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April 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 10

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Cleveland Clinic Weston's Director of Pharmacy Named 2019 ASHP Fellow

April 11, 2019 – William Kernan, PharmD, MBA, Director of Pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic Weston, has been named a 2019 Fellow by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). The ASHP Practitioner Recognition Program recognizes pharmacists who have excelled in pharmacy practice and distinguished themselves through service and contributions to ASHP.
 
Kernan oversees the pharmacy services for Cleveland Clinic Florida which includes inpatient services, an outpatient pharmacy, two oncology infusion pharmacies, an ambulatory surgery center, and multiple surgical and medicine clinics. He has received numerous accolades such as the Florida Society of Health System Pharmacy (FSHP) Meritorious Service Award, FSHP Recruiter of the Year Award and Florida A&M University’s Preceptor of the Year Award. In 2007, he established the Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) program, an ASHP accredited, one-year, post-graduate program to advance the practice of pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic Florida and the South Florida community.
 
“Cleveland Clinic Weston is proud of Bill’s recognition as a 2019 ASHP Fellow, which highlights his commitment to delivering innovative pharmacy services and patient-centered care to the South Florida community,” said Rodolfo Blandon, MD, MBA, President of Cleveland Clinic Weston. “Bill’s oversight and pharmaceutical expertise is an invaluable asset to our pharmacy services team and we are honored to have him as a leader in our hospital and community.” 
 
Kernan received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University and completed a PGY1 residency at University Medical Center (now UF Health Shands) in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to becoming the Director of Pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic, he was a board certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist serving as the critical care pharmacist. He is currently the President-elect of FSHP and serves as the vice chair of ASHP’s section advisory group on leadership development. He served as the Chairman of the FSHP Political Action Committee from 2017-2018 and on the Board of Directors for the Florida Society of Health System Pharmacy (FSHP) from 2014-2017. He has also served twice as President of the Southeast Chapter of FSHP and has chaired the Florida Residency Conference Steering Committee.  
 
“I am honored to receive this prestigious fellowship and to be part of the pharmacy services team at Cleveland Clinic Weston, which is one of the few centers in the state that offers the highest level of pharmaceutical expertise and personalized care,” said Kernan. “This fellowship is a testament to our work and focus on delivering quick and accurate prescription services while educating patients on the importance of their medication therapy.” 
 
ASHP has recognized 22 of its members in the 2019 class for their practice leadership with the designation “Fellow of ASHP” (FASHP). Members who have achieved this prestigious honor have successfully demonstrated sustained commitment or contributions to excellence in pharmacy practice for at least 10 years, contributed to the total body of knowledge in the field, demonstrated active involvement and leadership in ASHP, and have been actively involved in and committed to educating practitioners and others. 
 
 
About Cleveland Clinic Weston 
Cleveland Clinic Weston, part of Cleveland Clinic’s Florida region, is a nonprofit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. With locations in Weston, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Parkland, West Palm Beach, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Cleveland Clinic Weston has more than 250 physicians with expertise in 55 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital. Cleveland Clinic’s Florida region now includes Cleveland Clinic Indian River and Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and has hospitals and outpatient centers in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. The Florida region is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit www.clevelandclinicflorida.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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