Bronson Pharmacy Manager Named Pharmacist of the Year - Bronson Healthcare

Published on July 24, 2008

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Bronson pharmacy manager Frederick Schmidt, RPh, MM, received the 2008 Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA). This award is Michigan’s highest honor in the pharmacy profession.

The MPA Pharmacist of the Year Award is given to a pharmacist who demonstrates professional excellence and exemplary service to the profession in advancing public health at either the state or local level. Schmidt displays all the traits and characteristics of someone with a true commitment to advancing the pharmacy profession and Michigan’s healthcare system.

“It is truly an honor,” says Schmidt. “For me, it’s really about total involvement in the pharmacy profession. From educating the next generation of pharmacists to partnering with nurses and doctors on patient care issues to serving as a resource for legislators, it’s very rewarding to realize you’ve had a hand in developing the profession and really helped patients.”

Schmidt has demonstrated his commitment to the pharmacy profession and his peers through his activities with MPA, the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), and the Western Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists. A member of MPA since 1976, he has served on the MPA Membership Committee and as a delegate to the MPA House of Delegates. Additionally, he has been a member of the MSHP Membership, Educational Affairs and Professional & Legal Affairs Committees. Schmidt is currently serving on the MSHP Board of Directors in the capacity of immediate past president. From 1992 to 1997, he was a member of the Pharmacy Political Action Committee Board of Directors. Schmidt is also a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a previous member of the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy Alumni Board.

In addition to his organizational involvement, Schmidt has been actively engaged in political advocacy for pharmacy by attending political events and meeting with legislators at both the state and national levels to discuss pharmacy issues. Notably, Schmidt has been an active promoter of “Take Your Legislator To Work Day.” He has also strongly encouraged his hospital staff to become involved with emergency preparedness issues.

“Bronson is honored to have a pharmacist of this caliber on our leadership team,” says David Short, PharmD, Bronson pharmacy director. “Fred has been an integral part in helping our organization and others understand the value of pharmacy. At Bronson, pharmacists are actively involved in the clinical teams to improve patient care. They are on the units and work with doctors, nurses and patients to recommend appropriate medications and reduce the likelihood of medication errors. This has been especially successful in the Emergency Department as pharmacists and technicians interview patients to obtain a thorough medication history. Fred has served as a champion for this forward-thinking model which is being implemented at other hospitals.”

The MPA, serving more than 3,000 pharmacy professionals, strives to be a leader in professional and scientific advancement by following its mission of encouraging and supporting its members as the professionals responsible for the delivery of patient-focused care.

About Bronson Methodist Hospital

Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 380 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty—cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology—with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only four children's hospitals in the state. The hospital is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence, and was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2005 by Solucient.

Bronson Healthcare Group is one of Kalamazoo’s largest employers and has been ranked for five consecutive years by Working Mother magazine as one of the nation’s 100 best companies to work for. Annually, Bronson provides more than $37 million in community benefits through outreach and charitable care for the un- and under-insured. Bronson also serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients of any Michigan hospital outside of southeast Michigan.