Heather Blue, Sarah Westberg Inducted into the Academy for Excellence in Health Care Practice
Heather Blue, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., B.C.G.B.; and Sarah Westberg, Pharm.D., F.C.C.P., B.C.P.S., have been selected as inductees into the Academy for Excellence in Health Care Practice, which is the highest recognition of excellence in the practice or provision of health care by Academic Health Center faculty. Those selected have demonstrated their ability to deliver the highest level of health care, using appropriate metrics as further defined by their AHC college or school and/or developed and implemented an important innovation for health care delivery with proven efficacy. Academy members have also demonstrated the highest level of ethics and professionalism during their career.
Blue, an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences, develops pharmacy services in the emergency department at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn. She also focuses on the pharmacist’s role within healthcare to work towards solutions for the opioid epidemic, including education and increasing the availability of naloxone for patients.
Westberg, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, is a clinical pharmacist on an interprofessional team at Women’s Health Specialists Clinic in Minneapolis. Her expertise is in several areas of women’s health, including osteoporosis, menopause, medication use in pregnancy.
About the Academies for Excellence
Members of the Academies for Excellence are elected to lifetime membership in one of three academies: the Academy for Excellence in Health Research; the Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; and the Academy for Excellence in Health Care Practice, which is new for 2018.
Past inductees from the College of Pharmacy include Philip Portoghese (2003, Academy for Excellence in Health Research), Robert Vince (2009, Academy for Excellence in Health Research), Kristin Janke (2011, Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), Gunda Georg (2013, Academy for Excellence in Health Research), and Amy Pittenger (2015, Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning).