Alumnus Steven Simenson Receives Outstanding Achievement Award
Steven Simenson, a 1977 (BPharm) graduate of the College of Pharmacy and CEO and managing partner of Goodrich Pharmacy, Inc., has been selected by the University’s Board of Regents to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award. The award is the U’s highest non-degree honor. University President Dr. Eric Kaler will present the award to Simenson on June 28.
Simenson was recognized for his innovation in pharmacy practice, and his leadership in his community and pharmacy in both Minnesota and nationally.
"Steve is perhaps the state of Minnesota's foremost community pharmacist who is often recognized nationally as a key example of what a community pharmacy and pharmacist can do to bring direct patient care services to its patients," said Marilyn Speedie, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “In a profession that is changing its focus from product to patient care, Steve is a pioneer and a leader. He demonstrates what is possible and then helps others do it as well.”
Simenson joined Goodrich pharmacy of Anoka in 1981. Under his leadership, the practice has grown to six locations and the services offered have expanded from traditional dispensing services to include immunizations, asthma management, blood-pressure monitoring, cholesterol screening, custom compounding (human and veterinary), diabetes management, medication therapy management, smoking cessation, as well as health services to employers.
Simenson was instrumental in Goodrich Pharmacy becoming one of the first pharmacy practices to be connected to a health system’s patient electronic medical record. This connectivity is now a national model for improving patient care by facilitating interdisciplinary practice.
He is a renowned pharmacy leader who has served as president of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association in 2000, and of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in 2014. He has been recognized for his leadership with a number of awards, including fellowship status in APhA, the Bowl of Hygiea Award, and the Distinguished Pharmacist Award from the Pharmacy Alumni Society.
He also serves on the college’s National Board of Advisors, and as a mentor and preceptor to pharmacy students and residents.
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The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, the only school of pharmacy in Minnesota, offers its program on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Founded in 1892, the College of Pharmacy educates pharmacists and scientists and engages in research and practice to improve the health of the people of Minnesota and society. The college is part of the Academic Health Center, which is home to the University of Minnesota’s six health professional schools and colleges as well as several health-related centers and institutes.