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Posted by: Jordan Burdine on Jul 17, 2019

During the PPAG Annual Meeting this past April, the new Board of Directors took office. Shannon Manzi became President-Elect joining Hanna Phan (President), Miranda Nelson (Immediate Past-President), Cathy Poon (Treasurer), and Michael Chicella (Secretary) on the Executive Committee.

PPAG is excited to welcome Shannon Manzi as President Elect of PPAG. Dr. Manzi, a graduate of University of Rhode Island, has worked at Boston Children’s Hospital for over 20 years and currently serves as the Director of the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Service and Manager of ICU, Emergency, and Transplant Services. She was also one of the first pharmacists to receive a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Manzi has an impressive and inspiring background but one of the most fascinating things to talk to her about is her experience serving on the Federal Disaster Team. She is very passionate about disaster medicine and has been deployed to numerous natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Maria, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti where she worked out of a tent hospital for several weeks. Dr. Manzi’s involvement in PPAG started with frequently presenting at the annual meetings and joining the Education Committee. Since then she has presented at numerous conferences, received a Best Practice Award for her Pharmacogenomics program, been appointed a Fellow of PPAG, and has served on the Board for the past theee years as a director at large. Dr. Manzi’s advice to PPAG members who want to get more involved is to join a committee or SIG that interests you, ask questions and make connections via the list serves, and most importantly to bring the joy of what you love about pediatric pharmacy because ultimately, that is what makes PPAG.

 

Posted by: Matthew Helms on May 15, 2019

 

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that former PPAG Executive Director Henry "Hank" Wedemeyer passed away on May, 1, 2019 at home after a long battle with scleroderma. He was 76 years old.

Mr. Wedemeyer grew up in Overland, Missouri, the first son of Daniel and Eleanor Wedemeyer. After serving in the United States Army, Mr. Wedemeyer earned his bachelors and masters in pharmacy degrees from The Ohio State University, where he also completed a hospital residency program. He relocated to Denver, Colorado to embark on his new position as Director of Pharmacy at St. Luke’s Hospital where he successfully instituted the Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Residency programs. After serving as St. Luke's Hospital, he became the Director of Pharmacy at Children's Hospital Denver (now Colorado Children's Hospital). He left his position at Children’s Hospital to become the first full-time Executive Director of PPAG in 1998, serving through 2002. Following his service to PPAG, he served as Director of Pharmacy for the Metro Community Provider Network in Aurora, CO until his retirement in 2015. The Metro Community Provider Network is committed to serving low-income patients seeking care.

Mr. Wedemeyer was a charter member of Pharmacy Directors of Pediatric Hospitals (PDPH) in 1985 which later became the Pediatric Pharmacy Administrative Group (PPAG), now known as the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group.

While serving on the PPAG Board of Directors, Mr. Wedemeyer helped establish the Center for Pediatric Drug Information and the Pediatric Adverse Drug Event and Reaction Reporting (PADR) Program. During his tenure as Executive Director of PPAG, Mr. Wedemeyer launched PediNet (now MyPPAG), the first electronic bulletin board for PPAG members. During this time, PPAG became an approved provider of continuing pharmacy education by the American Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE). He is also responsible for organizing the first PPAG Specialty Conference that was dedicated to pharmacy practice in the NICU.

Mr. Wedemeyer is survived by his loving wife, Judy, three children: Christopher (Heather), Kimberly (Johnny) and Benjamin (Sarah). He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Cody, Austin, Annabelle, Gabriel, Sophia, Mitchell and Kaylee. Brother of Madeleine Rielley, Sister Dannel, SSND, Mary Eleanor Crook, Florence Murphy and Daniel Wedemeyer.

“On behalf of the members of PPAG, the Board of Directors expresses our condolences to the Wedemeyer Family. We remember Mr. Wedemeyer’s contributions to the profession and our organization. Recognizing where we came from unites and inspires us as we move into the future of the profession,” says Hanna Phan, current President of PPAG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Kevin Lonabaugh on Mar 7, 2019


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