January Faces of Pharmacy

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January Faces of Pharmacy:

Patricia Healy, CPhT
Pat Healy began her career in the 1970’s working at a Nursing Home in New York City. It was here that her interest in the health care field and working in the Pharmacy department sparked a passion for being involved in patient care. She formed ‘up close and personal’ relationships with some of the elderly residents – even taking them to her parents’ house for a home cooked meal and outside visit. Pat eventually moved on to working in Hospitals where her training of filling medications and understanding how to recognize drug interactions was amplified.

Pat joined the team Hackensack University and Medical Center in 1995 and went on to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Learning the operations of the pharmacy, calculating, and making all IVs is something that she loves to do. Pat has a genuine and steadfast purpose to create and maintain a safe, organized, and orderly work environment for her and her peers, strengthening a resolute confidence knowing she is providing her patients with the best level of responsible pharmaceutical care while maintaining medication safety.

Pat has honed many long-lasting friendships with co-workers and has formed bonds which extends past working hours. One recent phone call from a concerned co-worker when another worker had not arrived for his shift, turned into a life-saving wellness check. Pat’s decision to personally go to his home most likely saved his life after he suffered a debilitating medical issue.   

Pat is reliable, dedicated, disciplined, productive, and responsible. She attributes her upbringing for instilling this integral work ethic. “Work hard and make sure you love what you do in life” was something she heard often from her parents. 

Pat also loves and finds it most rewarding when she can share her compassion with patients - displaying an act of kindness, a hug (pre-COVID) or lending an empathetic ear. She has been called an angel. 

Pat is a lifelong resident of Bogota, NJ. When not working, she enjoys tending to her home and spending time with her life partner/love, Dennis. Once traveling out of the country is deemed safer, they will be planning a trip to Ireland. Pat loves spending time with family, and her niece and nephews who get a kick out of her quirkiness with them!

Working as a Pharmacy Technician during the Pandemic has been challenging for all areas of the hospital. The rewards of providing meds so patients can go home instead of staying in the hospital are gratifying. Pat and her team are able and willing to do whatever is called for and handle all aspects of the increased workflow and performing their duties with the added (albeit uncomfortable) PPE. 

Patricia Hoffman, PharmD, CDOE, CVDOE
Patricia’s path to pharmacy was non-traditional. She spent her formative childhood years living and traveling throughout Europe and the United States which influenced her love for language, culture, food and art. She graduated in 1998, from Miami University in Ohio with a Bachelors of Arts in Art History and French. In 2003, she decided to take a different path and go into Healthcare. Due to her love of chemistry, she chose Pharmacy and hasn’t looked back. In 2007, she graduated from the University of Rhode Island with her Doctor of Pharmacy.
Throughout her career, she has primarily worked as an inpatient hospital staff/clinical pharmacist. Although she enjoys the day to day operations of the inpatient pharmacy, she finds being the pharmacist on a multidisciplinary clinical team the most rewarding, as well as challenging. In this inpatient setting, she has worked alongside nurses, social workers, dietitians, students, and physicians in areas of practice including geriatric psychiatry, internal
medicine and critical care.

Currently, Patricia works at The Miriam Hospital, in Providence, RI, where she splits her time between inpatient and primary care. She is a certified diabetes and cardiovascular disease outpatient educator and has a certificate for interdisciplinary practice in Geriatrics. She provides one on one diabetes teaching as well as classroom setting diabetes lectures. In the primary care setting, her patient population is primarily low-income, uninsured, low health literacy with multiple chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, cirrhosis, and chronic kidney disease. She helps patients manage their disease states, navigate the healthcare system, and obtain medication and diabetic supplies. In addition, she supports them with medication adherence and provides medication therapy management as well as comprehensive medication reviews. Teaching patients about their medications and disease states, encouraging them to eat healthy and exercise, and seeing results when a patient starts to recover is an enriching experience for her.

Due to COVID-19, Patricia regrettably has not seen as many patients in person but does continue to reach out to them via telephone. Along with working in primary care, she continues to work inpatient which includes covering the ICU, during these trying times, and she is working extra hours in the vaccination clinic, dose prepping and immunizing. She is hopeful the vaccine will soon bring the pandemic to an end and that life will return to some semblance of normalcy. Throughout her career, she has been blessed with many excellent mentors who helped guide and shape her into the empathetic pharmacist that she is today. She hopes she can similarly pass this forward and inspire future pharmacists to share their kindness. If Patricia is not working, you can find her spending time with her family laughing, playing games, hiking, reading or eating one of the fabulous meals her husband prepares for her.

Pavel Prusakov, PharmD, BCPPS, BCIDP

Pavel Prusakov, PharmD, BCPPS, BCIDP, is a clinical coordinator for 7 neonatal intensive care units operated by Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH) in Columbus OH. He has developed a passion for antimicrobial stewardship (ASP) while working alongside pioneers of ASP, Pablo Sanchez, MD and Debra A Goff, PharmD. He is a co-chair of a NICU-specific citywide ASP committee. This committee is one of a kind involving private and academic neonatology groups to improve antimicrobial prescribing. Since the initiation of the committee in 2018, duration of antibiotic use has been reduced by over 30%. Recently, Pavel has led international research effort, NO-More-AntibioticS and Resistance (NO-MAS-R) study group which included 84 hospitals across 29 countries to benchmark antimicrobial use in infants. NO-MAS-R study has been accepted for publication in the EClinicalMedicine by The Lancet.
Pavel is actively involved in the research institute collaborative at NCH which incorporates utilization of data driven approaches such as machine learning with clinical care. Pavel has spearheaded several projects to improve care across the NICUs in Columbus. Pavel precepts pharmacy residents and students from several colleges of pharmacy while also serving as preceptor to international pharmacy and medicine scholars from South America, Africa and Middle East.
Pavel values spending time with his family above all. While travelling is still limited, he and his wife Ashley try to recreate dishes they’ve encountered on their travels. He tries to get his son to root for Arsenal FC and Blackhawks hockey.

Bryan Sackey, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

Dr. Bryan Sackey, a D.C. Metropolitan native, completed his undergraduate training at the University of Maryland College Park and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Howard University.  During his pharmacy school tenure, Dr. Sackey established the Pharmacy Initiative Leaders program (PILs), which has since transformed into a nation-wide non-profit organization dedicated to providing premier resources for pharmacy enthusiasts in underserved communities.  Additionally, Dr. Sackey was a founding member of several other initiatives including “Tutor the Youth” and the first ever pharmacy focused Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) in the nation.

After receiving his PharmD, Dr. Sackey pursued a Post Graduate Year-1 (PGY-1) residency training at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Houston, Texas and completed a PGY-2 in Psychiatry at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital. Dr Sackey currently serves as a Psychopharmacologist at the San Antonio VA as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Additionally, Dr. Sackey serves as the CEO of the PILs Program and is involved with several national pharmacy organizations including the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP).
Dr. Sackey is well versed in topics ranging from mental health disparities, population health (i.e. COVID-19), and minority leadership development as evidenced by his numerous speaking engagements on various national platforms. Currently, Dr. Sackey is working to launch the “Your Mind is Our Business” project which is dedicated towards bringing mental health awareness to minority communities and the associated healing process. Dr. Sackey's passion involves helping to break the barriers of mental health in our communities and increase access to care in minority populations. Through his experiences, Dr. Sackey hopes to EMPOWER others to achieve beyond the perceived limitations of our society.