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Release: June 13, 2002

UI's Nelson to receive pharmacist award

The Iowa Pharmacy Association's Board of Trustees will present its Health-System Pharmacist of the Year Award to Steven Nelson, associate director of pharmacy at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, during the 2002 Iowa Pharmacy Association annual meeting June 22 in West Des Moines.

The award, supported by the pharmaceutical manufacturing company Pfizer Inc., was established to annually recognize an outstanding pharmacist who practices in a health system setting.

Tom Temple, executive vice president and CEO of the Iowa Pharmacy Association, in announcing the award, congratulated Nelson for his selection and said, "Your commitment to pharmacy in Iowa and the Iowa Pharmacy Association is greatly appreciated. This award is richly deserved."

Nelson was nominated for the honor because of his ongoing commitment to patient safety. He has managerial responsibility for the pharmacy's automated information and drug distribution systems, human resources development, the department's quality improvement programs, and sterile product compounding and distribution for the hospital and its affiliated home infusion service.

Nelson joined the staff of UI Hospitals and Clinics in 1985. He served previously as assistant director and senior assistant director of pharmacy for inpatient care services, and from 1996 to 1998 as interim department director. Prior to coming to UI Hospitals and Clinics, he worked for Veterans Administration hospitals in Columbia, Mo. and Fargo, N.D., where he became chief of pharmacy services. Nelson is active in the Iowa Pharmacy Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Paul Abramowitz, Pharm.D., director of UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Pharmaceutical Care and professor of clinical and administrative pharmacy at the UI College of Pharmacy, commented, "We are proud and extremely fortunate to have a pharmacy manager like Steve Nelson on the staff of our department. We are very pleased that his experience and expertise are being recognized by the pharmacy profession with this highly distinguished honor."

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