February Faces of Pharmacy

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February Faces of Pharmacy:

Rose DiMarco, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP

Rose DiMarco, a Philadelphia-area native, received her doctorate from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at The University of the Sciences in 2013. After graduation, she began her career at the former Pinnacle Health Harrisburg Hospital (now UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg Hospital) as a Clinical Staff Pharmacist. At Pinnacle Health, Rose received training in various pharmacy specialties, including oncology. After leaving Pinnacle Health, she returned to Philadelphia and began working at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Unit-Based Clinical Pharmacist in the oncology infusion center. Rose is Board-Certified in both Pharmacotherapy and Oncology. Currently, she is working at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) as an Ambulatory Oncology Pharmacist specializing in Breast and Gynecologic Cancer. In clinic, Rose provides her patients with education on chemotherapy and supportive care, monitors them for toxicities, and works with insurance companies and outpatient pharmacies to ensure they receive the most cost-effective treatments. In addition to her work in the clinic, she also presents at the Jefferson Cancer Support Center to members of the community on topics such as Chemotherapy Side Effects, Targeted Therapy, Supportive Care Management, and Insomnia in Cancer Patients. Rose is a preceptor for APPE and IPPE students and is developing a rotation for PGY1 residents. She is a member of the Protocol Review Committee which evaluates all clinical trials involving patients with cancer at the SKCC. She is a member of Jefferson’s Biosimilar Implementation Task Force which reviews new biosimilar approvals for formulary addition. Rose also contributes to patient safety by updating institutional guidelines and participating in policy development and maintenance.  

When her white coat is off, Rose likes to enjoy her free time with her boyfriend Drew, her nephew Vinny, and her beautiful cat Kira.

Adriane Marino, PharmD, BCPS, CPP

Adriane Marino is an ambulatory care pharmacist working in rural North Carolina. Adriane attended Wingate University School of Pharmacy and completed an ambulatory care PGY1 pharmacy residency through Wingate as well. After finishing residency, Adriane worked in academia and internal medicine.  She now works for a large health system in North Carolina, Atrium Health (previously Carolinas HealthCare System). Adriane works in a somewhat unique ambulatory care management role within the population health sector of Atrium Health. She works as part of a multidisciplinary team of nurses, health advocates, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians. This team serves primary care providers, specialists, and patients in 4 rural counties. The team receives direct provider referrals for chronic condition and medication optimization. Medication access is a considerable amount of their work as well. Additionally, the team supports system-identified patients who frequent the emergency department and are at high risk for inpatient readmissions.  More recently, Atrium’s ambulatory care management teams have given additional focus to value-based contracts with insurance providers.

Adriane enjoys serving the community in which she grew up. She appreciates the ability to relate with patients and providers alike due to her community connection.

 Adriane is married (husband, Billy) and has a 6-year-old daughter (Ava) and a cavapoo puppy (Ruby). Adriane’s family lives in the Belmont, North Carolina area. 

Michael Schweitzer, BSPharm

Michael Schweitzer is a second-generation community pharmacist at Bedford Drug in his hometown of Bedford, IA.  He began his community pharmacy career after graduating from Creighton University in 1989 and has been actively involved in rural pharmacy and public health throughout his career.  Michael served as chairperson of the board of Alegent Health Hospital in Corning, IA and is presently the board chair of the Taylor County Public Health Agency in Bedford, IA.  He has served as adjunct faculty for Creighton University School of Pharmacy community pharmacy rotations and as a preceptor for local pharmacy students.  He has spent his career working to improve the quality of healthcare available to residents of rural Iowa.  Michael is presently involved in the CPESN Pharmacy Network and is participating in a University of Iowa-Iowa Department of Public Health cardiovascular MTM project as well as a Self-Management of Blood Pressure Program through the University of Iowa.  As chair of the local board of health, he is presently working to implement the local public health agency’s Covid-19 vaccination program and as a federal vaccine partner in the CPESN pharmacy network.  He is also working to establish collaborative practice agreements with rural health clinics in the Bedford area. 
Michael and his wife Chris have two adult sons (Andy and Tim) and have spent their free time involved in high school and youth sports, coaching basketball, and baseball.  Michael has been a high school sports official for the past 37 years.  

Rebecca Wagers, CPhT

Rebecca Wagers, CPhT, is the CEM of the Northeast Tennessee Independent Pharmacy Coalition, LLC and the Lead Network Facilitator for CPESN-NET (Northeast TN). She has been an advocate for community pharmacy since beginning her career in 1985, at Marcum’s Pharmacy in Kingsport, TN, where she still serves as Operations Manager.  During the early 90’s, in her role as LTC Pharmacy Manager, she saw a need for pharmacy services aimed at improved Quality of Life and reduced expense for patients and their families. Her mother’s struggles with crippling autoimmune and neurological disorders during a time when treatments for such were largely experimental and unproven, further ignited her passion to see the impact pharmacists could make in patient’s lives.

Drawing on her experience and lofty ideals, Rebecca utilized her skills to develop a pharmacy consulting business. Initially crafted to aid pharmacies in Medicare accreditation, her platform quickly expanded to Quality Improvement, employee training, process implementation, cash flow analysis, and establishing the pharmacies in value-based care models. She was hired by her clients to conduct legislator education, advocate for access to PBM contracts and improved reimbursement rates, and the progression of causes relevant to the pharmacy profession. She has had the privilege of addressing and impacting several legislative causes, including ensuring pharmacists billing privileges for certain DMEPOS items, and developing an abstract presented to the Tennessee House Assembly in 2007 addressing the opioid crisis at a time when its full impact was underestimated.

She lead the development of the Northeast Tennessee Independent Pharmacy Coalition with a mission to “care for our patients and improve outcomes by uniting independently owned and operated pharmacies through clinical services, improved inter-professional relations, and promotion of the public health through education, discussion and legislation.” The coalition was a grassroots effort that provided the basis for the development of CPESN-NET (Northeast Tennessee) chapter. Through one of the largest proposed multi-state ACO/CIN collaborations, the group was encouraged to embrace new practice models including med-sync, adherence solutions, home delivery, and transitions of care designed with patients and providers in mind. The group’s members piloted a pharmacy transformation project geared toward preparing pharmacies for clinical contracts which later grew into CPF’s Flip the Pharmacy. Through this success, Rebecca was able to assemble a talented team including leaders from 4 schools of pharmacy, and CPESN Networks in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee to develop the Greater Appalachian Transformation Effort (GATE).  Rebecca serves GATE, a two time Flip the Pharmacy award recipient serving over 100 pharmacies, as Practice Transformation Team Lead.

 Rebecca works closely with her team of skilled leaders and educators providing pharmacies with resources ensuring successful development of COVID response procedures, vaccination processes, and testing strategies. The high quality of her leadership team allows her to maintain progression of payer contract development and health system collaborations in her region and beyond.

When she's not working, Rebecca enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with her 3 daughters, 2 sons, a myriad of pets, and singing loudly with some old guys she calls a band.