT Technician, and IT Chemo Pharmacist.

The 2018 Helms Lecture will be presented during the 27th Annual PPAG Meeting on April 27, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT.

About PPAG
The mission of PPAG is to advocate for safe and effective medication use in children through education, collaboration, and research. The association’s 1,400 members include pharmacists, pharmacy residents, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who practice in various inpatient and outpatient care settings. For more information about the organization, go to www.ppag.org

For media inquiries, contact:
Matthew Helms, PPAG Executive Director
T. 901-820-4434
E. matthew.helms@ppag.org