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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy alumni are out in the world fulfilling our mission to improve global health and making headlines as they do it. This is a source of pride that honors us and as such we would like to feature you. Have you been featured in local or national news or been interviewed for a television show? If so, tell us about it to be included (click on the button below).

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April 5, 2021

NSU COP Alumnus, Richard Ashworth, Pharm.D. ('99) appointed to the Board of American Society on Aging

Dr. Ashworth

NSU COP would like to congratulate alumnus Richard Ashworth, M.B.A., Pharm.D. (‘99) for his appointment to the American Society on Aging board. Ashworth is the President and CEO of Tivity Health, which is a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, with flagship brands like — SilverSneakers®, Nutrisystem®, Prime® Fitness, Wisely Well™, South Beach Diet® and WholeHealth Living®.  Previously, Ashworth was president of pharmacy and retail operations for Walgreens from 2014 to 2017, president of operations 2017 to 2020, and then as president of Walgreens until June 2020. We are incredibly proud of the work our alumni are doing to advance the pharmacy profession.

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April 2, 2021

National Pharmaceutical Council Appoints John M. O’Brien, Pharm.D. ('00) as President and CEO

Dr. Obrien

The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), a health policy research organization dedicated to the advancement of evidence, science and medical innovation, today announced the appointment of veteran drug pricing and health policy expert John M. O’Brien, M.P.H., Pharm.D. ('00), as president and chief executive officer. O’Brien, who will assume the role on June 1, will be responsible for overseeing NPC’s policy research and communications capacity, partnerships with other health care organizations, and strategic vision. O’Brien’s broad experience spans the private sector, academia and government. Prior to joining NPC, O’Brien was senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and deputy assistant secretary of planning and evaluation (health policy). He has also held senior policy positions in the life sciences and managed care industries, including at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, was a career official at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) during the Obama administration, and served as a health policy fellow in the U.S. Senate.

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March 26, 2021

NSU COP celebrates Women’s History Month

Dr. Goodnow

Venessa Goodnow, Pharm.D. (‘98) is one of the phenomenal women being recognized this month as a trailblazer by the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA) South Florida Chapter's 2020-2021 Honorees at the 17th Annual Women's History Month reception. The annual event honors women committed to excellence in public service.

Dr. Goodnow is the chief pharmacy officer at Jackson Health System.

NSU COP congratulates Dr. Goodnow and all the phenomenal leaders contributing to making advances for women all over.

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March 22, 2021

Melissa Ortega, Pharm.D. ('10) appointed to chair the ASHP’s Section of Community Pharmacy Practitioners Executive Committee

Dr. Ashworth

Melissa Ortega, M.S., Pharm.D. ('10) was appointed to chair the ASHP's section of Community Pharmacy Practitioners executive committee. Dr. Ortega has focused her career championing pharmacy practice advancement initiatives, locally and nationally. In the past ten years, Dr. Ortega moved the needle in pharmacy practice by continuously devoting efforts in promoting the ASHP Pharmacy Practice Model Initiative at her organization and facilitating state affiliate summits. As a proud member of the Tufts Medical Center pharmacy leadership team, she established pharmacy programs in emergency medicine, ambulatory care, sterile compounding, technician advancement, residency training, and specialty pharmacy. She has also implemented technologies within the medication use system to promote safe dispensing and preparation practice.

Dr. Ortega is an active member of the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists, including the 2018 MSHP President, and continues her service as the Legislative Committee Chair. Nationally, Dr. Ortega has a sustained contribution to the ASHP Sections for Pharmacy Practice Leaders to help foster effective pharmacy leadership skills, including Faculty of the ASHP Manager’s Boot Camp, Chair of the Education Steering Committee, and an advisory group member. Dr. Ortega has also led the ASHP New Practitioners Advocacy Advisory Group and served on the Council for Public Policy, promoting advocacy as a professional obligation. Recently, she received an honor to participate in the Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce.

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February 05, 2021

NSU COP Alumni participate in administering COVID-19 vaccines in the nursing homes throughout Miami-Dade County

Dr. Maravent

Michelle Gonzalez Costa, Pharm.D. ('02) and Stacey Maravent, Pharm.D. ('02) are administering the COVID vaccine together at skilled and assisted nursing homes throughout Miami-Dade County.  Dr. Gonzalez Costa was working as a floater pharmacist for CVS when she was tapped for this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Dr. Maravent said "Each time I hold the vaccine in my hand I am amazed that I can contribute to the immunization effort."  They have administered hundreds of doses together and look forward to administering many more as the vaccination effort continues. More on Vital Vaccinators on the Donor Connection website.

January 18, 2021

NSU COP Alumnus, Osmel "Ozzie" Delgado, Pharm.D. ('02) Accepts New Role at Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo)

Ozzi Delgado ('13)

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the national leader in musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management, has announced that Osmel "Ozzie" Delgado, Pharm.D. ('02) will now lead the company as Chief Operating Officer.

As the Chief Operating Officer at HOPCo, his role will be to improve operational efficiencies and process redesign to help further drive value-based musculoskeletal care on a national level by working directly with clinical and non-clinical leadership teams.  Ozzie has over 18 years of healthcare experience and has held a progression of leadership roles within Cleveland Clinic Florida, including the Director of Pharmacy, the Administrative Director of Clinical Operations, Senior Director of Operations, and most recently, Chief Operating Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Florida region.

Dec, 18, 2020

NSU Alumna Makes National Headlines

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Dorinda Segovia, M.B.A., Pharm.D. (‘92), vice president of pharmacy services at Memorial Healthcare System (MHS), who was one of the first pharmacists to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in South Florida, made national headlines for discovering additional vaccine doses within each vial.

Segovia’s discovery is great news as the country looks to return to normal as soon as possible. The additional doses per vial will significantly increase the number of people who can receive the vaccine.

In a news conference held by Memorial Healthcare System last week, Segovia said, “…We have calculated that we can actually vaccinate seven patients per vial because of the overfill in the vial.” The previously announced number of doses in each vial was calculated to be only five doses.

According to an article published in the New York Post, the additional doses can increase the nation’s supply by up to 40%, given that the FDA has now approved the use of the additional doses. Previous to this approval, many were discarding the surplus contained in the vials as overfills, while normal, don’t usually contain enough for additional doses. This increase means that the initial 2.9 million doses that were distributed to hospitals across the nation could be more like 4 million available doses.

Dec. 17, 2020

College of Pharmacy Alumni leads the charge to vaccinate front line workers at Westside Regional Hospital

Vaccination

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy alumni, Ahmed Irfan Mujeebuddin, Pharm.D. (‘11), the current pharmacy operations manager at Westside Regional Medical Center along with Chih Chin, Pharm.D. (‘11), director of pharmacy and Shivana Syne, Pharm.D. (‘04), division director of pharmacy operations, East Florida Division at HCA were recognized for their roles in preparing and distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to hospital employees.

“I’m proud to be part of this amazing organization that has done so much in the last year for its employees and for its clients. It feels great to be involved in such an amazing historic event and to be witnessing one,” Mujeebuddin said.
These alums are part of the pharmacy team that is responsible for the groundwork and delivery of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. West Side Regional received the vaccine last week and immediately started the vaccination of its employees.

West Side Regional is a partner of NSU, educating pharmacy students during the Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. This partnership is providing our students a front row seat in this historic event and preparing them to dominate in the field of pharmacy.

Dec. 16, 2020

College of Pharmacy Alumna Yenia Silva, Pharm.D. ('10) is the first pharmacist in South Florida to receive the COVID-19 shipment from Pfizer

Dr. Segovia

Yenia Silva, M.B.A., Pharm.D (’10), Director of Operations at Memorial Specialty Pharmacy is the first pharmacist in South Florida to receive the COVID-19 shipment from Pfizer.  Dr. Silva,  who works at Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) in Broward assisted in orchestrating the storage of the vaccine and the logistics for massive vaccination efforts for MHS.  Using the MHS COVID -19 vaccine inventory, she helps coordinate inventory deployment for off-site vaccine clinics at  Broward Health, Westside, Cleveland Clinic, Plantation General, Florida Medical Center.   Pictured here is  Dr. Silva receiving her COVID-19 vaccine from NSU COP alumni Jacqueline Di Piazza, Pharm. D ('07).

Dec. 16, 2020

College of Pharmacy Alumna Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D.  ('92) gets Covid-19 vaccine in Miramar

Dr. Segovia

Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy alumna Dorinda Segovia, M.B.A., Pharm.D. (‘92), vice president of pharmacy services at Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) receives the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in Miramar. She was one of the first pharmacists to receive the vaccine in South Florida. The vaccine was administered by alumna Jacqueline Di Piazza ('07), the first pharmacist to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in South Florida.

MHS is one of the first health care systems in South Florida to receive over 19,500 doses of COVID-10 vaccines and aims to vaccinate 120 people per hour in the coming days.


MHS is host to NSU-COP students doing their Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Students at the hospital system are experiencing the challenges and opportunities being brought by the pandemic and are engaged in providing assistance to hospital pharmacists such as Dr. Segovia.

Dec. 10, 2020

Madeline Camejo, Pharm.D. ('97) featured in the news as South Florida health experts prepare for Covid vaccine to arrive

Dr. Madeline Camejo

Madeline Camejo, M.S., Pharm.D. ('97) was on the Today Show and on the NBC South Florida Channel 6 News as the health experts in South Florida prepare for the arrival of the Pfizer Covid vaccine. Dr. Camejo is the Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Baptist Health. She was interviewed about how Baptist Health will be storing the COVID-10 vaccine when it arrives. Dr. Camejo is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer for Baptist Health South Florida. Dr. Camejo is an experienced Pharmacy Executive overseeing multi-site facilities. She has over 23 years of working experience in hospital, ambulatory and Health Care. Skilled in Healthcare Consulting, Performance improvement, Acute Care, Ambulatory and Oncology Pharmacy Services. 

Nov. 25, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis appoints NSU COP Alumna, Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D. ('92) to the Board of Pharmacy 

Dr. Dorinda Segovia

Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D., NSU COP Alumna ('92), was appointed to the Board of Pharmacy by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. 
Dorinda Segovia, Pharm.D. ('92) is the Vice President of Pharmacy for Memorial Healthcare System.  She has been supporting the college of pharmacy community since 1992 as a student mentor, affiliate assistant professor, guest speaker and member of admissions and curriculum committees.  Her student-centered commitment made her the recipient of the 2008 Florida Pharmacists Association Jean Lamberti Mentorship Award.  She has been recognized by the Florida Society of Health System Pharmacists (FSHP) with the Excellence in Pharmacy Leadership award for being innovative and advancing the profession of pharmacy.  In 2002 she was appointed by the Governor to Florida’s Medicaid first Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee to assist in selecting a formulary for the underserved.   Dr. Segovia is actively involved in combating the opioid epidemic by educating our youths, and serves as vice chair in FSHP’s legal and regulatory counsel.

Dr. Blanca Rivera

In addition to Dr. Dorinda Segovia (’92), Blanca R. Rivera, C.Ph. M.S.Pharm., M.B.A. Pharm.D., ('90), also an NSU COP alumna, served on the Board of Pharmacy from 2017 through 2020 as a member and Chair of the Florida Board of Pharmacy Compounding Committee. 
Dr. Rivera is the Associate Vice President for Pharmacy Services for the University of Miami Health Systems. She is responsible for all the pharmacy services product line of UM Hospitals and affiliated clinics which currently consists of inpatient, outpatient, retail, specialty pharmacy, research pharmacy services, and oncology infusion services.  

Nov. 18, 2020

Jorge Garcia, Pharm.D., MS, MHA, MBA, FACHE ('10) named to the APhA Council to Guide Strategy to Engage Hospital and Health System Pharmacists

Dr. Jorge Garcia

The American Pharmacists Association proudly announces the formation of its inaugural Hospital and Health System Strategy Council. This distinguished group of pharmacists and pharmacy residents is charged with providing APhA guidance as it develops tools, resources and unique member benefits for pharmacists and leaders in hospital and health system practice.

NSU COP Alumnus Jorge Garcia, M.S., M.H.A., M.B.A., FACHE, Pharm.D., ('10) is a healthcare leader with over 9 years of experience in the academic and community health-system setting providing oversight of inpatient pharmacy operations as well as system-wide inpatient and ambulatory oncology pharmacy services. He has experience founding and chairing interdisciplinary committees such as the Medication Safety Committee and the Medication Revenue Integrity Committee to leverage quality of care and organizational value.

Nov. 17, 2020

Broward Health Executive Director of Pharmacy Services Elected to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Committee on Nominations

Dave Lacknauth, Pharm.D.,M.B.A.,M.S.

Dave Lacknauth, M.B.A., Pharm.D. ('02), executive director of pharmacy services at Broward Health, has been elected to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Committee on Nominations, serving as an alternate member. He has been a member of ASHP since 2002. Lacknauth is responsible for strategic direction, financial and clinical outcomes, and marketing and program refinement with oversight and integration for Broward Health’s five acute care hospitals and 10 outpatient clinics.

Active in professional organizations both nationally and regionally, Lacknauth was appointed to the leadership committee of ASHP and is a former president of the Southeast Society of Health System Pharmacists. Lacknauth was recently elected to the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists (FSHP) board of directors, where he previously served as professional affairs committee chair, and is an active elected delegate representing FSHP at ASHP.  

Sept. 8 , 2020

SMP Pharmacy Solutions Announces the Grand Opening of New State-Of-The-Art Facility in Miami

Dr. Bardisa

Starting in 2003, with only himself and a cashier as staff members, NSU COP Alumnus Armando Bardisa, Pharm.D. ('97) built the highy successful, independent South Miami Pharmacy, now called SMP Pharmacy Solutions. These days, the big drugstore chains are watching his innovations, and venture capitals are wooing him. SMP is one of the brightest stars in the business world. SMP was listed as the eighth most-successful, privately held business in the state. The company has been on Inc. magazine's list of 5,000 fastest-growing private companies for 8 consecutive years and won the prestigious J.D. Power & Associates' "highest in the customer satisfaction" rating. In September, 2020 the SMP Pharmacy Solutions announced the grand opening of their new state-of-the-art facility in Miami.

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