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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor specialist named Pharmacist of the Year by Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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12/03/2013
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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor specialist named Pharmacist of the Year
by Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – (Dec. 3, 2013) – Curtis Collins, a pharmacist specializing in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, was named the 2013 Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Pharmacist of the Year at the group's annual meeting last month.

Collins was recognized for his ongoing dedication to patients as well as his outstanding service and commitment to the profession. Shortly after taking a position with the clinical pharmacy team at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, he spearheaded antimicrobial stewardship efforts within the organization and across CHE Trinity Health. He provided relief and support to the organization's ongoing response to the fungal meningitis outbreak.

Collins' career has been marked by continued dedication to professional organizations, including the National Quality Forum, the National Priorities Partnership, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. He was recently named a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and has been very active within ASHP including service on the Council on Pharmacy Practice and the Council on Therapeutics. Collins’ activities within the state of Michigan include service to the Michigan Society of Health-System Pharmacists where he helped organize a statewide infectious diseases pharmacist network and was a member of the MSHP Board of Directors and other MSHP committees. He serves as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and infectious diseases fellows, as well as student pharmacists from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy.

Collins received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Drake University. He received a Master of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 3,200 physicians.

SJMHS is a member of CHE Trinity Health, one of the largest Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 84 hospitals, 95 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.4 million visits annually. The organization was formed by the May 2013 consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Healthcare East.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

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